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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 1/4/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore



NASHVILLE (18-18-0-5, 41 pts.) at FLORIDA (15-20-0-6, 36 pts.)
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Saturday, 1/4/2014 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
7NASHVILLE+105Ov 5,-135+100Ov 5,-130
8FLORIDA-125Un 5,+115-120Un 5,+110
NASHVILLE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games18-23-0-1.718-23-1.715-172.429.03.029.8
Team Stats (Road Games)8-12-0-0.98-12-0.97-
Last 5 Games2-3-0-0.62-3-0.62-12.832.63.829.0
NASHVILLE Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)41973332311411918.1%1302720.8%166
Team Stats (Road Games)2045141813025717.9%641117.2%76
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)514347011638.6%16318.7%25
Stats Against (All Games) 12237404057122110.0%1312418.3%213
Stats Against (Road Games) 59221817236029.8%63914.3%107
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 1953101014513.1%12541.7%34
NASHVILLE - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MAGNUS HELLBERG (All Games)114375.0%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
MAGNUS HELLBERG (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MAGNUS HELLBERG(vs. Non-Conference)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MAGNUS HELLBERG (Last 4 Games)114375.0%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
CARTER HUTTON (All Games)191546341790.1%17-8+1.37-8-0+16-5
CARTER HUTTON (Road Games)111027124188.9%14-6-0.14-6-005-3
CARTER HUTTON(vs. Non-Conference)741059287.6%11-3-1.71-3-0-22-0
CARTER HUTTON (Last 4 Games)43705984.3%00-3-30-3-0-32-1
MAREK MAZANEC (All Games)201752147290.6%07-10-2.37-10-0-27-7
MAREK MAZANEC (Road Games)9723121291.8%03-4-0.33-4-0-12-4
MAREK MAZANEC(vs. Non-Conference)141233730189.3%04-8-44-8-0-45-5
MAREK MAZANEC (Last 4 Games)431079487.9%02-1+1.52-1-0+11-0
PEKKA RINNE (All Games)9822921091.7%14-4+0.24-4-001-5
PEKKA RINNE (Road Games)43989192.9%11-2-0.61-2-0-10-3
PEKKA RINNE(vs. Non-Conference)44968689.6%03-1+2.33-1-0+21-2
PEKKA RINNE (Last 4 Games)4411210694.6%12-2+0.32-2-001-3

FLORIDA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games15-26-0-7.915-26-7.918-182.329.03.229.3
Team Stats (Home Games)8-13-0-4.78-13-4.79-102.429.43.030.0
Last 5 Games1-4-0-31-4-33-
FLORIDA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)41961935384611908.1%1381510.9%144
Team Stats (Home Games)2150101720346188.1%60915.0%73
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)511362011328.3%20210.0%12
Stats Against (All Games) 13041463768120310.8%1283325.8%218
Stats Against (Home Games) 642024164563110.1%661624.2%105
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 186651115211.8%19526.3%31
FLORIDA - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (All Games)121029326289.4%05-5+0.95-5-0+14-4
SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Home Games)5412310988.6%02-2+0.12-2-002-1
SCOTT CLEMMENSEN(vs. Non-Conference)11322681.2%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Last 4 Games)4412311089.4%02-2+0.12-2-003-0
JACOB MARKSTROM (All Games)12928524987.4%01-8-7.41-8-0-76-3
JACOB MARKSTROM (Home Games)7616814988.7%01-5-4.41-5-0-43-3
JACOB MARKSTROM(vs. Non-Conference)7514912785.2%00-5-5.30-5-0-53-2
JACOB MARKSTROM (Last 4 Games)441109485.5%00-4-4.40-4-0-43-1
TIM THOMAS (All Games)222262256791.2%09-13-1.49-13-0-28-11
TIM THOMAS (Home Games)111133831292.3%05-6-0.45-6-0-14-6
TIM THOMAS(vs. Non-Conference)111131829291.8%06-5+3.46-5-0+34-5
TIM THOMAS (Last 4 Games)4411110594.6%03-1+2.13-1-0+21-3
Average power rating of opponents played: NASHVILLE 3.21,  FLORIDA 3.14
NASHVILLE - Schedule
12/10/2013at NY RANGERS4-1W0, +140W5 unP
12/12/2013DALLAS3-1W0, -120W5.5 unU
12/14/2013SAN JOSE3-2W0, +140W5 ovP
12/17/2013CHICAGO1-3L0, +125L5.5 unU
12/19/2013at TAMPA BAY2-4L0, +105L5 ovO
12/21/2013MONTREAL3-4L0, -105L5 unO
12/23/2013BOSTON2-6L0, +125L5 unO
12/27/2013at DALLAS1-4L0, +130L5.5 unU
12/28/2013LOS ANGELES3-2W0, +145W5 unP
12/30/2013DETROIT6-4W0, -105W5 ovO
1/2/2014at BOSTON2-3L0, +180L5 ovP
1/4/2014at FLORIDA 
1/5/2014at CAROLINA 
1/7/2014SAN JOSE 

