Saturday October 13th
Vancouver (2-2-0) @ Florida (0-1-1)
Florida: Russian defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich is set to make his NHL debut tonight against the Vancouver Canucks. The 28 year old Russian put up 123 points in 393 KHL games. Kiselevich missed the first two games due to a broken jaw. Kiselevich slides in on the Panthers bottom pair as the Panthers have loaned Jacob MacDonald to Springfield. MacDonald scored a goal in 2 games. On the offensive side of things, the Panthers have made many changes. Denis Malgin and Mike Hoffman have swapped as Malgin enters the top 6 with Trocheck and Huerdeau and Hoffman slides onto third line duty. Frank Vatrano has been scratched in favor of Maxim Mamin who is making his season debut. Mamin put up 4 points in 26 games with the Panthers last year. James Reimer makes his 2nd consecutive start. The Panthers also put Keith Yandle on the 1st powerplay unit and moved Jonathan Huberdeau down to 2nd unit duty after the failed five forward experiment.
Goals: Barkov, Bjugstad, Brouwer, Dadonov and MacDonald (1)
Assists: Dadonov (2)
Points: Dadonov (3)
Scratched: Weegar, Vatrano
Injured: Luongo (MCL Sprain), MacKenzie (Upper Body),
McGinn (Back), Haley (NHL Player Assistance Program)
Vancouver: Rookie Elias Pettersson was named the #1 prospect in all the NHL this offseason. The 2017 4th overall pick, Pettersson entered the league by storm this year and is currently the #1 pick for the Calder. In only four games, the Swede has as many goals and three assists. Anders Nilsson will start over former Panther Jacob Markstrom.
Goals: Pettersson (4)
Assists: Edler (4)
Points: Pettersson (7)
Scratched: Del Zotto, Lepsic, Motte
1st Line: Florida
2nd Line: Florida
3rd Line: Florida
4th Line: Vancouver
1st Pair: Florida
2nd Pair: Florida
3rd Pair: Tie
Starting Goalie: Florida
Backup Goalie: Vancouver
Florida: Reimer has played 2 games with a record of 0-1-1 and a 3.96 GAA with a .875 save percentage this season. In 7 career games against Vancouver, Reimer is 4-3-0 with a 2.93 GAA and a .912 save percentage.
Vancouver: Nilsson has played 1 game with a record of 1-0-0 and a 1.00 GAA with a .971 save percentage this year. In 3 career games against the Panthers, Nilsson is 1-1-0 with a 1.9 GAA and a .943 save percentage and a shutout.