The Nashville Predators will try for their second victory in as many nights when they face the Florida Panthers this evening at BB&T Center. It's the second and final meeting between the two this season; the Preds fell to the Panthers in a shootout back in October.
Nashville has points in each of their last four games, and that's including a 3-0 shutout of the Carolina Hurricanes last night in Raleigh. Pekka Rinne recorded his 350th career victory and 58th career shutout to bounce back after a tough stretch.
The result also saw the Preds continue a stretch of solid play, and they were rewarded for their efforts with a win over the Hurricanes for the first time in three seasons.
"We're playing the right way, every line's contributing, whether that's scoring or just getting pucks deep, checking, blocking shots - everyone's contributing in their own way," Preds forward Rocco Grimaldi said following Friday's win. "Our goalies both have been awesome, so our team's definitely trending in the right direction, and we have to keep that going tomorrow in Florida."
Rinne's shutout moved him into a tie for 19th all-time in NHL history, and Grimaldi scored his first career game-winning goal to push his point streak to three games (1g-2a).
Video: Rinne makes 31 saves, Predators shut out Hurricanes
Last Time Out:
Grimaldi, Calle Jarnkrok and Austin Watson all tallied for the Preds in Rinne's shutout win in Carolina. Roman Josi paces the Preds in points with 24, followed by Matt Duchene with 20 and Ryan Ellis with 19. Filip Forsberg and Nick Bonino have 10 goals apiece, and Jarnkrok now has nine. Juuse Saros is 3-5-2 for the Preds with a .891 save percentage.
Florida has followed up a three-game winning streak with a three-game skid, including a 4-3 loss to the Capitals on Wednesday. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers with 31 points, followed by Aleksander Barkov with 30 points, and then Evgenii Dadanov and Keith Yandle with 20 points apiece. Brett Connolly has 12 goals on the season; Huberdeau, Dadanov and Mike Hoffman all have 10 each. Sergei Bobrovsky is 9-6-4 in net with a .884 save percentage.
The Predators are 14-12-(3)-2 all-time against the Panthers, including a 6-7-(1)-1 record on the road. Nashville has won two of its last five (2-2-1) and five of its last 11 (5-5-1) games against Florida, and the Preds have earned at least a point in five of their last seven games (4-2-1) at BB&T Center.
In the first meeting between the two teams this season, the Preds picked up goals from Roman Josi and Kyle Turris but fell in a shootout, 3-2, on Oct. 19 at Bridgestone Arena.
Notables Versus Florida:
Roman Josi has 11 points (5g-6a) in 13 career games versus Florida, including seven points (4g-3a) in his last six contests.
Matt Duchene is operating at nearly a point-per-game pace against the Panthers in his career, recording nine goals and eight assists for 17 points in 18 contests. He's picked up five multi-point outings versus Florida, including two three-point efforts.
Watch & Listen:
Coverage for tonight's 6 p.m. CT puck drop in Sunrise begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 5:30 p.m. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Lyndsay Rowley have the call on the television side, while Pete Weber and Hal Gill will broadcast on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. Pregame coverage on the radio side begins at 5 p.m. with Darren McFarland. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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