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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 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 62 22 15 -8 37
J. Jokinen 61 6 28 -1 34
J. Huberdeau 59 9 24 2 33
A. Ekblad 62 9 23 8 32
B. Boyes 60 10 21 8 31
J. Jagr 58 11 18 -11 29
J. Hayes 53 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 62 3 19 3 22
A. Barkov 51 9 12 -6 21
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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