The Calgary Flames will host the Florida Panthers in an inter-conference battle Thursday night from the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Panthers posted a 4-2 home win over the Penguins on Tuesday night, and the Flames dropped a 5-3 home decision to the Capitals in their latest action. Each team recorded one win in last year’s season series.
Panthers Defeat Penguins for Second Straight Win
The Florida Panthers will open a tough four-game road trip in this one. They have fared well on the road this season, logging a 2-1-2 record. Florida enters this game on a winning note after posting a solid 4-2 home win against the Penguins on Tuesday night.
Panthers’ point leader Jonathan Huberdeau continues to excel, recording at least one point in all but two games this season, and he has collected four goals along with six assists in nine games played. The 26-year old center tallied one point in two contests against the Flames last season.
Evgenii Dadonov has cooled off after a strong start, going three consecutive games without recording a point. The dynamic 30-year old right-winger has four goals and three assists on the season.
The Panthers are expected to send Sergei Bobrovsky to the crease in this clash. The veteran netminder rebounded with a solid effort in Tuesday’s win against the Penguins, turning aside 23 of 25 shots. Overall he is struggling, compiling a poor 3.75 GAA and an .878 save percentage accompanied with a 3-2-2 record. Florida is scoring an average of 3.2 goals per game, ranking them 11th in the NHL. The Panthers are allowing an average of 3.4 goals, placing them 24th overall.
Flames Tagged with First Regulation Home Loss
The Calgary Flames were charged with their first regulation home loss of the season in a 5-3 defeat to the Capitals on Tuesday night. The Flames now feature a 3-1-1 record on home ice. Johnny Gaudreau has rebounded from a three-game pointless drought by registering two assists in his last two games. The talented 26-year old left-winger is up to nine points in 11 games on the season. Gaudreau earned two assists in two games against the Panthers last year.
Elias Lindholm is consistently finding the back of the net, recording a team-high six goals on the season with four of those coming in his last five games. The 24-year old center now has seven points on the year. Calgary has only won consecutive games once in this young season. Center Sam Bennett is questionable for this one with a lower-body injury.
The Flames will likely have Dave Rittich guard the cage in this game. The 27-year old goalie has been sharp on home ice, and he owns a 2.85 GAA and a .912 save percentage to go along with a 4-3-1 record. The Flames haven’t found their offensive identity yet this season, averaging 2.5 goals per game, placing them 23rd overall. They are holding opponents to 2.7 goals, positioning them 11th in the NHL.
The Florida Panthers are:
- 6-14 in their last 20 October games.
- 2-5 in their last 7 games in Calgary.
The Calgary Flames are:
- 6-1 in their last 7 games against an Eastern Conference opponent.
- 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games.