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Panthers At Predators: 5 Things To Watch

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Oct 8, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators center Matt Cullen (7) tries to stop Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu (9) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators beat the Wild 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Mike Strasinger-USA TODAY Sports

2. Predators’ Offense

The Nashville Predators have been abysmal this season on offense. They rank 27th in the league averaging 1.80 goals per game. They do not have any stars on offense, just a bunch of average point producers. Mike Fischer and Patric Hornqvist lead the team with three points apiece. No Predator has more than one goal and no Predator has more than two assists. Simply put, this is a bad offensive team.

While the Panthers have not been much better, (2.17 g/game) they at least have some players who can put points on the board i.e. Fleischmann with six points, Boyes with four goals. The Predators do have 19-year-old Filip Forsberg who the team hopes will grow into a front-line offensive star but with only 8 career NHL games under his belt, he has a ways to go.

To pick up the win tonight the Panthers are going to have to shutdown the Preds offense and hope they can squeak a few past the teams imposing defense and goaltender Pekka Rinne.

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