Preview: Avalanche @ Panthers, 10/27/15

10/27/15 – 7:30 PM ET 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Avalanche (2-4-1) 0
@ Panthers (4-3-1) 0

At A Glance

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 6 4 10
2. Nick Bjugstad 3 3 6
3. Vincent Trocheck 2 4 6
4. Aleksander Barkov 3 3 6
5. Reilly Smith 3 2 5

Colorado Avalanche

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Nathan MacKinnon 3 4 7
2. Gabriel Landeskog 4 2 6
3. Francois Beauchemin 0 6 6
4. Jarome Iginla 3 2 5
5. John Mitchell 4 0 4

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 2-3-1 .934 2.17

Colorado Avalanche

Name Record Save % GAA
Reto Berra 1-1-0 .975 0.85

Projected Lineups

Florida_Panthers.svg VS.  
11 Huberdeau – 27 Bjugstad – 68 Jagr L1 92 Landeskog – 29 MacKinnon – 8 Skille
73 Pirri – 21 Trocheck – 42 Howden L2 45 Everberg – 9 Duchene – 12 Iginla
36 Jokinen – 63 Bolland – 18 Smith L3 40 Tanguay – 34 Soderberg – 14 Comeau
86 Brickley – 17 MacKenzie – 22 Thornton L4 55 McLeod – 7 Mitchell – 25 Grigorenko
51 Campbell – 5 Ekblad D1 32 Beauchemin – 6 Johnson
7 Kulikov – 6 Petrovic D2 2 Holden – 4 Barrie
33 Mitchell – 44 Gudbranson D3 16 Zadorov – 5 Guenin
 1 Luongo G1 20 Berra
 35 Montoya G2 1 Varlamov
 3 Kampfer, 4 Olsen X 46 Gormley, 17 Stuart
 Savard, Hodges, Barkov IR Winchester

Between the Lines

The Panthers enter Tuesday night’s game having just won for the first time in 3 games and it came by the second widest margin of the season. After losing top young forward Aleksander Barkov to a hand injury the game before against the Blackhawks, the Panthers stepped on the gas against the red-hot Dallas Stars to defeat them 6-2. The Panthers got goals from six different goal scorers and from the top three lines including Jaromir Jagr, Nick Bjugstad, Aaron Ekblad, Dave Bolland, Reilly Smith, and Quinton Howden, and Al Montoya was impressive in his second start of the season. The win comes after several disappointing losses in which the Panthers gave incomplete efforts and were in the penalty box several times too many. The newly formed line of Huberdeau, Bjugstad, and Jagr looked good, and Quinton Howden added even more speed to the second line.

The Avalanche are coming off a five-game stretch during which they won just one game. Their last game saw them lose 4-3 to the Blue Jackets who had yet to win in 8 games played and had also fired their head coach in favor of John Tortorella. The Avalanche are at the bottom of the league when it comes to puck possession and scoring chances (118) and they allow an average of 34 shots per 60 minutes of play. Head coach Patrick Roy shuffled up the lines during Monday morning’s practice and one of the changes he made was moving former Panther Jack Skille up to the top line with Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog. Reto Berra will be in net for the Avalanche and he’s only allowed two goals and recorded one shutout in three appearances this season.

Jaromir Jagr has two goals and three points over his last two games, Jonathan Huberdeau is on a three-game point streak with three assists during that time, and Quinton Howden has two goals and three points over is last three games. For the Avalanche, Jarome Iginla has a goal and two assists in his last three games. Defenseman Tyson Barrie will return to the Avalanche lineup after serving a three-game suspension for a high hit on Simon Despres of the Anaheim Ducks.

Pre-Game Reading

Recap: Panthers @ Stars, 10/24/15

Panthers Prospects Update #2: 10/19 – 10/25

Panthers forced to skate forward with Barkov out 3-4 weeks

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Stars on Saturday night for their 8th game of the season and win 6-2. You can find a link to our recap of that game under the “Pre-Game Reading” section above.

The Panthers are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games against the Avalanche and went 1-1-0 in two games last season. The last time the two teams met was on January 15th when the Avalanche won 4-2. Aaron Ekblad and Aleksander Barkov tallied the two Panther goals.

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

Pre-game Tweets


One thought on “Preview: Avalanche @ Panthers, 10/27/15

  1. Many skilled players visiting BB&T this week. Nathan MacKinnon and Jarome Iginla for the Avalanche tonight. The Bruins, here Friday have league scoring co-leader David Krejci on board, then Alexander Ovechkin and the Captials are here Saturday night. Defense and goaltending needs to be on their game…Glad to see Huberdeau getting some points in recent games. A goal should be coming soon.

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