Preview: Panthers @ Sharks, 11/5/15

11/5/15 – 10:30 PM ET 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Panthers (5-4-3) 0
@ Sharks (6-6-0) 0

At A Glance

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 6 4 10
2. Vincent Trocheck 4 5 9
3. Nick Bjugstad 4 4 8
4. Reilly Smith 4 3 7
5. Jussi Jokinen 3 4 7

San Jose Sharks

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Joe Pavelski 8 4 12
2. Joel Ward 7 4 11
3. Patrick Marleau 3 5 8
4. Brent Burns 3 5 8
5. Joe Thornton 2 6 8

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Al Montoya 2-0-1 .941 1.63

San Jose Sharks

Name Record Save % GAA
Alex Stalock 0-2-0 .847 3.94

Projected Lineups

Florida_Panthers.svg VS SanJoseSharksLogo.svg
11 Huberdeau – 27 Bjugstad – 68 Jagr L1 27 Donskoi – 19 Thornton – 8 Pavelski
36 Jokinen – 21 Trocheck – 18 Smith L2 12 Marleau – 48 Hertl – 42 Ward
73 Pirri – 63 Bolland – 23 Grimaldi L3 83 Nieto – 38 Haley – 11 Lerg
 28 Wilson – 17 MacKenzie – 42 Howden L4 82 Goldobin – 50 Tierney – 57 Wingels
51 Campbell – 5 Ekblad D1 44 Vlasic – 61 Braun
Kulikov – 6 Petrovic D2 7 Martin – 88 Burns
33 Mitchell – 44 Gudbranson D3 4 Dillon – 80 Tennyson
1 Luongo G1 31 Jones
35 Montoya G2 30 Stalock
Kampfer, Wilson X  Stollery, Brown, Smith
 Barkov, Savard, Hodges IR Couture

Between the Lines

The Panthers enter Thursday night’s game against the San Jose Sharks having lost 3-2 to the Ducks in a shootout last night. The Panthers opened the scoring in the 2nd period thanks to Orange County-native Rocco Grimaldi. The Ducks would score shortly after, but Erik Gudbranson gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead late in the period. Anaheim dominated the 3rd and a late no-call on the Ducks coupled with a tough penalty on the Panthers seconds later opened the door for the them to tie the game with 5 seconds left in the 3rd despite a stellar game by Roberto Luongo. Overtime saw the Panthers come incredibly close several times including on a 2-on-0 rush which Frederik Andersen robbed Reilly Smith on. In the shootout, the Panthers got a goal from Brandon Pirri, but no one else was able to connect with the back of the net and the Ducks were able to finish things off for the win.

The San Jose Sharks are coming off a 5-2 loss at the hands of the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets. The Sharks allowed 3 goals in the second period and that would be all she wrote as they’d be unable to mount any sort of comeback in the 3rd. Captain Joe Pavelski scored both goals for the Sharks. They were forced to pull Martin Jones after he allowed 4 goals on 21 shots and backup Alex Stalock made 2 saves on 2 shots over the final 20 minutes. The Panthers will face Joonas Donskoi, whom the Panther drafted back in the 4th round of the 2010 Draft, for the first time since deciding to not sign with the Panthers. The 23-year-old winger became a free agent and inked a deal with the Sharks after a couple of strong seasons in the top Finnish men’s league, and he currently has 2 points in his first 7 NHL games.

Joe Pavelski of the Sharks is currently on a 5-game goal streak with 6 scored during that period, so shutting him down will be key for the Panthers. Joel Ward has two goals and an assist over his past three games. The Sharks will be without one of their top offensive players in Logan Couture after fracturing his right fibula during a team practice in mid-October.

Pre-Game Reading

Recap: Panthers @ Ducks, 11/4/15

Panthers Prospect Update #3: 10/26 – 11/1

Panthers recall Garrett Wilson from the Portland Pirates

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Ducks on Saturday night for their 12th game and lost 3-2 in the shootout.  You can find a link to our recap of that game under the “Pre-Game Reading” section above.

The Panthers are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games against the Sharks and won both games last season. The last time the two teams met was on November 20th when the Panthers won 3-2 in a shootout with Nick Bjugstad tallying the decisive goal on goaltender Antti Niemi.

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

Stay tuned.

Pre-game Tweets


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