Panthers At Predators: 5 Things To Watch

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Florida Panthers (2-4-0) at Nashville Predators (2-3-0) 

The Florida Panthers are in Nashville tonight taking on the Predators at 8 p.m. ET. Here are five things to watch for in the game tonight:

After sitting out the start of the season with a concussion, Nick Bjugstad (27) could make his season debut tonight in Nashville. Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

1. Nick Bjugstad

Nick Bjugstad sustained a concussion in the final game of the Panthers rookie camp on September 8th. The concussion kept him out of training camp and out of the first six games of the season. Many expected that when healthy, Bjugstad would start the season with the Panthers’ AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, but the Panthers have struggled to score this season so Bjugstad will be inserted into the lineup with hopes that the 6’6″ center will provide an offensive spark.

Bjugstad made his Panther debut last season after his year with the Minnesota Golden Gophers wrapped up. He played 11 games with the Panthers recording one goal and zero assists. The 21-year-old Bjugstad projects as a top-six center but tonight he will probably slot into the fourth line center spot bumping Shawn Matthias to a wing.

Here is how I think the Panther lineup could look tonight:

Huberdeau-Gomez-Versteeg

Fleischmann-Barkov-Boyes

Winchester-Goc-Matthias

Barch-Bjugstad-Kopecky

Gilbert-Campbell

Kulikov-Weaver

Gilroy-Gudbranson

Markstrom

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