Tonight, at 7:00 P.M. ET, the Florida Panthers will host the Edmonton Oilers at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL. This is the first of two games this season between the two clubs. They’ll play again in Edmonton on January 10th.
The Florida Panthers have gotten out to a rough start. A 3-5-3 record to open the season; although, they did win their last matchup.
Despite that, they’ve gained points in over half of their games. Their NHL-worst nine total points are only tempered by the fact that they’ve played at least two fewer games than any other team.
The Edmonton Oilers, boasting an 8-6-1 record, rank fourth in the tough Pacific Division. They’re finishing up a four-game road trip.
When Last We Met
The last time the Florida Panthers faced the Edmonton Oilers was on March 17th last season. The 35-26-7 Panthers dropped the decision to the 30-35-5 Oilers by a 4-2 final count.
Connor McDavid led the Oilers with a goal and two helpers. Roberto Luongo stopped 32-of-35 in the loss. The Panthers won nine of their final 13 games afterward, only to fall one point short of Lord Stanley’s Tournament.
“I don’t think we’re pleased with tonight, the way we played. I think we should beat that team. If we play our game, we would. It’s just a matter of coming to every game like it’s a playoff game. Can’t let off the pedal at all.” – Vincent Trocheck as quoted by Alain Poupart on NHL.com
In Florida’s last game, they topped the Winnipeg Jets, 4-2 with 13,490 in attendance at Hartwall Arena, in Helsinki, Finland.
Evgeni Dadonov (6) and Keith Yandle (3) each scored a goal with an assist, Jonathan Huberdeau notched a pair of dimes, while Mike Hoffman (6) and Vatrano (4) also pitched in with a goal each. Luongo earned the victor’s spoils in his return from the DL by turning aside 32 of the Jets 34 shots.
“I was aiming more towards next week, but I felt really good in practice the last few days. I had a good morning skate yesterday and I felt I was where I needed to be and I was excited to get back in the lineup.” – Luongo, as quoted on NHL.com by Brian Compton.
In Edmonton’s last matchup, on Tuesday night, they dropped a 5-2 decision to the 11-3-1 Tampa Bay Lightning.
“We should have maybe scored one or two more out there on the power play. We had a lot of good chances.” – Klefbom, as quoted by Corey Long on NHL.com
The Florida Panthers have faced off against the Edmonton Oilers 32 times through their history. Their 11-12-3-6 record and subsequent .484 points percentage rank as their 18th best against the rest of the NHL.
This Day in History
The Panthers are 1-4-0-1 on November 8th. Their only victory was a 5-1 contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2011. Shawn Matthias (2) and Jack Skille (1) each had a goal and an assist. Sean Bergenheim (2), Tomas Kopecky (3), and Marco Sturm (1) also added markers to support netminder Jose Theodore, who turned aside 38-of-39.
Jason Garrison, who is now about to turn 34-years-old, played in parts of four seasons for the Panthers. He scored 23 goals with 36 assists in 190 contests before signing with the Vancouver Canucks through free agency following the 2012 playoffs.
Florida Panthers: 3-5-3, nine points, .409 points percentage, Eighth-of-eight in the Atlantic Division, 16th-of-16 in the Eastern Conference, 31st-of-31 in the NHL. Last five: L-W-L-L-W, Playoff Odds: 22.8%.
Edmonton Oilers: 8-6-1, 17 points, .567 points percentage, Fourth-of-eight in the Pacific Division, Ninth-of-15 in the Western Conference, 15th-of-31 in the NHL. Last five: L-W-W-L-L, Playoff Odds: 59.4%.
Cam Talbot (unconfirmed)
Derek MacKenzie is on the IR with a bum shoulder and is out indefinitely.
Jared McCann is listed with an upper-body injury and is questionable.
Mark Pysyk is still out with the “upper body” injury.
Games: Alexander Petrovic will play in his 240th Panthers game, moving into a tie for 43rd all-time with Kopecky.
Goals: Dadonov will tie Jozef Stumpel in 34th with his next goal, his 45th as a Panther. Ekblad will move into a tie with Tom Fitzgerald and Tomas Fleischmann in 21st all-time with his 54th marker. Huberdeau, currently tied in 10th with Ray Whitney, can pass him with his 98th goal.
Assists: Dadonov needs two helpers to tie Valeri Bure and Gregory Campbell in a tie for 43rd, with 56. Ekblad will tie Stumpel in 23rd with his next assist, number 84. Two assists for Keith Yandle will give him 95, tying him with Jussi Jokinen in 20th.
Points: Dadonov’s next point will give him 99, tying him in 42nd with Brian Skrudland. Yandle’s next will be #110, tying him in 35th with Dave Lowry. Two points for Ekblad will tie him in 21st with Dmitry Kulikov, with 138.
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Games: Petrovic, Ekblad, Nick Bjugstad, Barkov, Trocheck, Hoffman, Huberdeau, Yandle, Dadonov – 11
Goals: Dadonov, Hoffman – 6, Vatrano – 4
Assists: Yandle – 9, Huberdeau – 8, Dadonov, Barkov – 7
Points: Dadonov – 13, Yandle – 12, Huberdeau – 10
Plus-Minus: Bjugstad +5, Dadonov, Vatrano, Jacob MacDonald, Petrovic +1
Hits: Petrovic – 37, Trocheck – 28, Troy Brouwer – 17
Faceoff Percentage: Trocheck – 52.3%, Juho Lammikko – 51.5%, Bjugstad, Barkov – 51.3%, Jared McCann – 48.1%
Shots-on-Goal: Hoffman – 42, Yandle, Dadonov – 35
Troy Brouwer’s Impact
The 6’3″ Brouwer has accrued 461:30 in 30 games against the Oilers, mostly as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. He’s scored six goals with five assists in an average of 15 minutes of ice time against them over the last dozen years.
Although he’s only averaging just north of nine minutes per game this season, his steady hand on the checking line with youngsters Lammikko (23-years-old) and Mamin (24-years-old) will prove invaluable to success in tonight’s game.
On the other hand, if Brouwer’s off, then the Panthers will be off tonight, and not in a good way.
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