According to David Work of WPLG Local 10 News, the Panthers' first two games of the season have been postponed following the news that the Stars are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak, so Barkov will have to wait until Jan. 17 against Chicago to make his season debut. The NHL is planning on rescheduling both of the Panthers' games versus Dallas, so this news shouldn't affect the total number of contests Barkov plays in 2020-21. The 25-year-old Finn has 20-plus goal, 55-plus point potential this year.
Barkov skated with Jonathan Huberdeau and Anthony Duclair for the first two days of camp, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports. Huberdeau and Barkov are a lock for the team's top line, but the spot on their right side is one head coach Joel Quenneville will be looking to fill as camp continues. Duclair fills the spot for now, which would provide another skilled shooter for Barkov to work with as he hopes to surpass last year's total of 62 points in 66 games.
Barkov has 20 goals and 62 points in 66 games this season. After Barkov broke out for 35 goals and 96 points during the 2018-19 campaign, his offensive numbers have been a bit disappointing this season. The 24-year-old Finn could have a shot at the 70-point mark for the third consecutive year if the NHL resumes the 2019-20 regular season. Barkov has also pocketed at least 20 goals in five straight seasons.
Barkov registered a power-play assist and four shots on goal in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Coyotes. Barkov's point streak is now at five games -- he's posted three goals and three helpers in that span. The assist Tuesday was his 20th power-play point of the year. The Finnish center is up to 62 points, 161 shots and a plus-4 rating in 60 appearances.
Barkov notched a power-play assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Golden Knights. Barkov has recorded three goals and two helpers during his four-game point streak. The Finnish center is at 61 points (20 goals, 41 helpers), 157 shots and a plus-5 rating in 59 appearances this year.
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