|1||FLORIDA||+190||Ov 5.5,-105||+200||Ov 5.5,-110|
|2||PITTSBURGH||-230||Un 5.5,-115||-240||Un 5.5,-110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3-5-0||-1.3||3-5||-1.3||3-5||2.1||27.0||3.5||29.4|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.2||1-4||-3.2||3-2||3.0||30.2||3.6||32.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||16||40||15||12||12||1||2||457||8.8%||62||11||17.7%||59|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8||17||7||5||4||1||1||216||7.9%||28||4||14.3%||23|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||6||5||4||0||0||151||9.9%||16||1||6.2%||24|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||58||17||21||16||4||1||495||11.7%||59||15||25.4%||98|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||28||9||11||7||1||0||235||11.9%||28||8||28.6%||48|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||18||4||5||6||3||0||164||11.0%||14||4||28.6%||31|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (All Games)||6||4||138||119||86.2%||0||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||2-2|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Road Games)||4||3||92||83||90.2%||0||1-2||-0.8||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||88||77||87.5%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOSE THEODORE (All Games)||12||12||356||318||89.3%||1||4-8||-3.8||4-8-0||-4||6-6|
|JOSE THEODORE (Road Games)||5||5||143||124||86.7%||1||2-3||-0.6||2-3-0||-1||2-3|
|JOSE THEODORE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||122||107||87.7%||0||0-4||-4.2||0-4-0||-4||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3-4-0||-4.5||3-4||-4.5||5-2||3.3||30.3||3.3||24.7|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||-0.5||3-2||-0.5||3-2||3.4||29.8||3.0||28.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||17||57||20||14||22||1||5||516||11.0%||69||19||27.5%||94|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||7||23||4||9||10||0||0||212||10.8%||30||8||26.7%||41|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||6||1||10||0||1||149||11.4%||22||6||27.3%||31|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||44||8||20||16||0||1||471||9.3%||69||12||17.4%||75|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||23||5||12||6||0||0||173||13.3%||25||6||24.0%||37|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||4||6||5||0||0||143||10.5%||17||3||17.6%||25|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)||11||11||291||266||91.4%||0||8-3||+3||8-3-0||+3||6-5|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Home Games)||5||5||111||97||87.4%||0||3-2||-1||3-2-0||-1||4-1|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||116||107||92.2%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||2-2|
|BRAD THIESSEN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRAD THIESSEN (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)||7||6||179||161||89.9%||0||3-3||-1.9||3-3-0||-2||4-2|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Home Games)||3||2||62||53||85.5%||0||0-2||-3.5||0-2-0||-4||1-1|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||107||95||88.8%||0||2-2||-1.5||2-2-0||-2||2-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: FLORIDA 2.95, PITTSBURGH 3.02|
|1/26/2013||PHILADELPHIA||1-7||L||0, -105||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/29/2013||at TAMPA BAY||2-5||L||0, +150||L||5.5 ov||O|
|1/31/2013||WINNIPEG||6-3||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/3/2013||at BUFFALO||4-3||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||at WINNIPEG||2-3||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/7/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||3-2||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/9/2013||at WASHINGTON||0-5||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/12/2013||WASHINGTON||5-6||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/14/2013||MONTREAL||0-1||L||0, +105||L||5 ov||U|
|2/16/2013||TAMPA BAY||5-6||L||0, +105||L||5.5 ev||O|
|2/18/2013||TORONTO||0-3||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/21/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||5-2||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/22/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|3/2/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|1/27/2013||at OTTAWA||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ov||U|
|1/29/2013||NY ISLANDERS||1-4||L||0, -200||L||5.5 ov||U|
|1/31/2013||at NY RANGERS||3-0||W||0, +100||W|| ||U|
|2/2/2013||NEW JERSEY||5-1||W||0, -145||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/3/2013||at WASHINGTON||6-3||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||4-2||W||0, -145||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/7/2013||WASHINGTON||5-2||W||0, -200||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/9/2013||at NEW JERSEY||1-3||L||0, -105||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||NEW JERSEY||1-3||L||0, -165||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/13/2013||OTTAWA||4-2||W||0, -185||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/15/2013||at WINNIPEG||3-1||W||0, -150||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/17/2013||at BUFFALO||4-3||W||0, -135||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/20/2013||PHILADELPHIA||5-6||L||0, -185||L||5.5 ov||O|
|2/24/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|2/26/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|2/28/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|3/2/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|3/4/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
LAST SEASON: 38-26-18, 94 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-3 in first round.
