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Game 56: Brushin' it off

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Nashville Predators (25-21-9 59P) vs Florida Panthers (32-17-6 70P)

  • WHEN: 7:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 6:30ish
  • WHERE: BB&T Center - Plantation Cutler Ridge Sunrise, FL
  • UPCOMING PROMOTIONS: Presidents Day specials, Valentine's Day Weekend specials, Coke Zero Collectible Pins (detailsNick Bjugstad is February's honoree)



  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 2 of 2 (1-0-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs NSH: 9W-6L-3T 2OTL 3SOL 57GF 56GA
  • ALL-TIME at FLA: 6W-1L-1T 2OTL 1SOL 34GF 26GA
  • LAST FIVE vs NSH: 2-1-2 14GF 15GA
  • LAST GAME vs NSH: FLA 2 at NSH 1 in regulation (LBC Recap) - 12/03/2015


  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Luongo (24-13-5 .927/2.23 4SO), Hutton (5-2-1 .916/2.36 1SO)
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs NSH (regular season): 20GP 7G-17A 24P 1GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: FloridaNashville

* Preview:

Nashville has lost two games in a row and four of five after blowing a lead late in the third period of a 4-3 overtime loss at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday. The Predators are 1-8 in games ending in overtime. James Neal scored his 20th goal in the loss; he has at least 20 goals in each of his first eight NHL seasons, the past two with Nashville.  (More) Preview:

Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya have helped the Florida Panthers reach the top of the Atlantic Division with stingy goaltending, but pucks are slipping past them at an alarming rate lately. The Nashville Predators are having that problem, too, and the scoreboard operator could be busy Saturday night when the slumping clubs meet in Sunrise. Florida ranks near the top of the league defensively allowing an average of 2.3 goals per game, backed by Luongo's 2.23 goals-against average in 43 appearances and Montoya's 2.06 mark in 15 games. Both were needed Friday, though, after Luongo allowed three goals on 13 shots in the first period and Montoya made 13 saves in the final 40 minutes of a 5-3 loss to St. Louis that began a six-game homestand.  (More)


Last game for the Cats: 5-3 home loss to St. Louis Friday. Past five: 2-2-1 18GF 18GA (streak: 1L)

Last game for the Preds: 4-3 overtime loss in Tampa Bay Friday. Past five: 1-3-1 15GF 18GA (streak: 2L)


Saturday in the Atlantic Division (Standings / Panthers Playoff Chances):

  • BOSTON (29-19-6 64P) at Minnesota (23-21-10 56P), 2:00
  • TORONTO (19-25-9 47P) at Vancouver (22-20-12 56P), 7:00
  • OTTAWA (25-25-6 56P) at Columbus (22-28-6 50P), 7:00
  • Idle: DET (65P), TBL (64P), MTL (58P), BUF (50P)


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