The opponent: The Nashville Predators sit 3 points ahead of our Panthers with a 5-4-1 record, and are coming off of a 3-1 win over Edmonton on Thursday. The Preds sport one of the league's best offenses, ranked 5th in the NHL, averaging 3.4 goals per game. The good news for the Panthers is that Nashville is near the bottom of the list in scoring defense, giving up 3.5 goals a game. If the Panthers defense has a good showing, the offense might catch a spark in Music City.
It's been well documented how the Panthers power play has struggled so far (it's last in the NHL at a meager 10.5%). More good news, though. Nashville's PK is 25th in the league (76%).
Craig Anderson will get the start for the Panthers. No news yet on who the netminder will be for the Predators. 1st string 'tender Dan Ellis has been bothered by a bad back and did not start their last game. If he's out, Pekka Rinne should be between the pipes.
Nashville has been strong of late, getting a point in each of their last 3 games (2-0-1). The Panthers are coming off back-to-back losses and hoping to get their road trip off to a good start. There is no television coverage of this game, so after watching a full day of college football, be sure to check back here for a recap.