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Saturday, November 1st (All times eastern)

Florida Panthers (4-5-0) at Nashville Predators (5-4-1), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Florida Panthers will head into the opener of five-game road trip on a two-game losing streak, as they visit the Nashville Predators tonight at the Sommet Center.

The Panthers were handed a 4-0 setback last Saturday in St. Louis and were then dealt another setback Thursday against visiting Ottawa. Chris Kelly banged home the second of Ottawa's two third-period goals, as the Senators posted a 2-1 comeback victory over Florida.

Dany Heatley tallied the tying goal with 14:05 left in the third and Kelly's game-winner came with 9:40 remaining.

Keith Ballard registered Florida's only goal, while Tomas Vokoun stopped 29- of-31 shots for the Panthers.

Florida is just 1-3-0 as the road club this year and will continue its swing Sunday in Atlanta.

The Predators are 3-1-1 in their last five games and are coming off Thursday's home win over Edmonton. Nashville defenseman Shea Weber registered a goal and an assist and the Predators continued their dominance over the Oilers with the 3-1 victory.

Rookie right wing Patric Hornqvist netted the second goal of his career and Martin Erat also scored for Nashville, which has won nine straight games against the Oilers. Edmonton hasn't beaten the Predators since March 5, 2006.

Ryan Suter collected two assists and Pekka Rinne stopped 27-of-28 shots to record his second career win in his third NHL start.

Nashville is 4-1-0 as the host team this year and is completing a brief two- game homestand tonight. The Predators will kick off a season-high, six-game road trip Tuesday night in Vancouver.

The Predators are 3-1 with a pair of ties in the last six matchups against Florida. The Panthers are 0-2 with two ties in their previous four trips to the Music City.

11/01 10:31:25 ET

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