Nashville Predators 3, Florida Panthers 1

Florida downed Pekka Rinne and the Predators the last time the two met in Florida. Now, a completely new team greets Nashville. Can Florida start a new winning streak after the embarrassment on Thursday?

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Nashville Predators 3, Florida Panthers 1

First Period:

Tomas Fleischmann got the first good chance of the game, stealing the puck in the neutral zone and skating around two defenders before rocketing the shot off the post at the three minute mark.

At the seven minute mark, Florida was awarded the first power play of the night when Mike Fisher was called for holding Tomas Fleischmann in the Florida zone. The Cats managed to get one shot on goal, but the Preds easily killed off the chance, clearing the puck out three times.

Nashville would get on the board first at the 11 minute mark when Andrei Kostitsyn (13) beat Scott Clemmensen on the Predator’s third shot of the game. This despite the Panthers outshooting Nashville 10-3 up to that point. Clemmensen has allowed four goals on the last 11 shots he has seen. Paul Gaustad received credit for an assist.

Second Period:

Mike Fisher doubled the Nashville lead less than a minute into the second, banging the puck over Clemmensen’s glove side on a Martin Erat feed from behind the net.

Wojtek Wolski (2) scored the Panthers first goal in five periods on a cross ice pass from Marcel Goc. Tomas Fleischmann collected the secondary assist on the play.

Sergei Kostitsyn slashed Sean Bergenheim at the 12 minute mark to give the Panthers their second power play opportunity of the game. Florida kept the puck in the Nashville zone for the entire first minute of the man advantage, as the Predators only cleared the puck once, by accident. Bergenheim would retire to the dressing room, as the Panthers failed to convert. Bergenheim shortly rejoined the on-ice action.

Jordin Tootoo gave the Panthers another chance when he tripped Brian Campbell at the 17 minute mark. Aside from a few Jason Garrison shots, the Panthers couldn’t generate any action on the scoreboard.

Third Period:

David Legwand scored his 15th in the third on a breakaway chance, easily beating Clemmensen at the seven minute mark. Assists were earned on the play by Patric Hornqvist and Andrei Kostitsyn.

Florida pulled the goaltender with two minutes remaining, but everything the Cats threw at Pekka Rinne was easily turned aside. Jason Garrison gave the Predators their first power play of the night with 16 seconds remaining when Jason Garrison hooked Martin Erat to prevent a sure goal.

Hits: Tied, 22-22 (Gabriel Bourque led Nashville with four, Tyson Strachan had four for Florida)

Blocked Shots: Panthers, 11-9 (Hal Gill and Rudi Josi each had two for the Preds, Keaton Ellerby and Erik Gudbranson each blocked two for the Cats)

Faceoffs: Panthers, 34-25 (Paul Gaustad won 15-of-22 for the Preds. Marcel Goc and Stephen Weiss each won half of their faceoffs, combining to split their 34 chances)

Shots On Goal: Panthers, 40-23 (Tomas Fleischmann and Wojtek Wolski each took five shots for Florida, David Legwand led Nashville with five)

Score: Predators 3, Panthers 1

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Nashville Predators 2, Florida Panthers 1, Second Intermission

Mike Fisher doubled the Nashville lead less than a minute into the second, banging the puck over Clemmensen’s glove side on a Martin Erat feed from behind the net. It was Fisher’s 19th goal of the season.

Wojtek Wolski (2) scored the Panthers first goal in five periods on a cross ice pass from Marcel Goc. Tomas Fleischmann collected the secondary assist on the play.

Sergei Kostitsyn slashed Sean Bergenheim at the 12 minute mark to give the Panthers their second power play opportunity of the game. Florida kept the puck in the Nashville zone for the entire first minute of the man advantage, as the Predators only cleared the puck once, by accident. Bergenheim would retire to the dressing room, as the Panthers failed to convert. Bergenheim shortly rejoined the on-ice action.

Jordin Tootoo gave the Panthers another chance when he tripped Brian Campbell at the 17 minute mark. Aside from a few Jason Garrison shots, the Panthers couldn’t generate any action on the scoreboard.

Hits: Predators, 17-11 (Gabriel Bourque leads Nashville with four, Tyson Strachan has three for Florida)

Blocked Shots: Panthers, 7-6 (Hal Gill has two for the Preds, Erik Gudbranson two for the Cats)

Faceoffs: Panthers, 23-12 (Paul Gaustad has won six-of-11 for the Preds. After winning only one-of-six chances for the Cats in the first, Stephen Weiss won all five of his faceoff opportunities in the second period)

Shots On Goal: Panthers, 24-14 (Sean Bergenheim, Mike Santorelli and Wojtek Wolski all have three for Florida, David Legwand and Shea Weber lead Nashville with two each)

Score: Predators 2, Panthers 1

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Predators Lead Florida After First, 1-0

Tomas Fleischmann got the first good chance of the game, stealing the puck in the neutral zone and skating around two defenders before rocketing the shot off the post at the three minute mark.

At the seven minute mark, Florida was awarded the first power play of the night when Mike Fisher was called for holding Tomas Fleischmann in the Florida zone. The Cats managed to get one shot on goal, but the Preds easily killed off the chance, clearing the puck out three times.

