The Florida Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets, who will meet on Saturday night in Sunrise, Florida, have both won explosive victories.
Florida, which has the best home record in the NHL at 20-3-0, routed the Dallas Stars visiting on Friday night to 7-1.
Columbus routed Carolina Hurricanes 6-0 on Thursday night in Raleigh, NC
The Panthers line of Sam Bennett, Jonathan Huberdeau and Anthony Duclair dominated the star. Bennett had three goals and one assist, which was a plus five. Uberdo had 1 goal and 3 assists, which was a plus 5. Duclair had one goal and two assists, which was an amazing plus six.
“We are a confident group,” Duclair said. “We have a lot of skills and depth. It’s fun to play at home. We want to keep things moving here.”
Bennett, who has two hat tricks this season, has been a perfect fit since Panthers bought him from Calgary Flames last season.
“Whenever I can create personal success and help a team win, it feels great,” Bennett said. “I enjoy my time in South Florida.”
Columbus enjoyed Thursday. Twelve players were on the score sheet.
“Our team needs everyone to play winning hockey,” said Brad Larsen, coach of the Blue Jackets.
Leading the way to Columbus is defenseman Zach Werenski, 24, who was named NHL All-Star on Friday. He is ranked 4th in the Blue Jackets with 21 points.
Oliver Björk Strand leads Columbus with 26 points and Boone Jenner leads the team with 14 goals. However, with 24 assists, Blue Jackets No. 1 Yakubu Volasek will join the COVID Protocol this week and will not be able to play against the Panthers.
The first round pick of Columbus in 2020, Yegor Chinakhov has scored only 7 points in 26 games this season. However, he has recently scored three goals in the last three games.
“It feels great to score a goal,” said Chinahoff. “Of course, it gives me confidence.”
Columbus’ top goalkeeper is Elvis Merzlikins with an ERA of .911 and an ERA of 3.04, 13-8-1.
The Panthers play all night, so they can play Friday and rest with goalkeeper Sergei Bovlovsky (18-3-3), who is in the top six goalkeepers of the season.
Rookie Spencer Knight (7-4-2) is a Florida backup, and he sometimes struggled to record 3.39 GAA and .896 save rates. He hasn’t played since defeating Tampa Bay Lightning 9-3 on December 30th.
In any case, Panther makes a powerful attack, especially at home. In 23 home games this season, the Panthers have scored at least four goals 19 times.
Huberdeau, the second NHL All-Star in his career this week, leads the Florida attack with 51 points.
“I just have to open, and he’ll get me a pack,” Duclair said of Huberdeau. “I’m honored to play with him. It’s a lot of fun.”
The Panthers have won eight game points in a row, 7-0-1 during that span.
Florida hasn’t played Columbus yet this season, but the Panthers have beaten the Blue Jackets six times in a row. The Panthers finished 7-0-1 against the Blue Jackets last season.
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