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GameDay 8: Nashville Predators at Florida Panthers, Part II



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The Florida Panthers were disappointed following their late loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

Lucky for them, there is no time to dwell on the defeat.

Florida and Nashville go right back at it Friday night at 7, less than 24 hours after the Preds rallied from a two-goal deficit in the final three minutes to beat the Panthers 6-5 in overtime.

The loss, a game the Panthers had in hand, overshadowed the first NHL hat trick from Jonathan Huberdeau.

Sasha Barkov’s goal in the second period also pulled him into sole possession of second place in franchise history with 158 goals scored. He had been tied with Scott Mellanby.

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“It’s over,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “Let’s learn from it. We’ll wake up tomorrow and go over the game. This one is right around the corner. They are a good team, a fast team and things happen quickly. Let’s respond the right way.”

The Panthers go into the game 5-0-2 as their seven-game point streak is the second-longest point streak to start a season in franchise history.

It is the longest since the shootout-tiebreaker replaced ties in 2005-06.

The Panthers remain the only team in the league not to have lost a game in regulation this season.

They hope to keep that going Friday with Detroit coming in for a two-game set starting Sunday afternoon.

A Huberdeau Hat Trick not enough as Florida Panthers lose to Nashville

While Sergei Bobrovsky started Thursday, Chris Driedger (2-0-1) will go Friday.

Whether Quenneville changes up the lineup aside from that will likely be known by Friday evening when he speaks to the media.

One thing we know is Aleksi Heponiemi will be out of the lineup. On Friday afternoon, he was sent to AHL Syracuse. Owen Tippett was called back from the taxi squad.

It is possible defenseman Noah Juulsen finds his way into the lineup for the first time since being claimed off waivers from Montreal during training camp.

If not Friday, he looks to get in against the Red Wings.

This is Game 2 of a six-game homestand for the Panthers.

Nashville Predators at Florida Panthers

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise

TV/Radio: FSF/560-AM

Records/Standings: Florida 5-0-2 (T-3rd in Central); Nashville 5-5-0 (7th)

All-time series: Florida leads 15-9-6 (3 ties)

Season series: Nashville won opener 6-5 (OT) on Thursday

Last season: Florida won both meetings (3-2, SO; 3-0)

Up next: Detroit at Florida, Sunday, 3 p.m.; Tampa Bay at Nashville, Monday, 8

Projected Florida Panthers lines

Florida forwards

23 Carter Verhaeghe — 16 Sasha Barkov — 91 Anthony Duclair

11 Jonathan Huberdeau — 21 Alex Wennberg — 70 Patric Hornqvist

77 Frank Vatrano —27  Eetu Luostarinen — 10 Brett Connolly

55 Noel Acciari — 83 Juho Lammikko — 74 Owen Tippett

Florida defensemen

52 MacKenzie Weegar — 5 Aaron Ekblad

65 Markus Nutivaara — 6 Anton Stralman

3 Keith Yandle — 7 Radko Gudas

Florida goalies

60 Chris Driedger

72 Sergei Bobrovsky

Likely scratches: D Noah Juulsen, F Vinnie Hinostroza

Taxi squad: D Kevin Connauton, F Ryan Lomberg, F Mason Marchment, G Philippe Desrosiers.

IR: D Gustav Forsling (upper body)

Florida power play (9/23, 39.1% — 3rd in NHL)

Florida penalty kill (19/25 76% — 22nd in NHL)

PP1: Sasha Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Patric Hornqvist, Aaron Ekblad, Keith Yandle

PP2: Alex Wennberg, Frank Vatrano, Anthony Duclair, Carter Verhaeghe, Anton Stralman

Projected Nashville Predators lines

Nashville forwards

21 Nick Cousins — 92 Ryan Johansen — 33 Viktor Arvidsson

9 Filip Forsberg — 95 Matt Duchene — 64 Mikael Granlund

32 Yakov Trenin — 10 Colton Sissons — 28 Eeli Tolvanen

23 Rocco Grimaldi — 56 Erik Haula — 25 Mathieu Olivier

Nashville defensemen

59 Roman Josi — 4 Ryan Ellis

14 Mattias Ekholm — 57 Dante Fabbro

24 Jarred Tinordi — 5 Matt Benning

Nashville goalies

35 Pekka Rinne

74 Jusse Saros

Nashville power play (6/40 15% — 21st in NHL)

Nashville penalty kill (26/41 63.4% — 31st in NHL)

PP1: Nick Cousins, Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg, Ryan Ellis, Roman Josi

PP2: Eeli Tolvanen, Matt Duchene, Viktor Arvidsson, Dante Fabbro, Mikael Granlund

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