Nashville would get on the board first at the 11 minute mark when Andrei Kostitsyn (13) beat Scott Clemmensen on the Predator’s third shot of the game. This despite the Panthers outshooting Nashville 10-3 up to that point. Clemmensen has allowed four goals on the last 11 shots he has seen. Paul Gaustad received credit for an assist.

Hits: Predators, 9-5 (Gabriel Bourque leads Nashville with two, Mike Weaver has two for Florida)

Blocked Shots: Panthers, 3-2

Faceoffs: Tied, 9-9 (Paul Gaustad has won five-of-seven for the Preds, Stephen Weiss has won only one-of-six for the Cats)

Shots On Goal: Panthers, 15-6 (Sean Bergenheim, Marcel Goc, Mike Santorelli and Wojtek Wolski all have two for Florida)

Score: Predators 1, Panthers 0

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Florida Panthers Host Nashville Predators: Injury Report And Starting Lineup

Florida Panthers:

Injuries:


Florida Panthers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Matt Bradley other-excused 02/20/2012
Scottie Upshall sports-hernia 01/25/2012
Dmitry Kulikov knee 01/22/2012

Starting Lineup:

Forwards:

Sean Bergenheim - Stephen Weiss - Mikael Samuelsson

Tomas Fleischmann - Marcel Goc - Wojtek Wolski

Shawn Matthias - Mike Santorelli - Marco Sturm

Krys Barch - Jerred Smithson - Jack Skille

Defensemen:

Jason Garrison - Brian Campbell

Erik Gudbranson - Mike Weaver

Keaton Ellerby - Tyson Strachan

Goalie:

Scott Clemmensen (11-5-5) is listed as the likely starter at the Daily Faceoff. He is 2-1-2 against the Preds.

Nashville Predators:

Injuries:


Nashville Predators Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Brian McGrattan other-excused 03/03/2012
Paul Gaustad other-excused 03/03/2012

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Kevin Klein other-excused 03/03/2012

Starting Lineup:

Forwards:

Sergei Kostitsyn - Mike Fisher - Martin Erat

Andrei Kostitsyn - David Legwand - Patric Hornqvist

Colin Wilson - Nick Spaling - Jordin Tootoo

Matt Halischuk - Craig Smith - Gabriel Bourque

Defensemen:

Ryan Suter - Shea Weber

Francis Bouillon - Jack Hillen

Hal Gill - Roman Josi

Goalie:

Pekka Rinne (35-13-7) is 1-2-0 lifetime against the Cats, and is listed as likely for tonight's matchup.

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Nashville Predators Visit Florida Panthers: Facts And Figures

Season Series: 0-0-0

All-Time Series: 7-4-6

Game Time: 7:30 ET

Common Thread:

Florida forward Marcel Goc played 124 games over two seasons for the Predators, totalling 21 goals, 33 assists, a plus-20 rating and 20 penalty minutes.

Panthers forward Mike Santorelli spent his first two NHL seasons with Nashville, in 32 games scoring two goals and one assist with a minus-13 rating and 10 penalty minutes.

Forward Jerred Smithson was recently acquired from the Predators by the Panthers. He spent 497 games over parts of seven seasons with the team, totalling 36 goals and 50 assists with a minus-30 rating and 313 penalty minutes.

Predators forward Niclas Bergfors played 20 games for the Panthers last season, scoring one goal and six assists with a plus-2 and two penalty minutes.


Team Milestones:
Goals:

Tomas Fleischmann currently has 20 goals, and will move into a tie with Jason Garrison in 49th with his next. Kris Versteeg sits in 48th, with 22.
Shawn Matthias moves past Mike Van Ryn into 45th with his next goal, number 26.
Mike Santorelli moves into a tie for 37th with Niklas Hagman if goal number 30 happens tonight.
Ed Jovanovski will tie Richard Zednik in 32nd with his 32nd goal.
Two more goals for Stephen Weiss will move him into a tie for fourth with Nathan Horton, at 142.

Assists:
Brian Campbell’s 40th assist will tie him in 49th with Terry Carkner.
Ed Jovanovski’s next assist will give him 61, moving him past Dave Lowry into 28th.

Team Leaders:
Games:

Mike Weaver, Brian Campbell, Tomas Fleischmann – 63

Goals:
Kris Versteeg – 22
Tomas Fleischmann – 20
Stephen Weiss – 16

Assists:
Brian Campbell – 39
Stephen Weiss – 30
Kris Versteeg – 27

Points:
Kris Versteeg – 49
Tomas Fleischmann, Stephen Weiss – 46

Plus/Minus:
Jason Garrison – plus-8
Stephen Weiss – plus-7
Mikael Samuelsson – plus-4

Point Shares:
Jose Theodore – 7.1
Jason Garrison – 6.7
Brian Campbell – 6.6
Kris Versteeg – 6.2
Stephen Weiss, Tomas Fleischmann – 5.3

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Nashville Predators Visit Florida Panthers: Game 64 Preview

Florida downed Pekka Rinne and the Predators the last time the two met in Florida. Now, a completely new team greets Nashville. Can Florida start a new winning streak after the embarrassment on Thursday?

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