FLORIDA - Schedule
12/8/2013at CHICAGO2-6L0, +245L5.5 ovO
12/10/2013DETROIT3-2W0, +105W5.5 unU
12/13/2013WASHINGTON3-2W0, +115W5.5 unU
12/15/2013at MONTREAL2-1W0, +150W5 ovU
12/17/2013at TORONTO3-1W0, +120W5.5 evU
12/19/2013at OTTAWA4-2W0, +115W5.5 unO
12/20/2013at WINNIPEG2-5L0, +145L5.5 unO
12/23/2013TAMPA BAY1-6L0, -105L5.5 unO
12/28/2013DETROIT3-4L0, +105L5 ovO
12/29/2013MONTREAL4-1W0, +100W5 ovP
12/31/2013NY RANGERS1-2L0, +100L5 ovU
1/6/2014at MONTREAL 
1/9/2014at BUFFALO 
1/11/2014at NEW JERSEY 
1/14/2014NY ISLANDERS 
NASHVILLE: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Making the playoffs has become so automatic for the Nashville Predators that they didn't react well to finishing below .500 for the first time in a decade.
They went shopping in a very big way hoping to make sure thatdoesn't happen again.
The Predators opened free agency signing five of the seven players they added on the first day. Right wing Viktor Stalberg from Stanley Cup champ Chicago is the key addition, and they also added Eric Nystrom, and Matt Hendricks and center Matt Cullen, who helped Carolina win the Stanley Cup in 2006.
"It shows all the commitment," captain Shea Weber said. "They made those moves, and they addressed the needs we have. They filled some spots, and obviously everyone's going to see what those guys are capable of. And we're going to see what they can do in the locker room as well."
Nashville will be looking for its eighth playoff berth in a decade this season trying to bounce back from a 16-23-9 record that put them 14th in the Western Conference.
"We feel like we're back to having the depth and the pieces to do what we need to do," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said.
The Predators will need scoring from the new players.
They averaged just 2.27 goals per game last season, tying Florida for the worst scoring average in the NHL. Stalberg is expected to be the biggest addition if he can prove that all he needed was more playing time after struggling to find ice time behind the offensive stars in Chicago. He tied for fifth in goals in Chicago despite ranking 20th in minutes per game last season.
"All the guys in the locker room expect us to be back in the playoffs this year and to make a run," Stalberg said. "We got what it takes in here. It's a matter of putting it all together and finding a way to win hockey games."
FLORIDA: SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - When the lockout ended and last season started for the Florida Panthers, there was so much promise.
A banner commemorating the team's division title was unfurled on opening night, the franchise's star-in-waiting scored on his first NHL shot and everything looked bright.
That good feeling disappeared in a hurry. The Panthers went from celebrating to collapsing without warning, and wound up finishing the season having given up more goals than any other team while being tied for last in goal-scoring - and posting the worst record in the NHL.

