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Panthers' Markus Nutivaara: Clears COVID-19 protocols
Nutivaara returned to the team Tuesday after clearing the NHL's COVID-19 protocols, David Dwork of Local 10 Miami reports.
Nutivaara is eligible to make his Panthers debut in Tuesday's game against the Blackhawks. The 26-year-old blueliner logged 244 NHL games over the last four years with the Panthers, contributing 17 goals, 43 assists and 30 PIM.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Samuel Montembeault: Sent to taxi squad
The Panthers assigned Montembeault to their taxi squad on Tuesday.
Sergei Bobrovsky (undisclosed) is set to make his season debut Tuesday, so Florida is no longer in need of Montembeault's services as a backup. The 24-year-old will, however, continue to be the first person the Panthers turn to when in need of an extra netminder throughout the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Juho Lammikko: Placed in protocol
Lammikko (undisclosed) was placed in COVID-19 protocol Monday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
Lammikko was already on injured reserve and not expected to return until at least Jan. 21 against the Hurricanes, so this may not affect his time to return. Once healthy, the 24-year-old forward is a good candidate for Florida's taxi squad.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Markus Nutivaara: Shifts to COVID-19 protocol
Nutivaara was placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol Monday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
Nutivaara was already expected to miss Tuesday's game against the Blackhawks, and the reason for his absence is now clear. The 26-year-old won't be able to participate in team activities until he clears the COVID-19 protocols.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sergei Bobrovsky: Will debut Tuesday
Bobrovsky (undisclosed) will make his season debut as the starter for Tuesday's game against Chicago, per coach Joel Quenneville, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Bobrovsky missed training camp but his coach called the starting netminder "more than ready to go." After a disappointing maiden season with the Panthers, Bobrovsky will look to rediscover the elite form that helped him bring home two Vezina Trophies in his time with the Blue Jackets.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Noah Juulsen: Clears COVID-19 protocols
Juulsen (COVID-19 protocols) is practicing with the Panthers on Monday, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Juulsen has joined his new teammates in practice, which means he has cleared all the necessary COVID-19 protocols since being claimed off waivers from Montreal a week ago. He'll be eligible to suit up as soon as Tuesday's game against Chicago, though it remains to be seen whether the 23-year-old defenseman will crack the lineup for Florida.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Carter Verhaeghe: Snags helper
Verhaeghe record an assist in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Blackhawks.
Verhaeghe joined the Panthers after the Lightning's salary cap crunch didn't leave enough funds to resign him. Verhaeghe has made the most of the opportunity, earning a top-line role alongside Aleksander Barkov out of camp. Verhaeghe's assist Sunday went to Eetu Luostarinen. While the 25-year-old Verhaeghe skated 17:16 in Sunday's contest, he's more suited for a middle-six role and probably won't pile up points all that regularly.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Radko Gudas: Notches helper
Gudas posted an assist, four shots on goal, three hits and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Blackhawks.
Not known for his offensive skill, Gudas did pretty well to create a well-rounded stat line, highlighted by his secondary helper on Patric Hornqvist's third-period goal. The 30-year-old Gudas signed a three-year deal with the Panthers in October, so he's going to be a factor on the blue line for some time. He'll mostly contribute in defensive metrics -- Gudas had 164 hits, 75 blocked shots and a plus-15 rating to go with 15 points in 63 appearances for the Capitals last year.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Anton Stralman: Registers assist
Stralman had an assist and two PIM in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Blackhawks.
Stralman had a positive start to 2020-21, assisting on Eetu Luostarinen's first NHL goal at 3:15 of the third period. The 34-year-old Stralman ended last season on a 10-game point drought, so it's nice to see him back on the scoresheet. Mostly a defensive presence, Stralman had 19 points in 69 games for the Panthers last year. He added 96 blocked shots and 68 hits, but he's not likely to do enough for fantasy attention.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Aleksander Barkov: Adds power-play assist
Barkov had a power-play assist, three shots on goal and two blocked shots in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Blackhawks.
Barkov made a late contribution to the offense when he assisted on Jonathan Huberdeau's tally at 16:55 of the third period. The 25-year-old Barkov also excelled at the faceoff dot, winning 16 of 23 draws. He regularly takes a lot of faceoffs, and he's won them at better than a 53 percent rate over the last three years.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Strikes first in second period
Ekblad scored a goal on four shots in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Blackhawks.
After a scoreless first period, Ekblad waited only 12 seconds into the middle frame to break the deadlock. The 24-year-old defenseman led all skaters with 25:46 of ice time. Ekblad is poised for a big year with all-situations usage and a role on the top power-play unit. He had a career-best 41 points in just 67 contests last year. On top of solid scoring numbers, Ekblad will also be sturdy with blocked shots and plus-minus.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Keith Yandle: Tallies after rocky weekend
Yandle scored a goal on three shots and went plus-2 in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Blackhawks.
The league's reigning ironman extended his streak to 867 games, and he rewarded head coach Joel Quenneville's change of heart with a goal. Unfortunately, Yandle took a holding minor that led to a Blackhawks goal, but the Panthers won, so all's well that ends well. Assuming Yandle stays in the lineup, the 34-year-old should see plenty of power-play time despite a third-pairing role at even strength. Fantasy managers may be wary of him falling out of favor with the coaching staff, but he's long been a strong offensive force with five seasons of 50-plus points to his name.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Patric Hornqvist: Panthers debut goes well
Hornqvist scored a goal and supplied an assist in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Blackhawks.
Hornqvist was responsible for the Panthers' fourth goal, and he had an assist on their fifth marker. The 34-year-old went plus-2 with three shots on goal. Hornqvist is expected to feature in a top-six role, giving him time with Aleksander Barkov or Jonathan Huberdeau at times. Hornqvist had 32 points and 107 hits in 52 games with the Penguins last year and should produce similarly if he stays healthy in 2020-21.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Eetu Luostarinen: One of each in Panthers debut
Luostarinen scored a goal and dished an assist in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Blackhawks.
Luostarinen begins the year as the Panthers' third-line center, but more performances like Sunday's could have him battling for top-six duties. He had a helper on Keith Yandle's second-period tally before scoring what was the game-winner in the third, just 22 seconds after Connor Murphy had equalized for the Blackhawks. The goal was Luostarinen's first in the NHL. A second-round pick of the Hurricanes in 2017, the Finn appears set for an everyday role after he was part of the return in the Vincent Trocheck trade last February.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Jonathan Huberdeau: Earns trio of points
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.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Chris Driedger: Solid in season opener
Driedger stopped 23 of 25 shots in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Blackhawks.
Driedger had a 2-0 lead to work with early in the second period, but he let that slip away within the first three minutes of the third. The Panthers then scored three unanswered goals, giving Driedger a win in his first start of the year. The 26-year-old goalie posted a 2.05 GAA and a .938 save percentage in 12 games as a backup last year. Sergei Bobrovsky (undisclosed) is aiming to return to action Tuesday, but if he can't go, Driedger would likely get another shot at the Blackhawks.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Keith Yandle: Will suit up Sunday
Yandle will play in Sunday's game against the Blackhawks, George Richards of Panthers Press Box reports.
Rumors have been floating recently that head coach Joel Quenneville would scratch Yandle for the season opener, thus ending his ironman streak of 866 straight games without an absence -- the longest active streak in the league. Public pressure and perhaps respect for the ongoing achievement swayed Quenneville to keep Yandle in the lineup, and the 34-year-old blueliner is expected to slot into the second pairing for Sunday's season opener. He produced 45 points over 69 games last year, including 21 on the power play.... See More ... See Less