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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, 01.4.2014 / 12:30 PM ET / 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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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