Huberdeau and the Panthers will get some extra rest after their next two games versus Carolina on Thursday and Saturday were postponed. Per the NHL's statement regarding the Hurricanes, "As an appropriate precaution, the team's training facilities have been closed, effective immediately, and will remain closed for Players until further notice." With the additional postponements, the Panthers will have played just two games over the first two weeks of the NHL season after having games with Dallas previously called off. It could create a busy end of the year for Huberdeau and the Panthers whenever the league reschedules these outings. As it stands, Florida will get back onto the ice versus Columbus on Tuesday.
Huberdeau scored a power-play goal and added two assists in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Blackhawks. It was a strong performance for the 27-year-old winger, who set up tallies by Keith Yandle and Patric Hornqvist before netting one of his own. Huberdeau was excellent with 23 goals and 78 points in 69 contests last year, his second straight campaign played above a point-per-game pace. A pass-first player, he'll boost fantasy managers in the assists category without hurting too much for goals.
As expected, Huberdeau will be in the lineup for Friday's Game 4 against the Islanders, David Work of WPLG Local 10 News reports. Huberdeau exited Wednesday's Game 3 win midway through the third period with an apparent leg injury, but whatever forced him from that contest clearly wasn't overly serious. He's picked up two points through the first three games of the series and will slot into his usual spots on the Panthers' top line and first power-play unit Friday.
Huberdeau (leg) is set to be in the lineup for Game 4 against the Islanders on Friday, as coach Joel Quenneville told reporters, "Right now we're looking for him to be ready to go," David Work of WPLG Local 10 News reports. Losing Huberdeau would have been a significant blow to the Panthers' chances of getting past New York, especially considering the team will need to win two straight games to advance. Through the first three matches, the elite winger garnered one goal, one assist and seven shots, though he's been stonewalled on the power play despite averaging 3:07 of ice time there.
Coach Joel Quenneville is hopeful Huberdeau (leg) will be available for Friday's Game 4 against the Islanders, David Work of WPLG Local 10 News reports. Huberdeau exited Wednesday's Game 3 win midway through the third period with an apparent leg injury and didn't return, but it sounds like he's likely not facing a long-term absence. Check back for another update on the 27-year-old winger's status prior to puck drop Friday afternoon.
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