Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Sports Gaming Monitor

NHL Preview: Nashville Predators (29-23-6) at Florida Panthers (30-26-6)


OVERALL (43 GP) 19-19-(3)-2
HOME (22 GP) 10-9-(2)-1
ROAD (21 GP) 9-10-(1)-1
LAST MEETING Feb. 18, 2023 at NSH (W, 7-3)
− The Predators are 19-19-(3)-2 all-time against the Panthers, including a 9-10-(1)-1 record on the road.
− This is the second and final matchup between Nashville and Florida in 2022-23; it is the first and only at FLA Live Arena.
− Nashville is 1-0-0 against Florida this season, scoring a season-high seven goals in a 7-3 win at Bridgestone Arena on Feb. 18. Roman Josi (1g-2a) and Ryan McDonagh (3a) both had three points in the win.
− The Predators are 3-2-0 in their last five games against the Panthers; they are 4-6-0 in their last 10; and 3-2-0 in their last five on the road.
− In front of a sell-out crowd of 17,298, the Predators played their first-ever NHL game against the Panthers on Oct. 10, 1998.

− Filip Forsberg has 20 points (5g-15a) in 19 career games against Florida, with 10 of those points (3g-7a) coming in six contests in 2020-21. He recorded his first of two career five-point games on Feb. 4, 2021 at Florida (2g-3a).
− Roman Josi has 22 points (8g-14a) in 23 career games vs. Florida.
− Matt Duchene owns 24 points (12g-12a), including four multi-goal games, in 27 meetings with the Panthers.
− Colton Sissons went 16-for-16 in faceoffs on Feb. 22, 2022 at Florida, becoming the fourth NHL player since 1997-98 to take at least 16 faceoffs in a game and win them all.
− Yakov Trenin (Oct. 19, 2019) and Kevin Lankinen (Jan. 19, 2021) made their NHL debuts against Florida.
− Panthers forward Patric Hornqvist was selected by the Predators in the seventh round (230th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft. He posted 216 points (106g-110a) in 363 games with Nashville from 2008-14.
− Florida forward Nick Cousins played in 120 games for Nashville from 2020-22, tallying 40 points (14g-26a).

− Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Nashville Predators 1 – Feb. 28 (Bridgestone Arena)
− NSH goals: Jankowski (5)
− PIT goals: Crosby (27), Zucker – GWG (17), Rust – ENG (15)
− Goaltenders: NSH – Saros (L, 31/33); PIT – Jarry (W, 24/25)
− Power plays: NSH 0-2; PIT 0-3
− Notes: Nashville moved to 16-11-3 at home in 2022-23… The Predators outshot the Penguins by a 17-9 margin in the first period… Mark Jankowski opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 7:01 of the third period… Luke Evangelista made his NHL debut, logging 14:28 of ice time with two shots, six shot attempts, one hit and one takeaway… Cal Foote skated 12:14 with two blocked shots in his Predators debut.

Player Designation Dates Missed Games Missed
Mark Borowiecki Upper body – IR Oct. 27-Feb. 28 51
Filip Forsberg Upper body – day-to-day Feb. 13-28 8
Ryan Johansen Right leg surgery Feb. 23-28 3
Juuso Parssinen Upper body – day-to-day Feb. 26-28 2
Total man-games lost: 127
Individual man-games lost: Borowiecki – 52; McCarron – 20; Carrier – 14; Forsberg – 8; McDonagh – 7; Smith – 6; Trenin – 5;
Glass – 3; Johansen – 3; Lauzon – 3; Jankowski – 2; Parssinen – 2; Duchene – 1; Lankinen – 1

March 2, 2023 at Florida Panthers

− March 1: Acquired a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft from Pittsburgh for forward Mikael Granlund.
− Feb. 28: Recalled forwards Luke Evangelista and Mark Jankowski from Milwaukee (AHL). Acquired defenseman Tyson Barrie, forward Reid Schaefer, a first-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft from Edmonton for defenseman Mattias Ekholm and a sixth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft. Acquired forward Austin Rueschhoff from NY Rangers for future considerations.
− Feb. 27: Reassigned defenseman Kevin Gravel to Milwaukee (AHL).
− Feb. 26: Recalled forward Zach Sanford from Milwaukee (AHL). Acquired a first-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft; a second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft; a third-round, fourth-round and fifth-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft; and defenseman Cal Foote from Tampa Bay for forward Tanner Jeannot. Acquired forward Isaac Ratcliffe from Philadelphia for future considerations.
− Feb. 25: Acquired a second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft from W



  • F Patric Hornqvist | Games Missed: 37
  • F Sam Bennett | Games Missed: 5
  • F Aleksander Barkov | Games Missed: 2
  • F Givani Smith | Games Missed: 2
    Total Man Games Lost Due to Injury: 190

Panthers 4, Lightning 1 – Feb. 28 – Amalie Arena
FLA Goals: E. Staal (12), Lundell (9), Luostarinen (14), Duclair (1)
TBL Goals: Point (37-PPG)
FLA Goalie: Bobrovsky (W) – 28 Saves
TBL Goalie: Vasilevskiy (L) – 37 Saves
FLA Shots: 41
TBL Shots: 29
Notes: Sergei Bobrovsky earned his 354th NHL win to surpass Evgeni Nabokov for most wins by a Russian-born goaltender…Eetu Luostarinen posted two points (1-1-2) to extend his point streak to three games (1-4-5)…Eric Staal logged two points (1-1-2)…Anthony Duclair scored his first goal of the season for his second point in as many games (1-1-2)…Ryan Lomberg matched his career high with five shots on goal…Radko Gudas tied his career high with seven blocked shots…Casey Fitzgerald made his Panthers debut…Florida snapped Tampa Bay’s franchise-record 16-game home point streak…FLA PP: 0-2, FLA PK: 4-5


  • Feb. 24: F Zac Dalpe and F Grigori Denisenko recalled from Charlotte (AHL) | F Anthony Duclair activated from LTIR | F Givani
    Smith placed on LTIR
  • Feb. 23: F Chris Tierney claimed off waivers by MTL

ALL-TIME vs. NSH: 21-13-3-6
ALL-TIME HOME vs. NSH: 11-5-1-4
2022-23 vs. NSH: 0-1-0


  • Tonight’s game features two teams that rank in the bottom three in 5v5 time on ice per games played. The Panthers lead the NHL with 741 PIMs, pacing all teams in penalties drawn (286) and penalties taken (299).

The Panthers begin a season-long seven-game homestand tonight against Nashville. Florida owns the eighth-best home points percentage (.625), owning a 16-9-3 record at FLA Live Arena this season. The Cats’ 3.79 goals for per game at home ranks second behind TBL and they lead all teams averaging 39.1 shots on goal per game on home ice in 2022-23. Since Jan. 3, Florida owns a 7-3-0 record on home ice, outscoring their opponents 40-29. Over that span, Matthew Tkachuk leads the Panthers with 19 points (5-14-19) over 10 games on FLA Live Arena ice and Sergei Bobrovsky owns a 4-2-0 record with a .932 combined save percentage.

Florida faces off against Nashville for the second and final time this season. The Panthers own an 8-4-1 record against the Predators over their past 13 meetings since Oct. 19, 2019 and have earned at least a point in three of Nashville’s past five visits to FLA Live Arena (2-2-1). Sam Reinhart has recorded nine goals and 14 points over 13 career games against Nashville, while Matthew Tkachuk has amassed 17 points (8-9-17) over 15 total games vs. the Predators.

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