Game Day Blog: Preds at Florida Panthers

Monday, 03.29.2010 / 2:26 PM CT / Features
By Tom Callahan  - Nashville Predators
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Game Day Blog: Preds at Florida Panthers
Game Day Preview
Nashville Predators @ Florida Panthers
BankAtlantic Center, 6:30 pm CST
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None  |  Radio: 104.5 The Zone, Predators Radio Network

Tonight’s is a pretty simple pre-game analysis if you’re the Predators: you must have the two points up for grabs tonight. There’s simply no other way to put it.

Coming in against a Panthers team that has struggled this season and now has lost David Booth for the remainder of the year thanks to a second concussion, Nashville has a chance to keep itself in fifth place out West. Ahead of Detroit, LA, and Colorado, who all have a game or two in hand over the Preds.

There’s not much sunshine in Sunrise these days, where the Panthers have gotten only one win in Tomas Vokoun’s last seven starts. So tonight he sits, while Scott Clemmensen gets the nod after posting wins in his last two outings. Booth is gone again after returning from a serious concussion earlier in the year, and will miss the remainder of the season with just 28 games logged for 2009-10.

Panthers’ head coach Peter DeBoer didn’t pull any punches when I chatted with him this morning, saying he knows there are guys out there who bring their game and compete every night, but he feels there are several more who do not, and those players either need to show they want to play for this club or could be seeking a new home before too long. From that standpoint, with the Panthers out of any serious playoff talk, it will be interesting to see who indeed does compete for this team tonight.

As far as Nashville goes, it may be the right time to have to play without Jason Arnott, Joel Ward, and Martin Erat. Erat did not make the trip after experiencing swelling and discomfort after the game against Detroit in which he and Tomas Holmstrom got tangled up and fell to the ice awkwardly. His status is day-to-day. Ward is expected to return this week, perhaps as soon as tomorrow. Arnott is still a day-to-day situation as well depending on how he feels.

Notes:
  • Nashville’s magic number is five – that is a combination of five points from Calgary losses and Preds wins.
  • Nashville has six games left, while Detroit and Colorado have seven and the Kings have eight.
  • Stephen Weiss has 26 goals this year, a career high. He shattered his previous mark of 20 back on February 13th against Boston.

Keys to the Game
  • Don’t let Florida think they’re in this game. Step on them hard. Step on them early.
  • Bother Clemmensen. He’s the shot they have at winning. Pelt him with shots from everywhere and traffic from everywhere else.
  • Be smart and stay out of the box.

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61