Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:05pm EST
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
Written by Valdis Pans
Two teams, currently going in completely different directions, are set to meet up in Detroit, with the local Red Wings (8th in Atlantic Division) eager to snap a three-game skid while hosting the Florida Panthers (4th in Atlantic), who have won three fixtures in a row…
Cats Triumph In Three StraightThe Florida Panthers (25-16-5) are cruising into the weekend, having ended a four-game homestand (3-1-0) with three consecutive victories, beating the Vancouver Canucks (5-2), Toronto Maple Leafs (8-4) and Los Angeles Kings (4-3) along the way. The Cats are 10-4-0 in their last 14 outings and are currently sitting 4th in the Atlantic Division with 55 points from 46 fixtures, boasting a 9-8-3 tally on the road so far this season. Jonathan Huberdeau leads Florida with 62 points (18 goals, 44 assists), while Evgenii Dadonov (37 points) has notched the most strikes (20).
Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who has started 33 matchups this year with an extra appearance in relief, is expected to be fit to face Detroit following an upper-body injury, having recorded a 14-5-1 career total against the Red Wings with a 2.00 GAA and a .934 save percentage. He is 16-12-4 for the ongoing season with a 3.29 GAA and a .896 save percentage. The Panthers, meanwhile, are netting the absolute highest quantity of goals per game (3.63), while conceding the 6th highest bulk on the defensive end (3.30). They are 5th in power play (24.3%) and 23rd in penalty kill (77.9%).
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