By Mike Cugno

MIAMI (CBSMiami) –  First things first, the Panthers prepare for their weekend back-to-back against the Predators and Hurricanes.

Sergei Bobrovsky will start Saturday in Nashville making this his 4th start in the last 5 games.

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Chris Driedger will likely get the nod Sunday in Carolina.

Deserving of more ice time is left winger Mason Marchment. The 26-year-old has a four-game point streak which now includes his first NHL goal. He gave Florida a 2-0 lead Thursday in the first period. Head Coach Joel Quenneville said “he plays limited minutes and he brings energy. He goes up and down his wing and plays with a purpose.” Coach Q complimented his play recognition and patience and added “he’s definitely enhanced his positioning and quantity or quality of ice time as we’ve gone here.”

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On the defensive end, Quenneville says Radko Gudas has fit in perfectly since signing his 3-year deal in the off-season.

“He’s brought in a real thought process of being in the right place, being hard to play against, killing plays, supporting the attack… you know guys love him.” Coach Q said after Friday’s practice.

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Defenseman Anton Stralman did not practice Friday and likely won’t play against the Predators according to Coach Quenneville.