Preview: Stars @ Panthers, 10/17/15

10/17/15 – 7:00 PM ET 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Stars (3-1-0) 0
@ Panthers (3-1-0) 0

At A Glance

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 4 2 6
2. Aleksander Barkov 2 3 5
3. Vincent Trocheck 1 3 4
4. Jussi Jokinen 2 1 3
5. Reilly Smith 2 1 3

Dallas Stars

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jason Spezza 4 2 6
2. Ales Hemsky 1 5 6
3. Jamie Benn 3 2 5
4. Cody Eakin 3 1 4
5. Mattias Janmark 2 2 4

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 2-1-0 .959 1.34

Dallas Stars

Name Record Save % GAA
Kari Lehtonen 2-1-0 .918 2.52

Projected Lineups

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11 Huberdeau – 16 Barkov – 68 Jagr L1 14 Benn – 91 Seguin – 10 Sharp
73 Pirri – 27 Bjugstad – 18 Smith L2 43 Nichushkin – 90 Spezza – 22 Sceviour
36 Jokinen – 63 Bolland – 21 Trocheck L3 13 Janmark – 20 Eakin – 83 Hemsky
42 Howden – 17 MacKenzie – 22 Thornton L4 21 Roussel – 38 Fidler – 12 Faksa
51 Campbell – 5 Ekblad D1 33 Goligoski – 3 Klingberg
7 Kulikov – 6 Petrovic D2 47 Oduya – 4 Demers
33 Mitchell – 44 Gudbranson D3 24 Benn – 2 Jokipakka
 1 Luongo G1 32 Lehtonen
 35 Montoya G2 31 Niemi
 3 Kampfer, 4 Olsen, 86 Brickley X 15 Nemeth, 5 Oleksiak, 27 Moen
 Savard, Hodges IR  Eaves, McKenzie, Ritchie

Between the Lines

The Panthers enter the final game of their two-game homestand after defeating the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night by a score of 3-2. The top line for the Panthers, which includes Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, and Jaromir Jagr, provided all of the offense necessary to defeat the Sabres as they combined for all 3 goals, two of which were scored by the 43-year-old. Aleksander Barkov was impressive all night long as he added a goal and an assist, and put his skating and defensive abilities on display. The Panthers’ penalty kill has been strong since the start of the season and Tyler Ennis’s 3rd period power play goal was just the 2nd allowed by the Panthers over the 17 times they’ve been shorthanded. Although the Panthers scored 3 goals and won, they barely escaped as the Sabres pushed hard for the entire second half of the game and nearly completed the comeback.

“I don’t think we played our game, we didn’t play our best game but we won…we have to learn from that, we have to be better next game for sure,” said Jaromir Jagr following the 3-2 win. “We didn’t play well this game, but we still earned the win,” said Aleksander Barkov.

The Dallas Stars will make the short trip from Tampa to Sunrise after defeating the Lightning 5-3 on Thursday night. Tempers were running high after Jamie Benn took Victor Hedman out of the game as a result of a hard, but clean check into the boards. Later on, Nikita Nesterov of the Lightning checked Curtis McKenzie from behind and sent him head first into the boards. McKenzie had just been called up from the AHL on Wednesday, and Star’s coach Lindy Ruff said he was in”excruciating pain” at the hospital after the game. The Stars had a balanced attack offensively however, receiving goals from Jason Spezza, Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, Cody Eakin, and Jason Demers, while Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves on 33 shots.

Saturday’s game against Dallas will be the biggest test yet for the Panthers through their first 5 games as Dallas possesses high-end offensive players in Spezza, Sharp, Seguin, and Benn, solid defense in Klingberg, Oduya, and Goligoski, and reliable goaltending whether Lehtonen or Niemi starts. Gerard Gallant has shown trust in all four lines so he won’t be relying solely on the Barkov line to shut down the Star’s top forwards, but rather the 4th line will be important in doing so as well. The Panthers will have to be more disciplined so as to not take bad penalties, like they did against the Sabres, which will allow the Stars to generate more scoring chances. The forecheck will be key to the Panthers generating offense like it was against Carolina, and they’ll need to sustain offensive zone pressure which they seemed to have had a difficult time doing after the 1st period on Thursday night.

Who’s hot?

Jaromir Jagr is hot with 2 multi-goal games already this season and the Panthers have only played 4 times. Jagr has 4 goals in 4 games and leads the Panthers with 6 points. Aleksander Barkov has 5 points in 4 games, including two goals and three assists, and as a whole, the top line of Barkov, Jagr, and Huberdeau is a +9 with 12 points.

For the Stars, Jason Spezza has 4 goals in his last 2 games, including a hat-trick against Edmonton on Tuesday, and he leads the Stars with 6 points. Ales Hemsky has at least a point in all four games he’s played so far this season as well as two multi-point games. Jamie Benn has a goal in each of his last two games while Tyler Seguin had a 2-point night against Tampa.

Pre-Game Reading

Recap: Sabres @ Panthers, 10/15/15

Jaromir Jagr scores twice, not thrilled with Florida’s 3-2 win over Buffalo – by George Richards, Miami Herald

Jaromir Jagr schools Sabres with two goals to lead Panthers to 3-2 victory – by Harvey Fialkov, Sun-Sentinel

Panthers center Sasha Barkov coming of age – by Harvey Fialkov, Sun-Sentinel

Jaromir Jagr has four goals in four games as he helps the Panthers to a hot start – by George Richards, Miami Herald

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Sabres on Thursday night for their fourth game in six nights and won 3-2. You can find a link to our recap of that game under the “Pre-Game Reading” section above. The Panthers are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games against the Stars and went 0-1-1 in two games last season. The last time the two teams met was on March 5th when the Stars won 4-3 in a shootout, and Brandon Pirri, Dmitry Kulikov, and Jonathan Huberdeau all tallied goals for the Panthers.

Here’s the NHL video recap of the Panthers’ last game which was against the Sabres:

Pre-game Tweets


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