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Panthers' James Reimer: Starting in goal Thursday
Reimer will tend the twine Thursday against the Wild in Minneapolis, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Reimer has sat on the bench for each of the last four starts, but he gets another look in the crease Thursday after veteran Roberto Luongo allowed four goals in each of the last three contests. The Wild own a plus-13 goal differential on the home ice sheet, so a tough task awaits Reimer.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Samuel Montembeault: Trying to find way at AHL level
Montembeault stopped 41 of 42 shots in AHL Springfield's 2-1 shootout loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday.
The 2015 third-round pick was brilliant in regulation and overtime before allowing goals on all three attempts he faced in the skills competition. While his overall record this season is an impressive 9-3-2, Montembeault's underlying numbers are a bit more concerning. His GAA is 2.81 and his save percentage is .913. Both numbers are significant improvements from his first AHL campaign in which he struggled massively, but Montembeault's ceiling remains that of a likely long-term backup goaltender at the NHL level.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Jonathan Huberdeau: Not cooling down soon
Huberdeau added another two points off two assists during a 4-3 loss to the Blues on Tuesday.
Huberdeau now has 21 points in his last 11 games as the 25-year-old winger has caught fire on Aleksander Barkov's wing. He is on a career-high pace right now with no end in sight for this dominating hot streak.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Jared McCann: Dishes assist in loss
McCann collected an assist during a 4-3 loss to the Blues on Tuesday.
Ever since Vincent Trocheck (ankle) went down with an injury, McCann has taken over more responsibility in the lineup, lately as the second-line center. He has scored six points in the 12 games since Trocheck went down with his injury, but the Panthers as a team have gone 4-5-3. When Nick Bjugstad (upper body) returns to the ice, he will likely challenge McCann for the second-line center spot.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' MacKenzie Weegar: Blasts home first of season
Weegar scored his first goal of the season Tuesday as the Panthers dropped a 4-3 decision to the Blues.
The goal opened up a small comeback from the Panthers, who wound up tying the game at 3-3 after being down 3-1 midway through the third period, though they ended up losing. Weegar now has four points on the season through 26 games.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Mark Pysyk: Collects first point in 12 games
Pysyk recorded an assist during a 4-3 loss to the Blues on Tuesday.
The assist marks Pysyk's first point since mid-October as the blueliner had gone 12 games without a point on top of missing time with an injury. He has three points in total on the season and is on pace to end his season in the mid-teens in points, as he has the past two seasons.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Alex Petrovic: Rough outing in return
Petrovic returned to the lineup with a minus-3 rating during a 4-3 loss to the Blues on Tuesday.
A rough outing like this one puts Petrovic in danger of winding up in the press box for the next Panthers game. None of the goals were his fault in particular, but he didn't stand out in a positive way in his first game back on the ice after being a healthy scratch for three straight. It doesn't help that the 26-year-old blueliner has only one point in 21 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Roberto Luongo: Falls to Blues
Luongo allowed four goals on 33 shots in Tuesday's loss to the Blues.
Luongo has yielded four goals in three straight games, recording a loss in each matchup. The 39-year-old has now dropped to a .901 save percentage and sports a 5-6-1 record. Luongo's not in danger of losing his job, but he'll need to turn his play around if he wants to hoist the Panthers from the bottom of the Atlantic Division.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Anthony Greco: Surfaces with top club
The Panthers summoned the services of Greco from the team's AHL Springfield affiliate Tuesday, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Greco was unable to snag a bottom-six role with the Panthers out of training camp, but he responded to his demotion with 23 points -- 12 goals and 11 assists -- through 24 games. The 25-year-old winger will provide the Panthers with some depth up front on the upcoming two-game road trip with Nick Bjugstad (upper body) already ruled out and only 12 other healthy forwards on the roster.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Henrik Borgstrom: Racking up points in AHL
Borgstrom posted a goal and two assists to lead AHL Springfield to a 5-1 win over Binghamton on Sunday.
One of the most gifted offensive prospects in the game, Borgstrom is now averaging nearly a point-per-game (22 points in 23 games) for Springfield. The talented Finn was a surprise cut by the Panthers at the end of training camp and it's even more baffling that he remains in the minors while the team flounders at .500 (11-11-6). Currently 26th in the NHL out of 31 clubs, Florida could use Borgstrom's talents in their lineup. The call up could come at any time now.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Nick Bjugstad: Missing next two games
Bjugstad (upper body) will not join the team for games Tuesday and Thursday, staying back in Florida to rehab instead. However, he is still considered day-to-day.
That means Bjugstad's next chance to play is Saturday at home against the Maple Leafs. This was a bad time for the American forward to get hurt, as he was struggling mightily before his injury. Bjugstad only has one point, an assist, in his last 11 games, and now he has to wait to get healthy before he can right the ship.... See More ... See Less
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. Hoffman 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 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. The Panthers are deadly on offense but have struggled heavily defensively, leaving Barkov with a minus-8 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. 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. 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