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Preds resume homestand against Panthers

(SportsNetwork.com) - Nashville's youthful blue line helped it pick up a needed victory last time out.

The Predators try to win two in a row for the first time this season on Tuesday night as they resume their homestand versus the Florida Panthers.

The Preds had lost three of their previous four games prior to a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday. Seth Jones logged his first NHL goal while fellow defenseman Ryan Ellis had the game-winner in the third period.

Jones, the fourth overall pick of the 2013 draft, scored on the power play early in the second period for his second career point. He also joined David Legwand, Scott Hartnell, Scottie Upshall and Filip Forsberg as the only teenagers to score a goal for the Preds.

Jones' assist came on Forsberg's goal.

Ellis, meanwhile, scored on a long slap shot from the blue line on a counter rush and Pekka Rinne held down the fort with 14 saves. Patric Hornqvist also scored.

"Just put the puck on net. I think that is what we have been doing lately, but we weren't getting bounces," Ellis said. "Tonight we did get a few, and that's what we need to win."

Nashville plays the fourth contest of a five-game homestand, which ends on Thursday versus Los Angeles.

The Preds are looking for their seventh victory in their past nine meetings with the Panthers. Rinne is 2-2-0 with a 1.98 goals against average and .944 save percentage in four previous meetings with Florida.

The Panthers will try To rebound from their second shutout loss in the first six games of the season. They were blanked 7-0 in St. Louis back on Oct. 5 and dropped a 3-0 home decision to the Kings on Sunday.

Jacob Markstrom made 26 saves, but the Kings got 20 stops from Ben Scrivens. Florida was coming off a 6-3 win over Pittsburgh in its home opener on Friday.

"They have a very simple system with some big bodies and it was not just a matter of winning the puck battles, but also the secondary ones. As the game wore on, we got worn down," said Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen. "We thought we could play a fancy game against the Kings."

Florida has lost four of six and has allowed its opponent to score first in all four setbacks.

Markstrom has never before faced the Predators, while Scott Clemmensen is 2-2-2 with a 2.49 GAA in six meetings.

10/15 11:27:49 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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