The Florida Panthers look to stretch their winning streak to two games as they return home from a three game roadtrip to take on the Winnipeg Jets, for the first meeting between the two clubs this season.
The Panthers are coming off a thrilling 3-2 victory Saturday night in Buffalo. Florida found themselves down 2-1 with just under ten minutes remaining in the game. Tomas Fleischmann scored his third of the season to tie the game up at 16:02 of the third, before Jason Garrison fired home his 4th on the season to give the Panthers the victory.
Panthers’ goaltender Jose Theodore made 24-saves to secure the victory. “We’re playing good hockey,” said Theodore. “Even in Ottawa we think we could have won that game. The guys are really dedicated to the little details, and playing real well.”
The Winnipeg Jets on the other hand are playing the third game of a season long seven game roadtrip. So far, the Jets have posted a 1-1 record, as they beat the Flyers 9-8 Thursday night before running out of gas Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning as they lost that game 1-0.
All of the Jets nine goals on Thursday were scored by different players. Tanner Glass, Blake Wheeler and Nic Antropov all let the way with 3 points on the night. Ondrej Pavelec was credited for the win despite allowing 7 goals on 43 shots, before he give way to Chris Mason who let in 1 goal on 5 shots.
This is the first of 6 games to be played between the two Southwest division rivals this season. The Panthers posted a 2-1-3 record last season against the Jets when they were known as the “Atlanta Thrashers” but, all 6 contests were decided by 1 goal.
Winnipeg Jets: (3-6-1, 14th Eastern Conference, 5th NorthEast Division) (1-4-1 Road)
Florida Panthers: (6-4-0, 7th Eastern Conference, 2nd SouthEast Division) (2-1-0 Road)
Powerplay: WPG (15.4% 18th NHL) – FLA (23.3% 5th NHL)
Penalty Kill: WPG (77.3% 22nd NHL) – FLA (76.7% tied 25th NHL)
GF/GA: WPG (26GF, tied 17th NHL / 35GA, tied 26th NHL) – FLA (26GF , 20th NHL / 25GA , tied 14th NHL)
Winnipeg Jets: Eric Fehr (Right Shoulder Surgery), Aaron Gagnon (Undisclosed), Ron Hainsey (Upper Body), Derek Meech (Lower Body), Chris Mason (Sprained Right Groin)
Florida Panthers: Scott Clemmensen (Knee), Sean Bergenheim (Lower Body), Mikael Samuelsson (Groin)