Found March 03, 2012 on Fang Faction:

Coming off a tough loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, the Nashville Predators look to right the ship Saturday night in Florida against the Panthers. 

Nashville @ Florida

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Nashville is 37-20-7 with 81 points going into Saturday night's game, good for 5th place in the highly competitive Western Conference. Florida, on the other hand, is 30-21-12 with 72 points and the lead in the Southeast division (third in the Eastern Conference). 

As already stated above, Nashville is coming off a close loss to Carolina on Tuesday. The Predators are obviously hoping to see if some magic can begin to work with their recent roster adjustments, and now is a good of a time as ever.

The Panthers took a pounding in Winnipeg to the Jets, losing 7-0. Florida, back home now, will definitely be looking to shake off that loss and get back on the winning track against the Predators. 

Kris Versteeg is leading the Panthers in points (49) and goals (22), while Brian Campbell leads the team in assists (39). The Panthers' offense is most effective when given penalty opportunities, with the 10th best power play percentage (18.9%).

This is the lone matchup between these two teams, although they did split a pair of games in the preseason. The game will be on Fox Sports for those viewers in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. Central time. 

 

Upcoming games for the Predators:

Saturday, March 3 @Panthers

Tuesday, March 6 vs Kings

Thursday, March 8 vs Avalanche

Saturday, March 10 vs Red Wings

Monday, March 12 @Coyotes

 

Other games to watch

Columbus @ Phoenix - Phoenix looks to hang on to their slim division lead over the Sharks by taking care of business at home against the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets.

Buffalo @ Vancouver - Buffalo is only four points out of the Eastern Conference playoff race, while Vancouver is one point ahead of Detroit for first place in the Wester Conference. The Canucks cannot afford to lose to the Sabres at home.

Anaheim @ Los Angeles - After some signs of life and a big of a mid-season surge, things have started to settle down for the Ducks, although they are still on the fringe of playoff contention (7 points behind 8th place). The Kings, meanwhile, have fallen out of the top eight in the West and look to gain points to rejoin the battle. This is a very important game in deciding which of these teams (if either) will be able to make a serious run at making the playoffs.

St. Louis @ San Jose - St. Louis is only two points behind the Red Wings for first place in the Central Division, while San Jose is only two points behind the Coyotes for first place in the Pacific Division. The importance of this game is rather obvious.

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