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Saturday, January 4th (All times Eastern)

Nashville Predators (18-18-5) at Florida Panthers (15-20-6), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Nashville Predators hope to continue their success against the Florida Panthers when the teams battle Saturday at the BB&T Center in South Florida.

The Predators have lost six of their last eight games, but they seem to have a favorable matchup on Saturday. Nashville has won two straight, five of six and seven of the last nine meetings against the Panthers overall and the Preds have claimed two of three on the road in this series.

Nashville has earned a point in three straight games, going 2-0 on a two-game homestand before losing in overtime Thursday at Boston to begin a three-game road trip. Brad Marchand netted the game-winner 54 seconds into overtime on Thursday to give the Bruins the extra point in a close battle at TD Garden.

Less than a minute into the extra session, Marchand picked up the puck at the left point and stepped around a defender before throwing a low shot on net that snuck through a screen and found the back of the cage to give Boston the 3-2 victory.

Shea Weber recorded a goal and an assist and the defenseman tied the game at 2-2 with 5:25 left in the third period. It was the 10th goal of the season for Weber, tying him with Ottawa's Erik Karlsson for the league lead among defensemen.

Viktor Stalberg scored once for the Predators, while Marek Mazanec allowed all three goals on 25 shots in defeat.

"I thought we played a solid road game and did some real good things," said Nashville's Mike Fisher, who finished with two assists. "You want the two (points) always, but we build on it."

Nashville is 8-10-2 as the guest this season and will complete its road trip Sunday at Carolina.

The Panthers last played on Tuesday when they dropped a 2-1 shootout decision against the visiting New York Rangers. It was the fourth setback in five games for Florida and the loss dropped the Panthers to 1-2-1 on a five-game homestand that wraps up tonight.

Dan Girardi scored the tying goal late in regulation for the Rangers on New Year's Eve and Brad Richards won it with the lone goal in the shootout.

Tim Thomas, who participated in his 400th career contest, stopped 29 shots for the Panthers, while Brad Boyes recorded the lone score for the hosts.

"I thought we were going to hang on until the end there, but that's hockey," said Thomas. "We're picking up some momentum and doing some good things. We're a much better hockey team than we were in October."

The Panthers, who are 8-9-4 as the host this season, will begin a three-game road trip when it visits Montreal on Monday.

Florida expects to have Ed Jovanovski in the lineup tonight for the first time since March, as the veteran defenseman is set to return from hip surgery. The 37- year-old Jovanovski, who had surgery in April, only played in six games last season and hasn't seen action since March 16.

Panthers forward Scottie Upshall also expects to be back tonight after sitting out the last three games with an upper-body injury.

01/04 10:36:22 ET

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Schedule

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Chicago 4/19 3:00 PM ET
St. Louis @theRink | TV: NBC, CBC, RDS
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Columbus 4/19 7:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh NBC, CBC, RDS
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Pittsburgh leads series, 1-0.
Minnesota 4/19 9:30 PM ET
Colorado NBCSN, TSN, Altitude
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Standings

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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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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