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Panthers' Mike Hoffman: Another multi-point effort
Hoffman was responsible for two assists in Saturday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Rangers.
This was his sixth multi-point game of the season as the Panthers top line continues to light the lamp offensively. The former fifth-round pick is on pace to have a career season despite the Cats sitting at the bottom of the Atlantic division.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Aleksander Barkov: Cashes in on man advantage
Barkov tied the game in the third period on the power play as the Panthers fell to the Rangers 5-4 in a shootout on Saturday.
His 11th goal of the season came at a great time for the Cats as they found themselves down a goal in the third period. Barkov actually led the entire game in ice time after skating 26:49 in the contest. The Panthers are deadly on offense but have struggled heavily defensively, leaving Barkov with a negative-eight rating despite 27 points in 28 games.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Evgenii Dadonov: Stays at point-per-game pace
Dadonov tallied an assist during a 5-4 shootout loss to the Rangers on Saturday.
Despite being moved off the first line, Dadonov continues to contribute offensively. However, all of his points since joining the second line have come either off the power play or during a brief moment in-game where he is skating with the first line. With Jonathan Huberdeau lighting it up on the first line with Aleksander Barkov, don't expect Dadonov to move back up anytime soon. He may be a perfect sell-high candidate right now.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Wrists home another goal
Ekblad tied the game with a goal late in the second as the Panthers went on to lose 5-4 in a shootout to the Rangers on Saturday.
Despite failing to score a goal during the first 14 games of the season, Ekblad now has seven goals on the season. He has 11 points in his last 14 games as the Cats have not had trouble putting the puck in the net. The 22-year-old also extended his streak of 30 straight games with a shot on goal, which reaches back to the end of last season.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Roberto Luongo: Struggling to find success
Luongo made 22 saves in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Rangers on Saturday night.
Since mid-November, Luongo has just a single win in seven starts. Bench him until you see signs of life in his game. He's too much of a risk right now.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Keith Yandle: Delivering points like never before
Yandle had a goal and two assists Saturday in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Rangers.
Don't look now, but Yandle sits with 28 points in the same number of games. His production is blowing the skates off anything he's done before. It's coming at age 32, which is generally the upper limit of the best years of a defender's career. Keeper owners should see if they can sneak Yandle out in a trade -- better to watch his decline from afar than on your own squad.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Jonathan Huberdeau: Points keep piling up
Huberdeau scored a goal and added two assists in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Rangers on Saturday night.
Huberdeau's game has taken that great leap forward this year. He has 34 points in 28 games, which is a 100-point pace. Huberdeau's career mark is 69 points. Enjoy the rush -- the kitties sure are.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Roberto Luongo: Defending home cage Saturday
Luongo will start in goal Saturday, taking on the Rangers at home, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Luongo owns a 5-4-0 record with a 2.85 GAA and .911 save percentage over 11 games this season. The 39-year-old's numbers don't jump off the charts, but Bobby Lou is playing reasonably well considering he's had to work through a couple of knee injuries. His next challenger is a Rangers team that ranks 24th in the NHL in road scoring at 2.38 goals per game, so consider teeing up Luongo in DFS contests.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Nick Bjugstad: Unfit to play Saturday
Bjugstad, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, will miss Saturday's home game against the Rangers, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Bjugstad's injury isn't believed to be related to the high hit he absorbed in Tuesday's game against the Bruins. The seventh-year skater only has four points in 16 games in the last month, and this latest setback could be enough for select fantasy owners to give up on Bjugstad completely. Indeed, there's so much depth at the center position in general that you're bound to find a player off the wire who can meet or possibly exceed what Bjugstad's done of late. Denis Malgin will hold down the fort in the meantime for the Panthers.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Roberto Luongo: Plays better than score indicates
Luongo made 32 saves in a 5-2 loss to the Avalanche. He allowed four goals.
The game was tighter than the score indicated. It was knotted at twos until the Avs went up 3-2 at the 6:21 mark of the third period. Luongo's fantasy value lies somewhere between this performance and the shutout he tossed out in his last game. But it was just his second game back after injury, so we'll give him a couple more games to settle into a groove.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Nick Bjugstad: Ready to rock
Bjugstad (undisclosed) participated in Thursday's morning skate and is expected to be in the lineup for the evening's matchup with the Avalanche, NHL.com's Alain Poupart reports.
Bjugstad left Tuesday's game against the Bruins due to an undisclosed injury, but he was reportedly feeling "surprisingly decent" Wednesday morning, and was never in serious danger of missing Thursday's contest. The 26-year-old American is expected to center Dryden Hunt and Juho Lammikko on the Panthers' third line against Colorado, and should also see time on the man advantage as a member of Florida's second power-play unit.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Roberto Luongo: Set for cross-conference clash
Luongo will start in goal Thursday evening against the visiting Avalanche, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Luongo had been dealing with a knee injury heading into Wednesday's home game against the Bruins, so it was a pleasant surprise to see the veteran back between the pipes, let alone pitching a 33-save shutout to the delight of the home crowd. Luongo will now meet up with an Avalanche team that is 7-1-2 over its last 10 games.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Nick Bjugstad: Game-time call
Bjugstad (undisclosed) will likely be a game-time decision for Thursday's matchup with Colorado, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Bjugstad was feeling "surprisingly decent" Wednesday morning after leaving Tuesday's game against the Bruins due to an undisclosed injury, but his status for Thursday's contest is still up in the air. If Bjugstad's unable to go, Denis Malgin will likely draw into the lineup against the Avalanche.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Mike Matheson: Goes coast-to-coast
Matheson scored for the first time in 17 games during a 5-0 win over the Bruins on Tuesday.
Matheson started in his own zone and carried the puck past the Bruins' skaters to pot a goal of his own in an impressive effort. The 24-year-old had 27 points last season and is well on his way to passing that mark this season with 12 already on his ledger through 24 contests.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Keith Yandle: Builds assist streak
Yandle dished two assists during a 5-0 shutout of the Bruins on Tuesday.
That marks four games in a row with an assist for Yandle. Unsurprisingly, one of his two assists Tuesday came on the power play as Yandle continues to power the Cats on the man advantage. Of his 25 total points, 17 of them have come on the power play. With the Panthers at the top of the league for penalties drawn, Yandle's penchant for power-play points won't be slowing down anytime soon.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Colton Sceviour: Tallies assist
Sceviour collected an assist during a 5-0 shutout win over the Bruins on Tuesday.
The point is only Sceviour's sixth on the season after 24 games. At his current pace, the 29-year-old will have his worst scoring total in five seasons.... See More ... See Less