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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 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 46 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 46 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 43 9 17 1 26
J. Jokinen 45 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 44 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 35 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 35 5 10 -5 15
B. Campbell 46 3 11 -1 14
D. Kulikov 41 1 13 -3 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 11 8 .920 2.42
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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