The Nashville Predators returned from Ottawa to host the Florida Panthers on Saturday evening for Hockey Fights Cancer Night. The home team saw the return of former Pred, and current Panthers’ Head Coach, Andrew Brunette and former Pred Patric Hornqvist.
The Predators played their first-ever NHL game against the Panthers on Oct. 10, 1998, in front of a sold-out crowd. On Oct. 13, 1998, Brunette recorded the first-ever Predators goal against Carolina. In the 2005 NHL Draft, Hornqvist was selected in the seventh round by Nashville where he would go on to record 216 points (106g-110a) in 363 games from 2008-2014.
It’s not uncommon to see either of these teams fall behind early and make a comeback into the game, but the Panthers got on the board first with 16:17 left in the first. With a delayed penalty, Gustav Forsling and Brandon Montour pass back-and-forth once before Montour finds Carter Verhaeghe wide open.