Preview: Panthers @ Blackhawks, 10/22/15

10/22/15 – 8:30 PM ET 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Panthers (3-2-1) 0
@ Blackhawks (3-3-0) 0

At A Glance

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 4 3 7
2. Aleksander Barkov 3 3 6
3. Reilly Smith 2 2 4
4. Brandon Pirri 1 3 4
5. Vincent Trocheck 1 3 4

Chicago Blackhawks

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Patrick Kane 4 3 7
2. Artemi Panarin 2 5 7
3. Marian Hossa 1 3 4
4. Artem Anisimov 2 1 3
5. Teuvo Teravainen 2 1 3

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 2-2-1 .941 2.01

Chicago Blackhawks

Name Record Save % GAA
Corey Crawford 2-2-0 .922 2.25


Projected Lineups

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11 Huberdeau – 16 Barkov – 68 Jagr L1 14 Tikhonov – 19 Toews – 81 Hossa
73 Pirri – 27 Bjugstad – 18 Smith L2 72 Panarin – 15 Anisimov – 88 Kane
36 Jokinen – 63 Bolland – 21 Trocheck L3 86 Teravainen – 48 Hinostroza – 28 Garbutt
42 Howden – 17 MacKenzie – 86 Brickley L4 11 Desjardins – 16 Kruger – 65 Shaw
51 Campbell – 5 Ekblad D1 43 Svedberg – 7 Seabrook
7 Kulikov – 6 Petrovic D2 4 Hjalmarsson – 57 Van Riemsdyk
33 Mitchell – 44 Gudbranson D3 6 Daley – 5 Rundblad
 1 Luongo G1 50 Crawford
 35 Montoya G2 33 Darling
 3 Kampfer, 4 Olsen, 22 Thornton X 29 Bickell, 16 Kruger, 32 Rosival
 Savard, Hodges IR Keith


Between the Lines

The Panthers head to Chicago to face the Blackhawks after scoring 2 straight goals late in regulation against Penguins on Tuesday before losing in overtime. Not only did the Panthers battle the Penguins, but they were forced to battle the referees as well as they couldn’t seem to get any calls to go their way all night long. It culminated early in the 3rd when Reilly Smith had seemingly tied the game at 1. A Brian Campbell shot from the point hit Smith somewhere off him or his stick, fell to the ice, and trickled between the legs of an unaware Marc-Andre Fleury. Although the referee signaled a goal, all four officials huddled and decided to contact the NHL in Toronto for a review. The referees apparently told the NHL that they changed their call to “no goal” and since the league determined that the video evidence was inconclusive, the “no goal” call stood and the score remained 1-0. Phil Kessel would go on to score a very similar goal shortly after and head coach Gerard Gallant told the media after the game that he wanted it to be reviewed, but wasn’t listened to or heard by the referees.

However, the Panthers would not give up, or at least their 4th line didn’t, as Quinton Howden and Derek MacKenzie would go on to score consecutive goals less than 3 minutes apart to tie the score at 2. Unfortunately, Jonathan Huberdeau would be called for an offensive zone cross-checking penalty just as the 3rd period was winding down which would give the Penguins a man advantage in overtime, and this was made more frustrating by the fact that the referees missed a similar call on the Penguins earlier in the game when Reilly Smith was checked from behind. The Panthers would gain a point by going to overtime, but it took just 1:21 for Evgeni Malkin to score the game-winner, after which Gerard Gallant attempted to challenge that the Penguins entered the zone offsides prior to the goal, but to no avail. The Panthers have lost 2 straight after winning 3 of their first 4 games.

The Chicago Blackhawks enter Thursday’s game against the Panthers having won just 1 game out of their past three. Chicago handed the Blue Jackets their 6th loss of the season on Saturday in an affair that saw Artemi Panarin and Marian Hossa record 2-point nights en route to a 4-1 Blackhawks victory. The biggest news of the week for the defending Stanley Cup Champions is that Duncan Keith will be out 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery on Tuesday to repair a right knee meniscal tear. Keith has 2 points in 6 games this season and regularly plays over 20 minutes a night for the Blackhawks making this a big loss on the blue-line.

Who’s hot?

The 4th line of Connor Brickley, Derek MacKenzie, and Quinton Howden is hot for the Panthers after combining for 5 points and both goals in Tuesday’s game against the Penguins. They’ve been impressive on the forecheck and relentless in all three zones, and it’s creating several offensive opportunities for the Panthers.

Twenty-three year-old Russian left winger Artemi Panarin has 3 points in his last 3 games for the Blackhawks and 7 since the start of the season. Chicago signed him as a free agent on May 1st and he’s been very effective offensively in his rookie year..



Pre-Game Reading

Recap: Panthers @ Penguins, 10/20/15

Panthers searching for complete efforts early in the season

Panthers’ Prospects Update #1: Hawryluk points aplenty

Derek MacKenzie leads a hard-working (and talented) fourth line … Panthers looking for rare win against Blackhawks – by George Richards, Miami Herald

Panthers overcome two-goal deficit, but fall 3-2 to Pens in first OT of season – by Harvey Fialkov, Sun-Sentinel



Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Penguins on Tuesday night for their sixth game of the season and lost 3-2. You can find a link to our recap of that game under the “Pre-Game Reading” section above.

The Panthers are 2-5-3 in their last 10 games against the Blackhawks and went 0-1-1 in two games last season. The last time the two teams met was on February 26nth when the Blackhawks won 3-0.

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



Pre-game Tweets

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One thought on “Preview: Panthers @ Blackhawks, 10/22/15

  1. Penguins fans at Consol were as upset with officiating as Cats fans on twitter. (I was there). Both teams had goals disallowed. At even strength the two top lines neutralized each other. Late penalty hurt, but cross check a blind-sided players into the boards and you can’t be surprised when the penalty is called. Other penalties weren’t called, both ways. Played decent game against a team overdue to breakout and Panthers held them to one even strength goal, which came when they were a little discombobulated after Smith’s goal was denied.

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