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Eastern Atlantic Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
58-18-6 122
54-21-7 115
51-23-8 110
51-26-5 107
32-39-11 75
32-40-10 74
33-42-7 73
22-49-11 55

Top Panthers News

  • Panthers' Carter Verhaeghe: Game-time call

    Verhaeghe (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's Game 2 versus the Lightning, David Dwork of Local 10 Miami reports.

    Verhaeghe's status for Thursday's contest likely won't be determined until the Panthers take the ice for pregame warmups, so fantasy managers hoping to deploy him in daily contests should plan accordingly. The 26-year-old forward has been excellent this postseason, having racked up six goals and 12 points through seven contests.

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  • Panthers' Mason Marchment: Set to remain out Thursday

    Marchment (undisclosed) is not expected back in the lineup for Game 2 versus the Lightning on Thursday, David Dwork of Local 10 Miami reports.

    Marchment will be sidelined for his fourth straight game due to his lingering undisclosed injury. In his four postseason appearances, the winger has registered one goal on nine shots, 21 hits and six PIM while averaging 15:24 of ice time. Once given the all-clear, Marchment should reclaim his spot in the lineup, likely in a bottom-six role.

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  • Panthers' Brandon Montour: Picks up assist

    Montour registered one assist, one hit and two PIM in 13:59 of ice time against the Lightning on Tuesday.

    Montour broke out of a four-game pointless streak with his helper but is still stuck in a 10-game goal drought dating back to April 24 versus the Lightning. Even with his tally, the blueliner shouldn't be expected to offer more than mid-range fantasy value given his limited minutes and lack of offensive upside.

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  • Panthers' Anthony Duclair: Scores in series-opening loss

    Duclair scored a goal on two shots in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Lightning.

    After he was scratched in Florida's series-clinching victory against Washington, Duclair rebounded with the Panthers' lone goal in the Game 1 loss despite logging only 12:46 of ice time. The goal was the first of the playoffs for the 26-year-old winger, who recorded 58 points (31 goals and 27 assists) during the regular season. The Panthers will look for Duclair to regain his scoring touch as they try to even the series in Game 2.

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  • Panthers' Sergei Bobrovsky: Allows four goals in Game 1 loss

    Bobrovsky stopped 32 of 36 shots in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay.

    Bobrovsky held the Lightning off the board in the first period but surrendered four goals in the final two frames, including three power-play tallies. The 33-year-old netminder now has a .903 save percentage through seven playoff starts. Bobrovsky will look to bounce back Thursday in Game 2.

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  • Panthers' Sergei Bobrovsky: Draws Game 1 start

    Bobrovsky will get the starting nod at home against the Lightning on Tuesday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

    Bobrovsky started all six games against Washington in the first round, posting a lackluster 2.79 GAA and .906 save percentage. The veteran netminder faced Tampa Bay just twice during the regular season, going 0-0-1 while stopping 34 of 40 shots. Bobrovsky allowed at least three goals in four of six games last series.

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  • Panthers' Mason Marchment: Missing Game 1

    Marchment (undisclosed) is not expected to play Game 1 against the Lightning, David Dwork of Local 10 Miami reports.

    As of now, it's unclear when Florida's second-round series is expected to start, but Marchment will likely be unavailable. He scored one goal with a minus-3 rating in four games during the Round 1 series against Washington.

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  • Panthers' Eetu Luostarinen: Lends helper in win

    Luostarinen registered an assist in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Capitals in Game 6.

    Luostarinen has been limited to bottom-six minutes in the playoffs, and his assist Friday was his first point in six contests. He helped out on a Ryan Lomberg tally in the second period. Luostarinen was solid in the regular season with 26 points, 103 hits and 84 shots on net through 78 contests, but he's unlikely to play more than a depth role as the Panthers' season continues into the second round.

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  • Panthers' Patric Hornqvist: Manages assist in Game 6

    Hornqvist notched an assist, four shots on goal and three hits in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Capitals in Game 6.

    Hornqvist picked up a goal and an assist in the Panthers' last two games after opening the series scoreless in four outings. The 35-year-old winger has added 15 shots on net, 17 hits and a plus-1 rating while playing mainly in a fourth-line role during the playoffs.

