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5 Things To Watch: Jan. 4 vs Nashville

Whether you're going to the game or if you can't make it and are catching the game on FOX Sports Florida or 560 WQAM, here are the five things to look for in tonight's matchup against Nashville.

Saturday, 01.04.2014 / 12:30 PM / News
By Jesse Cynamon  - FloriaPanthers.com
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5 Things To Watch: Jan. 4 vs Nashville
Whether you\'re going to the game or if you can\'t make it and are catching the game on FOX Sports Florida or 560 WQAM, here are the five things to look for in tonight\'s matchup against Nashville.

Whether you're going to the game or if you can't make it and are catching the game on FOX Sports Florida or 560 WQAM, here are the five things to look for in tonight's matchup against Nashville.

PREDATORS (18-18-5) at PANTHERS (15-20-6)
7:00 PM ET; TV: FOX Sports Network; RADIO: 560 AM
Last 10: Nashville 4-4-2; Florida 6-3-1

TOP PICKS COLLIDE: This matchup sees two top-4 selections from this past summer’s NHL Entry Draft face off. Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (the 2nd overall selection) is currently riding a career-high 4-game point streak and has nine points in the last 10 games. Barkov was taken two spots earlier than Predators’ defenseman Seth Jones. Jones, who is also heating up, has five points in his last five games.

YOUNG FRANCHISES: Both the Panthers and Predators are relatively recent expansion teams. This year the Panthers are celebrating their 20th season in the NHL while the Predators joined the league in 1998. The teams share more than a young, competitive history with each other. Peter Horachek was a member of the Nashville organization for 10 years before joining on to eventually become the Panthers’ head coach this year.

PANTHERS POINTS LEADERS: Currently, Tomas Fleischmann is leading the Panthers in points with 20 (5-15-20). Behind him is the rookie sensation Barkov with 19 points (7-12-19) – Barkov’s 19 points also ranks ninth among rookie leaders. Defenseman Brian Campbell is tied with Barkov with 19 points (5-14-19).

END OF A HOME-STAND: With this game against Nashville, the Panthers end a 5-game holiday home-stand. After the game the Panthers will be leaving for a 3-game road-trip, heading to Montreal, Buffalo and New Jersey, before returning home for a Tuesday, Jan. 14 game against the New York Islanders.

WORKHORSES: Panthers’ defenseman Brian Campbell is averaging 27:31 time-on-the-ice per game. Campbell, who is also putting up points for the Panthers, ranks 2nd in the NHL in minutes, trailing only Minnesota’s Ryan Suter and his 29:38 per game. The Predators have two players in the top-10 in this category with Shea Webber in 4th (26:49), and Roman Josi in 8th (25:42).

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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