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Panthers' Uvis Balinskis: Summoned from minors
Balinskis was recalled from AHL Charlotte on Sunday.
Balinskis has contributed one goal, one assist, 16 shots on net, 12 blocked shots and 19 hits over 15 NHL appearances this season. He scored a goal in his lone AHL outing during a 5-2 loss to Hershey on Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Carter Verhaeghe: Four points in last two games
Verhaeghe had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Islanders on Saturday.
His goal came on a rebound in the third. Verhaeghe has put up two straight two-point games (two goals, two assists). And he has five points, including three goals, and 17 shots in his last four games. Verhaeghe sits third in Panthers' scoring with 20 points, and second in goals (11). He's behind his 2022-23 pace (42 goals, 73 points), but not by much -- he could deliver 68 points, including 37 goals, if he can keep this up. Verhaeghe is the one that got away from both the Leafs, who drafted him in 2013, and the Lightning, who traded him to their cross-state rival in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Anthony Stolarz: Strong and steady despite loss
Stolarz made 23 saves in a 4-3 loss to the Islanders on Saturday.
The ice was tilted toward Ilya Sorokin at the other end -- he made 42 saves, including 17 in the third. Stolarz was beaten on a power play in the first and then surrendered two goals on rebounds in the second. The fourth was a bang-bang play off a faceoff win and one-timer in the third. Stolarz has been more than steady in the backup role in the Sunshine State, putting up a 3-2-1 record with a 2.34 GAA and a .917 save percentage. In two regulation losses, he has given up eight goals, but in his other four starts, he has surrendered just six goals.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Josh Mahura: Activated Saturday
Mahura (lower body) was activated from injured reserve Saturday, David Dwork of Local 10 Miami reports.
Mahura didn't play Saturday versus the Islanders while remaining on IR, but he should be available for Wednesday's game versus the Stars. If Mahura retakes a place in the lineup, he'll likely play on the third pairing.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Jonah Gadjovich: Suffers upper-body injury
Gadjovich suffered an upper-body injury Thursday and will be out of Saturday's lineup versus the Islanders, per Katie Engleson of Bally Sports Florida.
Steven Lorentz will replace Gadjovich on the fourth line. Gadjovich has one assist and 41 PIM in seven games this season. Consider him day-to-day, as coach Paul Maurice said the injury was minor.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Anthony Stolarz: Guarding goal Saturday
Stolarz will get the home start versus the Islanders on Saturday, according to Katie Engleson of Bally Sports Florida.
This will be Stolarz's fourth start in the last 10 games, as coach Paul Maurice has been showing some faith in the backup netminder. Stolarz has given up only two goals on 67 shots in his last two outings. He has posted a 3-1-1 record this campaign with a 1.99 GAA and a .929 save percentage. The Islanders are one of the weaker teams offensively in 2023-24, ranking 28th with 2.73 goals per game and 24th with 29.3 shots per contest.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Uvis Balinskis: Heads to minors
Balinskis was reassigned to AHL Charlotte on Friday.
Balinskis has a goal and two points in 15 games with Florida this season. The 27-year-old signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Panthers in April after scoring 11 goals and 35 points in 50 contests with Liberec of the Czech League last year.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Carter Verhaeghe: Produces two points in Montreal
Verhaeghe scored a power-play goal and added an even-strength assist in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Canadiens.
After chipping the puck off the boards to Sam Bennett for what proved to be the game-winner just eight seconds into the third period, Verhaeghe found the back of the net himself a little over five minutes later. It's the 28-year-old's fifth multi-point performance in the last 14 games, a stretch in which Verhaeghe has amassed seven goals and 14 points -- including four power-play tallies -- as he slips back into the form that allowed him to erupt for career highs with 42 goals and 73 points in 2022-23.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Evan Rodrigues: Snaps point drought against Habs
Rodrigues scored an even-strength goal and added a power-play assist in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Canadiens.
Both points came in the third period as the Panthers blew open a 1-0 game. Rodrigues had been held off the scoresheet for eight straight games prior to Thursday, his second point drought of at least five games already this season. Still, the streaky winger has four goals and 15 points through 23 contests while supplementing his production with 58 shots on net, 23 hits and a plus-10 rating.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Aleksander Barkov: Two-point effort Thursday
Barkov scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Canadiens.
The game was actually scoreless through the first 20 minutes and change, but Barkov kicked open the floodgates for the Florida offense with an impressive individual effort -- he stole the puck at his own blue line, out-raced Montreal defenders down the ice and then beat Cayden Primeau glove side. Barkov missed a couple games in November with a minor knee issue but has been his usual productive self when on the ice, racking up five goals and 14 points in his last 12 contests.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sergei Bobrovsky: Sharp in 11th win
Bobrovsky stopped 21 shots in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Canadiens.
The veteran netminder nearly posted a second straight shutout, but he couldn't squeeze a Johnny Kovacevic snapshot from the faceoff circle midway through the third period with the Panthers already up 4-0. Bobrovsky allowed more than three goals only once in 11 starts through the month of November, going 8-3-0 with a dazzling 2.11 GAA and .918 save percentage. The two-time Vezina winner appears to be turning back the clock and re-discovering an elite form he hasn't flashed with any consistency since his Columbus days.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Sergei Bobrovsky: Facing Canadiens
Bobrovsky will draw the starting assignment in Montreal on Thursday.
Bobrovsky sat out versus Toronto on Wednesday after starting four straight games. He is 10-6-1 with a 2.49 GAA and .910 save percentage this season. The Canadiens are 27th in NHL scoring, averaging 2.77 goals per game, so this should be a favorable matchup for Bob.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Aaron Ekblad: Nabs first points Tuesday
Ekblad picked up an assist while adding three shots on net, two blocked shots, two hits, two PIM and a plus-1 rating in Tuesday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs.
The point was his first in six games since making his belated season debut following summer shoulder surgery. Ekblad is coming off a disappointing, injury-plagued campaign in which he managed only 38 points in 71 games, but even if he's able to stay healthy for the rest of this season, he could have trouble returning to the near point-per-game pace he produced in 2021-22 without regaining his spot on the top power-play unit from Brandon Montour.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Anthony Stolarz: Tough loss in shootout
Stolarz stopped 31 of 32 shots in regulation and overtime and four of six shootout attempts in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.
The loss was doubly tough to take since it first appeared to be a win -- Evan Rodrigues looked like he'd ended things in the fifth round of the shootout, only for his successful shot to get overturned on replay. Stolarz has taken only one regulation loss on the season. going 3-1-1 with a 1.99 GAA and .929 save percentage, but Sergei Bobrovsky's 2.33 GAA and .915 save percentage over 10 November appearances have kept him firmly in a workhorse role.... See More ... See Less
Panthers' Anthony Stolarz: Starting in Toronto
Stolarz will defend the road goal Tuesday against Toronto, per coach Paul Maurice.
Stolarz will get the second half of Florida's back-to-back after Sergei Bobrovsky played in Monday's 5-0 win over Ottawa. The 29-year-old Stolarz has posted a 3-1-0 record this season with a 2.28 GAA and a .917 save percentage in four previous starts. Toronto is tied for ninth in the league this campaign with 3.42 goals per contest.... See More ... See Less