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  • Panthers' Ben Chiarot: Slides helper Friday

    Chiarot notched an assist, four hits, four blocked shots, a plus-2 rating and two PIM in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Capitals in Game 6.

    Chiarot was held off the scoresheet in the first five games of this series. He ended that with the secondary helper on Carter Verhaeghe's series-clinching tally in overtime. To cover for the lack of offense, Chiarot's been solid with a plus-1 rating, 18 hits, 11 blocked shots and 13 shots on net.

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  • Panthers' MacKenzie Weegar: Nabs helper Friday

    Weegar recorded an assist, five shots on goal and three hits in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Capitals in Game 6.

    Weegar picked up his first point of the playoffs with the secondary helper on an Aleksander Barkov tally. The 28-year-old Weegar has been solid defensively even as he has struggled to replicate his 44-point effort from 80 regular-season contests. The Ontario native has added 27 hits, 16 shots on net, six blocked shots and a plus-4 rating through six postseason games.

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  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Logs assist in win

    Ekblad notched an assist, two shots on goal and a plus-3 rating in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Capitals in Game 6.

    Ekblad took a hard hit early in the game and appeared to labor through much of the rest of the contest. The grit paid off when he set up Claude Giroux's third-period tally. Through six playoff contests, Ekblad has a goal, four assists, 10 shots on net, eight hits and a plus-2 rating while playing a key role as the Panthers' top blueliner.

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  • Panthers' Ryan Lomberg: Tickles twine Friday

    Lomberg scored a goal on three shots, levied six hits and added two PIM in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Capitals in Game 6.

    Lomberg had been out of the lineup as a healthy scratch for the previous four games, but he took advantage of his opportunity to draw in. He tallied a game-tying goal at 6:13 of the second period. The 27-year-old has added 11 hits in two playoff outings, and he recorded 18 points, 117 hits and 92 PIM as a tough customer on the Panthers' fourth line in 55 regular-season contests.

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  • Panthers' Aleksander Barkov: Tallies in Game 6 win

    Barkov scored a goal and went plus-2 in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Capitals in Game 6.

    Barkov put the Panthers ahead for the first time in this contest at 14:17 of the third period. The center was solid in six first-round games, posting two goals, four assists, 22 shots on net, eight hits and a plus-8 rating, though he was a bit overshadowed by linemate Carter Verhaeghe (six goals, six assists). Barkov will likely continue to play a massive role throughout the playoffs as a strong two-way player.

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  • Panthers' Carter Verhaeghe: Seals series in overtime

    Verhaeghe scored a goal on two shots, dished an assist, went plus-2 and added two hits in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Capitals in Game 6.

    Originally a game-time decision Friday, Verhaeghe was able to play, and he made a huge impact. He helped out on a Claude Giroux tally in the third period, and his linemate returned the favor for the series-clinching goal 2:46 into overtime. Verhaeghe finished the first round with six goals, six assists, 15 shots on net, 11 hits and a plus-8 rating in six appearances. He's secure in a top-six role as long as whatever had him questionable for this contest doesn't flare up later in the playoffs.

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  • Panthers' Claude Giroux: Paces offense in win

    Giroux scored a goal on two shots, logged two assists, added three hits and went plus-2 in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Capitals in Game 6.

    Giroux was involved in the Panthers' last three goals. He tied the game at 2-2 at 8:18 of the third period, set up Aleksander Barkov on a go-ahead goal six minutes later and fed Carter Verhaeghe for the game-winner in overtime. Through six playoff games, Giroux's racked up three goals, four assists, nine shots on net, 10 hits and a plus-5 rating. He'll look to keep things rolling in the second round.

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Team Statistical Rankings

GF AVG GA AVG Power Play
Team 4.06
(1st)
2.91
(12th)
24.4
(5th)

Injuries

Player Injury
C. Verhaeghe C Carter Verhaeghe C Undisclosed
M. Marchment LW Mason Marchment LW Undisclosed
M. Nutivaara D Markus Nutivaara D Undisclosed

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