Nashville (16-13-3) at Florida (15-13-4) 7:30 pm. EST
SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) — Tomas Vokoun will look to exact
some revenge on his former team when the Florida Panthers host
the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.
Vokoun spent eight seasons as the No. 1 goaltender with the
Predators, leading the franchise to its first three postseason
berths before being traded to Florida for three draft picks
prior to last season.
The 32-year-old Czech got off slowly, but is 2-0-1 with a 1.27
goals-against average in his last three starts. He stopped 23
shots for his second shutout in a 3-0 win over Colorado on
In his only other start against Florida, Vokoun stopped 29 shots
in a 4-3 loss in Nashville on October 27 of last season.
Thanks in part to Vokoun, Florida has been playing well
defensively, allowing 2.15 goals per game while winning eight of
its last 13 games (8-2-3).
The Predators are coming off a 1-0 win over New York on
Saturday. Vernon Fiddler scored and Pekka Rine stopped 23 shots
for his third shutout.
Dan Ellis is Nashville’s top goaltender, but Rine may get the
nod once again. The 26-year-old Finn is 7-1-0 with a 2.31 GAA
with all three shutouts coming in his last five starts.