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Panthers' Vincent Trocheck: Rough night defensively
Trocheck ended his night a minus-5 as the Panthers got blown out 7-3 by the Blue Jackets on Thursday.
The minus-5 rating is a career worst for Trocheck as the Blue Jackets opened the floodgates in the third period. He did manage to tally an assist during the game to give him 13 points in 16 games.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Jonathan Huberdeau: Ends game a minus-6
Huberdeau posted a career-worst minus-6 rating during a 7-3 thumping by the Blue Jackets on Thursday.
Huberdeau was on the ice for six of the seven goals scored on the Panthers as the team's hot streak came crashing to a halt. He was able to contribute a power-play assist and two shots during the contest, but it wasn't enough to slow the Blue Jackets, who scored four goals in the third period.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Keith Yandle: Pots goal in rough outing
Yandle scored a power-play goal but had a rough night on defense as the Panthers lost 7-3 to the Blue Jackets on Thursday.
Yandle ended the game with a minus-4 rating after a rough night on defense. The 32-year-old has been the Panthers' best defenseman so far this season, so expect a bounce-back game against the Rangers on Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Nick Bjugstad: Opens scoring in big loss
Bjugstad scored only two minutes into the game before the Panthers dropped the ball in a 7-3 loss to the Blue Jackets on Thursday.
The goal came off a tip-in the high slot after a Mike Matheson shot from the point for Bjugstad's fourth of the season. He has found a groove since moving down to the third line, with five points in the last seven games.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Colton Sceviour: Relentless with puck
Sceviour collected nine shots on goal during a 7-3 loss to the Blue Jackets on Thursday.
Despite finding the net six more times than anyone else on the team, Sceviour couldn't cash in with a goal. His previous career high in shots of seven came back in February of 2017. Sceviour has only three points in 15 contests.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Roberto Luongo: Unable to hold lead
Luongo stopped 30 shots in a 7-3 loss to the Blue Jackets on Thursday night. He allowed six goals.
The Jackets came in waves, just like angry wasps. And repeatedly stung Panthers stars like Keith Yandle, Jonathan Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck, who were a combined minus-15. Luongo tried to hold his guys in the game, but just couldn't keep the 2-0 lead his team had provided him in the first. He'll shake this off and lead the kitties to success soon. Consider this an outlier.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Mike Matheson: Six points in last eight games
Matheson delivered two assists Thursday in a 7-3 loss to Columbus.
Boy, what a tough night for the Panthers. But Matheson was one of the most successful -- his even rating seems like a miracle considering the score. His skills suggest he could be more of an offensive contributor, but Matheson's output so far appears low. Still, stash him -- he has six points in 14 games, but all of the points have come in his last eight games. Good things should follow.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Roberto Luongo: Pursuing fifth straight win
Luongo will command the crease Thursday evening against host Columbus, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Luongo is one of the league's hottest goaltenders, as Ol' Reliable has crafted a four-game winning streak with a 1.51 GAA and .951 save percentage over that span. He'll be tested by a Blue Jackets team that has gone 6-2-2 over its last 10 games and currently sits atop the Metropolitan Division standings with 22 points.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Mike Hoffman: Ties franchise record with point streak
Hoffman collected an assist in a 2-1 win over the Flyers on Tuesday, extending his point streak to 13 games.
That ties the Panthers' franchise record set by Pavel Bure in the 1999-2000 season. The Cats face the Blue Jackets on Thursday as Hoffman tries to keep his streak going.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Aleksander Barkov: Drives offense in win
Barkov was instrumental in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Flyers, tallying an assist along with five shots.
He came close a few times to finding the back of the net himself, but was stopped each time. Still, Barkov was once again the best Panther on the ice, leading all forwards in the game in both shots and time on ice (23:25).... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Smacks home first of the season
Ekblad got his first of the season during Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Flyers.
The goal was a flukey one that went off of Flyers' goalie Brian Elliott twice before ending up in the back of the net, but it is about time Ekblad's puck luck turned around. So far this season he has 35 shots, good for seventh on the team for shots. That puts his shooting percentage at 2.9%, well below last season's 8.5%. Expect this goal to open somewhat of a dam when it comes to scoring points as the Panthers continue to cruise after early-season struggles.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Evgenii Dadonov: Extends point streak
Dadonov scored the game-winning goal against the Flyers in a 2-1 victory Tuesday.
The goal gives Dadonov 12 straight games with points, and during that stretch, he has recorded seven goals and 14 points. He only has one game with more than two points this season, but Dadonov has been the model of consistency, registering a point in 12 of 14 games to open 2018-19. He's well on his way to matching his career highs of 28 goals and 65 points from last season.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Roberto Luongo: Playing extremely well in return
Luongo stopped 30 of 31 shots in a 2-1 victory against the Flyers on Tuesday.
Since returning from a knee injury about two weeks ago, Luongo has been one of the best, if not the best, goaltender in the league. He is 4-0-0 and owns a .951 save percentage since his return. After Tuesday's victory, Luongo needs only nine more victories to tie Ed Belfour for third place on the all-time wins list.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Roberto Luongo: In goal Tuesday
Luongo will get the starting nod for Tuesday's road clash with the Flyers, Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports.
Luongo will be looking for make it four consecutive wins against a Philadelphia squad that is registering 30.4 shots and 3.29 goals per game this season. In his career, the veteran netminder is 10-11-3 versus the Flyers with a .921 save percentage. Luongo needs just 10 more victories to tie Ed Belfour for third all-time in wins.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Micheal Haley: Embarks on conditioning stint
Haley (personal) was loaned to AHL Springfield on Tuesday for conditioning purposes, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
One of Florida's depth wingers, Haley entered a league-sponsored assistance program in mid-October, but the conditioning stint suggests that he's on the verge of returning to action with the parent club.... See More ... See Less
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