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SUNRISE (CBSMiami/SportsDirect) – One of many groups the Florida Panthers are hoping to catch within the Atlantic Division is coming into their barn to start the submit-All-Star Recreation portion of the season.
The Ottawa Senators look to proceed solidifying their spot within the Japanese Convention playoffs once they start a 3-recreation street journey towards the Panthers on Tuesday.
The Senators maintain down second place within the Atlantic after gaining factors in six straight video games (four-zero-2) as goaltender Mike Condon backed up a a lot-improved protection.
Ottawa completed twenty sixth within the league in objectives-towards per recreation final season and is twelfth in 2016-17 whereas shifting up from twenty ninth to twelfth in penalty killing with first-yr coach Man Boucher.
The Panthers are nonetheless looking for the shape that led them to the division title in 2015-sixteen, however are hanging within the race for the postseason with factors in 19 of their final 28 contests (10-9-9).
With first-line forwards Jonathan Huberdeau (Achilles) and Aleksander Barkov (again) out, All-Star middle Vincent Trocheck stepped up with a staff-main 34 factors for Florida – 12 within the final 9 video games.
“He’s an unbelievable competitor,” Panthers coach Tom Rowe advised the Miami Herald. “I’ve recognized him an terrible very long time and he doesn’t take a backseat to anybody on the market. Vinnie is actually one of many leaders on the staff now and when he exhibits as much as play the best way he does each night time, it’s contagious.”
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ABOUT THE SENATORS (26-15-6): Condon boasts a 14-7-5 document with a 2.forty objectives-towards common and .917 save proportion since being acquired from Pittsburgh to help No. 1 goalie Craig Anderson, who has missed a number of time to be together with his spouse Nicholle, who’s battling throat most cancers.
Ottawa’s offense additionally picked up with 4 gamers sporting at the very least 33 factors, together with defenseman Erik Karlsson (workforce-main 39).
Left wing Mike Hoffman (35 factors) has been purple scorching of late with seven objectives within the final eight video games whereas Mark Stone (35) and Kyle Turris (33) have additionally contributed.
ABOUT THE PANTHERS (21-19-10): Florida received a lift from the return of ahead Nick Bjugstad and defenseman Alex Petrovic from the injured listing Thursday and pulled out a 2-1 additional time victory over rival Tampa Bay.
Jonathan Marchessault is the opposite key participant that stepped up within the absence of Huberdeau and Barkov with 31 factors and has a minimum of one in 4 consecutive…