Panthers, Predators split split-squad preseason doubleheader

Greg McKegg scored 11 seconds into the third period to help the Florida Panthers beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 in a split-squad game on Tuesday night.

Dryden Hunt, Jonathan Ang, and Jonathan Marchessault also scored for the Panthers in Sunrise, Florida.

James Neal’s power-play goal at 9:35 of the third accounted for Nashville’s scoring.

James Reimer and Sam Brittain split time in goal for Florida. Reimer, who signed with Florida as a free agent, stopped all 12 shots he faced. Brittain allowed only Neal’s goal on the 25 shots he saw.

While Marek Mazanec turned away 15 of 16 shots for Nashville, his replacement, Jonas Gunnarsson allowed three goals on seven shots in 16:53.

In the second game, also at the BB&T Center, Juuse Saros made 13 saves in the first two periods to lead the Predators to a 2-1 win over the Panthers.

Mark Visentin added five third-period saves for Nashville.

Miikka Salomaki and Pontus Alberg scored in the first period for Nashville, while Paul Thompson’s second-period goal accounted for Florida’s scoring.

Roberto Luongo allowed both Nashville goals on 14 shots to take the loss.