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Florida has lost four of five; Forsberg could miss second straight game

by Robby Stanley / Independent Correspondent

PANTHERS (2-2-3) at PREDATORS (4-3-0)

8 p.m. ET; FS-F, FS-TN, NHL.TV


The Game

Filip Forsberg could miss his second straight game when the Nashville Predators host the Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

Forsberg, who is day to day with a lower-body injury, did not participate in the morning skate. The Predators recalled forwards Yakov Trenin and Miikka Salomaki from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Saturday and reassigned forward Daniel Carr.

The Panthers will play the second game of a back-to-back set. They lost 5-4 in overtime to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. Florida is 1-1-3 in its past five games.


Players to watch

Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau has eight points (three goals, five assists) in a six-game point streak.

Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis has six assists in a three-game point streak.


They said it

"We know we can score goals. We've got to keep the puck out of our net. We had a couple of goals again, open-side plays. We've got to be stingier in that area. Against a Nashville team, you've got to defend from start to finish. Loud building, fun building to play in, and we've got to play the right way." -- Florida coach Joel Quenneville after a 5-4 overtime loss to Colorado on Friday

"I think we gave up a lot of rush goals. Once we're in the [defensive] zone, the coverage is pretty good. There's not a lot of goals from that. Just rush defense and I guess just making sure you manage the puck and don't give them those chances to have those rushes, that's kind of been a problem for us." -- Nashville defenseman Roman Josi


Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Mike Hoffman -- Vincent Trocheck -- Brett Connolly

Frank Vatrano -- Denis Malgin -- Mark Pysyk

Dryden Hunt -- Noel Acciari -- Colton Sceviour

MacKenzie Weegar -- Aaron Ekblad

Mike Matheson -- Anton Stralman

Keith Yandle -- Josh Brown

Sam Montembeault

Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratched: Henrik Borgstrom, Jayce Hawryluk

Injured: None


Predators projected lineup

Calle Jarnkrok -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Kyle Turris -- Matt Duchene -- Mikael Granlund

Yakov Trenin -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Miikka Salomaki -- Colton Sissons -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Matt Irwin, Rocco Grimaldi

Injured: Filip Forsberg (lower body)


Status report

The Panthers did not hold a morning skate. … Turris moved from the fourth line to the wing on the second line. Grimaldi rotated in on the fourth line with Salomaki, Sissons and Watson.


Stat pack

Dadonov has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past five games. … Weegar has four points (one goal, three assists) in a three-game point streak. ... Johansen will pay in his 600th NHL game.

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