Preview: Predators @ Panthers, 2/13/16

Game #56
Nashville Predators (25-21-9 / 59 PTS) @ Florida Panthers (32-17-6 / 70 PTS)
Saturday, February 13th, 2016 – 7:00 PM EST
BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL

Between the Lines

The Panthers and Predators will face each other for the 2nd time this season and both will be playing in the 2nd game of back-to-back sets. Florida lost to the St. Louis Blues on Friday night 5-3 despite scoring the first goal of the game as a result of 3 unanswered 1st period goals. The Panthers were without Aleksander Barkov for the 3rd straight game Erik Gudbranson for the 4th straight game, and Willie Mitchell who hasn’t played in nearly a month. Roberto Luongo started the game but was pulled after the 1st period in favor of Al Montoya, however Luongo will start again on Saturday night. Erik Gudbranson and Aleksander Barkov will miss Saturday’s game while John McFarland is slated to make his NHL debut.

The Predators are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night. Nashville has 2 one-goal leads and lost both of them as Steven Stamkos tied the game in the 3rd and Tyler Johnson won it in the overtime period. Pekka Rinne made 24 saves on 28 shots and the Predators went 0/2 on the power play.

The two teams last met when Quinton Howden and Jonathan Huberdeau tallied the two Panther goals in a 2-1 regulation win on December 3rd. Luongo made 32 saves on 33 shots.

Projected Line Combinations

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11 Huberdeau – 27 Bjugstad – 68 Jagr L1 19 Jarnkrok – 92 Johansen – 18 Neal
36 Jokinen – 21 Trocheck – 18 Smith L2 Forsberg – 63 Ribeiro – 15 Smith
42 Howden – 73 Pirri – 48 Shaw L3 33 Wilson – 12 Fisher – 38 Arvidsson
28 Wilson – 17 MacKenzie – 22 Thornton L4 20 Salomaki – 28 Gaustad – 16 Bass
7 Kulikov – 5 Ekblad D1 59 Josi – 6 Weber
51 Campbell – 6 Petrovic D2 14 Ekholm – 4 Ellis
3 Kampfer – 37 Regner D3 5 Jackman – 2 Bitetto
1 Luongo – 35 Montoya G 30 Hutton – 35 Rinne
McFarland, Bolland, Barkov X Watson, Granberg
Gudbranson, Mitchell INJ Bourque, Nystrom

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 17 23 40
2. Jussi Jokinen 12 28 40
3. Jonathan Huberdeau 10 28 38
4. Vincent Trocheck 17 18 35
5. Aleksander Barkov 16 19 35

Nashville Predators

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Ryan Johansen 10 31 41
2. Roman Josi 11 29 40
3. Filip Forsberg 18 18 36
4. Shea Weber 14 21 35
5. Mike Ribeiro 6 28 34

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 24-13-5 .928 2.17

Nashville Predators

Name Record Save % GAA
Carter Hutton 5-2-1 .916 2.36
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