FLORIDA PANTHERS: 7-4-3 (17 pts.) vs. WINNIPEG JETS: 5-7-3 (13 pts.)
GAME TIME: 8:30 P.M. Eastern
OPPOSITION SITE: Hockey At The Forks
After a brilliant win in Toronto this Florida Panthers team is looking to keep rolling as they visit the snowy streets of Winnipeg searching to make up ground in the Eastern Conference.
The last time the South Florida team played in Winnipeg was March 7, 1996…not too long after that, the original Jets team moved to Phoenix.
“I’m sure the atmosphere is going to be great, there will be a lot of buzz. It’s great to have the NHL back in Winnipeg, the fans there are great. You could just see the excitement about this team all summer.” Ed Jovanovski told the Miami Herald.
The Panthers are off to one of the best starts in franchise history with 17 points in 14 games. The Cats are 4-1-3 in their past eight games and look to stay competitive in the Eastern Conference and the South East Division with a win tonight. A victory over the Jets would put Florida in first place in the Southeast and 3rd in the Eastern Conference with a one point lead over the Capitals. Washington, however has two games in hand to the Cats and could cover the ground with a win Friday night against the Devils.
The last meeting of the Jets and Panthers in Sunrise resulted in a shootout loss for the Panthers. Look for them to try and get shots on goal early tonight and come out strong against the Jets. The top line of Versteeg, Weiss and Fleischmann were kept off the scoreboard against the Leafs, so look for them to try to get a strong start tonight in the frozen north
Overall the Panthers trail the series 26-28-6-9. Last year Atlanta held the edge 4-1-1
Dustin Byfuglien leads the Jets in shots on goal with 52, and second among defensemen in the NHL in that category.
Tanner Glass played 44 games for Florida over a two year span…1g-4a
Kendall McArdle a former first round pick of the Panthers appeared in 33 games for Florida with 1g-2a
Panthers assistant coach Craig Ramsey was the head coach for Atlanta (Winnipeg) last season. The team finished fourth in the S.E. Division with a 34-36-0-12 record
The Panthers are 12 for 53 on the PP, which is a conversion rate of 22.6% (5th NHL).
Tomas Fleischmann scored 2 goals last time he faced the Jets.
Dmitry Kulikov has 8 assists in the last 8 games.
The Jets were called on for a season-high 12 minor penalties on Tuesday night in Buffalo. The Jets are tied with Philadelphia for the most minor penalties called against them this season (75)
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