Florida puts home win streak on the line against Nashville
Nashville Predators (28-18-4, fourth in the Central) vs. Florida Panthers (35-10-5, first in the Atlantic)
Sunrise, Florida; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Florida hosts Nashville aiming to prolong its nine-game home winning streak.
The Panthers are 23-3-0 on their home ice. Florida leads the Eastern Conference with seven shorthanded goals, led by Aleksander Barkov with four.
The Predators are 14-9-4 on the road. Nashville ranks seventh in the Western Conference averaging 5.3 assists per game, led by Roman Josi with 0.8.
The teams match up Tuesday for the first time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jonathan Huberdeau has 70 total points for the Panthers, 17 goals and 53 assists. Mason Marchment has 16 points over the last 10 games for Florida.
Josi leads the Predators with 51 points, scoring 13 goals and adding 38 assists. Alexandre Carrier has six assists over the last 10 games for Nashville.
LAST 10 GAMES: Panthers: 8-2-0, averaging 4.2 goals, seven assists, 4.3 penalties and 9.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a .906 save percentage.
Predators: 4-5-1, averaging 2.9 goals, 5.2 assists, 5.8 penalties and 15.6 penalty minutes while allowing 2.7 goals per game with a .918 save percentage.
INJURIES: Panthers: Jonas Johansson: out (covid-19), Markus Nutivaara: out (undisclosed).
Predators: Nick Cousins: out (lower-body), Thomas Novak: out (health protocols).