``It wasn't pleasant,'' Panthers captain Ed Jovanovski said.
One disaster after another - injuries and scoring droughts, mostly - plagued Florida last season, and the Panthers haven't forgotten. When camp opened earlier this month, the Panthers talked of both a need to move ahead but the necessity to remember how painful it was to be out of the playoff chase so early last season.

``I think we all pretty well know that we don't want to have another disaster like last year,'' Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. ``Guys are professional. They should be able to figure it out and if they don't figure it out, I'll figure it out for them.''
Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said his team cannot ignore the memory of last season's freefall. Not counting goals awarded in shootouts, Florida skaters scored 109 times last year, tied with Nashville for the worst total in the league.

``We had to acknowledge what happened as a group. We had to understand that there was ownership by all of us, from the GM to the coaching to the players and I think we all did that,'' Dineen said. ``I think the commitment was made to be better. There's been some hard decisions made this summer ... but we need to put a team and a style of that gives us the best chance to win.''
Changes were made, such as letting longtime Florida forward Stephen Weiss leave through free agency, and bringing Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Tim Thomas into the organization as a veteran influence. Thomas and Jacob Markstrom figure to get the bulk of the work in net early.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NASHVILLE-FLORIDA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Predators-Panthers Preview* ============================


Nashville (18-18-5) at Florida (15-20-6), 7:00 p.m. EDT

The Florida Panthers will try to use the unlikely return of captain Ed Jovanovski to inspire an end to their recent struggles.

The injury-plagued defenseman is expected to play for the first time in nearly 10 months Saturday night against the visiting Nashville Predators.

The 37-year-old Jovanovski could have retired after undergoing hip resurfacing but decided to work his way back into the lineup. Former two-sport star Bo Jackson returned to baseball with an artificial hip in 1993 but Jovanovski is reportedly the first to play after this procedure, which is an alternative to hip replacement.

Since February 2011, the Panthers captain has missed 121 games with various ailments, and he's appeared in only six contests since the beginning of last season.

"My passion for the game is still at a high," Jovanovski said. "I've been positive throughout this, and I'll going to continue to be positive. That's all I can ask for."

While he's only expected to play a handful of minutes, the Panthers (15-20-6) will try to use his return to boost them out of a 1-3-1 stretch. Florida easily dispatched Montreal 4-1 on Sunday but allowed the tying goal of a 2-1 shootout loss Tuesday to the New York Rangers with 2:10 left in regulation.

"We've got to get better," said forward Brad Boyes, who scored Florida's lone goal. "If we keep doing what we're doing, the good things will happen."

The Predators (18-18-5) have seen more positive results of late after dropping a season high-tying five in a row. They recorded back-to-back wins over Los Angeles and Detroit before coming up short in Boston on Thursday.

Shea Weber got the tying goal with 5:25 to go in regulation but the Bruins handed Nashville a 3-2 loss by scoring 54 seconds into overtime.

"We showed a lot of character getting the point back, because the crowd was into it," coach Barry Trotz said. "So it's a big point. But I'm really disappointed that we didn't get the two."

This game will mark the first meeting between Florida coach Peter Horachek, who spent nine seasons as an assistant in Nashville, and Trotz - the only coach in Predators history. Nashville topped the Panthers 4-3 on Oct. 15, but Florida's coach was Kevin Dineen.

Horachek took over after Dineen was fired Nov. 8 and the team has gone 12-11-2.

"I respect the people, coaches and staff (in Nashville)," Horachek said. "They're friends of mine, but I definitely want to win. I'm sure (Trotz) definitely wants to win. I think we'll go and hopefully both teams play well. That's what you want to see."

Nashville has won seven of the last nine meetings with Florida and each of the last two. Mike Fisher has five goals and two assists in his past four matchups with the Panthers, and he has a team-best eight points (three goals, five assists) during his team's 2-0-1 stretch.

Last Updated: 4/23/2018 6:55:14 AM EST

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