The Panthers were shutout for the second time this season and only managed to produce 20 shots on Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens. In what was a hard fought defensive battle, the Kings converted on their chances and the Florida Panthers did not.
Jacob Markstrom making his third start since the injury to Tim Thomas, stopped 26 of 29 shots faced. The Panthers struggled to produce any pressure on the Kings and the result was a game play predominantly in the Panthers defensive zone. Markstrom made a number of saves to keep the game close including these two brilliant stops amidst a crowd of players:
The Panthers have been shutout twice in just six games so far this season. They were shutout six times in 48 games last season.
The Panthers fell flat after an exhilarating 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in their home opener on Friday Night. The loss against the Kings continued the Panther’s up and down start to the season and the team has been held to two goals or less in four of their first six games.
The 3 p.m. matinee was played at a quick pace with very few interruptions. There were only three penalties called the entire game, two against the Kings and one against the Panthers.
Nick Bjugstad who has been out this season with a concussion, was activated off IR and was a healthy scratch. That could be a sign that he is almost ready to play, the question now remains, will he be playing for the Panthers or down in San Antonio for the Rampage.
The Panthers travel to Nashville Tuesday night to take on the Predators before returning home to start a six game road trip against the Boston Bruins on Thursday.