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Florida Panthers look to ride emotional win from two nights ago

After hard earned win against the Ottawa Senators, the Florida Panthers take on the Carolina Hurricanes in the second of a three game home stand. This will be the third and final meeting between the two former division rivals, with the Hurricanes winning the previous two contests.

The Run Down

Carolina would need a lot to happen in order for them to make the playoffs, as in they win out and no less than four teams have to go winless in that span – so they are more in the boat that the Panthers are in, playing for next year.

Player Spotlight – Jeff Skinner

Skinner is one of the best young goal scorers in the league, and at 21-years old is only three goals away from his second career 30-goal campaign. In 61-games this season, Skinner has registered 46 points (27 G, 19 A), ten of those points power play markers.

Since playing a full 82-games his rookie year – that saw him win the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie – Skinner has yet to play a full season, playing in 64-games his second year and then in 42-during the shortened season.

The most games that he can play in this season is 71-as he has missed 11-games this season already.

Key Matchup

Justin Faulk vs Dmitry Kulikov

I wrote the other day on if Justin Faulk’s contract could affect the Panthers’ negotiations with Erik Gudbranson and while that is still true Kulikov is more comparable to Faulk than Gudbranson is.

Both are young puck moving defenseman who have seen their share of struggles but whose potential is undeniable.

Faulk has 24-points on the season, and has registered three assists in his last ten games but is also a minus-8 in that span. In the same span for Kulikov, a minus-7 with four assists.

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