COACH: Kevin Dineen, 2nd season with Panthers, 38-26-18; 2nd overall in NHL.
ADDED: D Filip Kuba, C Peter Mueller, RW George Parros, RW Alex Kovalev.
LOST: D Jason Garrison, LW Wojtek Wolski, C John Madden.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Kovalev. He's still strong and talented, and could be the perfect fit for a second line that sometimes struggled with scoring a year ago. Plus, considering how much Florida struggles with shootouts, someone like Kovalev could pay immediate dividends.
OUTLOOK: Most of the team that won the Southeast Division title last season is back. The Panthers might have one of the best 1-2 goaltending combos in the league with Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen. If health isn't an issue, the Panthers could go deeper in the playoffs this time around.
LAST SEASON: 51-25-6, 108 points. Lost to Philadelphia 4-2 in first round.
COACH: Dan Bylsma, 5th season with Penguins, 165-81-25.
ADDED: C Brandon Sutter, G Tomas Vokoun, LW Tanner Glass.
LOST: C Jordan Staal, RW Steve Sullivan, G Brent Johnson, RW Arron Asham, D Zbynek Michalek.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Sidney Crosby. The 25-year-old superstar appears to be fully recovered from concussion-like symptoms that limited him to just 22 games last season. He should be back in his comfort zone with linemates Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz along for the ride. If healthy, he's the game's greatest playmaker.
OUTLOOK: With Crosby and reigning league MVP Evgeni Malkin in their primes, anything less than a Stanley Cup will be considered a disappointment.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (FLORIDA-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Panthers-Penguins Preview* ===========================
By JON PALMIERI STATS Editor
Florida (4-7-4) at Pittsburgh (11-6-0), 7:00 p.m. EDT
Coming off a poor defensive performance in a loss to their fiercest rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins are eager to bounce back.
Recent home games against the Florida Panthers usually get them headed in the right direction.
Red-hot Marc-Andre Fleury will try to lead the Penguins to an eighth straight home win against the Panthers on Friday night.
Bidding for a fourth consecutive victory, Pittsburgh (11-6-0) instead turned in its worst defensive effort of the season Wednesday in a 6-5 loss to Philadelphia. The Penguins squandered a 2-0 lead and allowed a season high in goals, matching their total from the previous three contests.
"It's unfortunate," said captain Sidney Crosby, who is tied for the NHL lead with 25 points. "We had a good start and didn't find a way to hold the lead."
Crosby's team has won seven in a row at home - five after regulation - against the Panthers since a 3-2 loss on Jan. 3, 2009. He's missed three of those meetings but has four goals and two assists in the other four victories.
Fleury is scheduled to be back in net after Tomas Vokoun allowed all six goals on 32 shots against the Flyers. Fleury has won three straight starts and is 6-1-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average this month. He's won five consecutive starts against the Panthers, compiling a 1.36 GAA.
Evgeni Malkin's first goal in six games Wednesday gave the Penguins a power-play tally in nine straight contests. They are 13 for 38 with the man advantage during that span and rank second in the NHL with a 27.5 percent conversion rate.
James Neal has been the biggest part of that success, leading the league with eight power-play goals. Malkin has an NHL-best 13 power-play points and Neal is tied for second with 11.
Desperate for any positive signs, the Panthers (5-7-4) came up with plenty in Thursday's 5-2 victory at Philadelphia. Rookie Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals - one on a penalty shot - and set up two others as Florida ended a five-game losing streak.
Peter Mueller also scored twice - his first goals in eight games - and Scott Clemmensen stopped 32 shots in the Panthers' first win since Feb. 7, also in Philadelphia.
"Four points out of Philadelphia is not too shabby, and we walk out of the place still standing," coach Kevin Dineen said. "So that's not always the way it's worked here in Philly. A lot of atmosphere here, a lot of character, so it's good to come in here and get some wins."
Huberdeau has five goals in his last five games and leads all rookies with eight.
"I'm glad he's on my team," Clemmensen said. "I see him in practice every day. I'm not surprised at all."
Dineen has several options in goal Friday. He could come back with Clemmensen, go back to starter Jose Theodore, who has a 3.87 GAA during an 0-2-2 skid, or give recent AHL callup Jacob Markstrom his first start of the season.
Theodore might be the best plan since he's 9-1-2 with a 2.45 GAA in his last 12 starts against the Penguins. He made 33 saves in Florida's most recent visit to Pittsburgh, a 2-1 shootout loss on March 9.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 2:23:12 PM EST|