Panthers at Predators 10/19/19 - NHL Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 10/18/2019 at 11:38 PM ET

On Saturday, the Florida Panthers will play the back half of a back-to-back when visiting the Nashville Predators. The Panthers play the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. Florida rallied from a 3-goal deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils on the road 6-4 on Monday. Mackenzie Weeger scored to tie the game and then set up teammate Noel Acciari with the goal to put the Panthers ahead to stay. 

Thursday night Nashville lost to the Arizona Coyotes 5-2. Nashville played without is top goal scorer on Thursday Filip Forsberg who was hit in the head with a shoulder in the Predators win Tuesday against Vegas. Nick Bonino and Dante Fabbro scored in the loss for Nashville while Juuse Saros made 27 saves in the net. The Predators have lost two of their last three. 

Mike Hoffman leads Florida in goals scored with five, while Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers in assists with five. Hoffman leads Florida in points with eight. Sergei Bobrovsky is 2-2-1 in net for Florida with goals against of 3.90 and saves percentage of .870. Florida is scoring an average of 3.17 goals per game while allowing an average of 3.67 per game.

Filip Forsberg leads Nashville in goals scored with five, while Ryan Ellis is the assists leader with eight and Matt Duchene the points leader with nine. In net, Pekka Rinne is 4-0-0 with goals against per game of 2.76 and saves percentage of .908. Nashville is scoring an average of 4.29 goals per game, while allowing an average of 4.00 per game.

Nashville has won 4 of its last 5 when playing an opponent that has a .400 or lower winning percentage. Florida has lost 12 of its last 16 overall, 7 of its last 10 on the road and 8 of its last 12 when playing on Nashville’s home ice. In addition, the Panthers have lost 12 of the last 14 when playing the second half of a back-to-back. Final Score Prediction, Nashville Predators win 4-2.

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