NHL Preview 10-08-19: Carolina Hurricanes vs Florida Panthers

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7  Carolina Hurricanes  6 + 1.5 (- 250)

8  Florida Panthers   – 127  – 1.5 (+ 207)

The Carolina Hurricanes are off to a 3-0 start for just the second time in franchise history and visit the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night looking for win No. 4.

Carolina has won two of its games in overtime and one in a shootout, overcoming third-period deficits in each contest. The Hurricanes are just the third team in NHL history to start 3-0-0 with each game requiring overtime.

“We’ve got a resilient group,” said standout defenseman Jaccob Slavin, who scored an overtime goal on Sunday night in a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. “It’s a confidence-builder for this group, and we hope to continue on this path.”

Carolina outshot Tampa Bay 16-0 in Sunday’s second period. It was the first time in NHL history that a reigning Presidents Trophy-winner was held without a shot on goal for an entire period.

Third-line center Erik Haula, acquired by Carolina from the Vegas Golden Knights in a 2019 draft-day trade, has scored in each game. He is the first Carolina newcomer ever to accomplish that feat.

He scored a career-high 29 goals in 2017-2018, helping Vegas reach the Stanley Cup Finals but played just 15 games last season due to a knee injury.

Now, the 28-year-old Haula has joined a hungry Carolina team that last season made a surprising run to the Eastern Conference finals.

“You find a way to win,” Haula said after Carolina beat Tampa Bay. “It’s a great start, but there’s a lot of hockey left.”

Last season, Carolina beat the Panthers all three times, including just one that went to overtime. Two of those three games were road wins for Carolina.

The Panthers, however, have fourth-line center Noel Acciari, an agitator who was on the Boston Bruins team that swept Carolina in last season’s Eastern Conference finals.

So far this season, Acciari has one goal in two games as the Panthers split a home-and-home matchup with Tampa Bay.

Florida’s big hero so far has been winger Mike Hoffman, who has four goals in two games, including a hat trick in Saturday’s 4-3 win. Hoffman, an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, scored a career-high 36 goals in 2018-2019.

“Our power play was nice to get going,” said Hoffman, who scored twice with the man advantage on Saturday night. “You lick your chops when you get those opportunities.”

With Hoffman, star center Aleksander Barkov, goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and the rest of the Florida core, the Panthers are hoping to do this season what Carolina accomplished in 2018-2019, when it ended a nine-year playoff drought.

The Hurricanes caught fire in January and got branded by broadcaster Don Cherry as a “Bunch of Jerks,” a derisive label that they used to their own advantage, bonding the Hurricanes.

Virtually the entire Hurricanes team from last season has returned, with the addition of Haula and third-line winger Ryan Dzingel, who was acquired as a free agent in July.

The Panthers, who have missed the playoffs in three straight seasons, made a much bigger splash this past summer, signing Bobrovsky as well as Acciari, former Washington Capitals winger Brett Connolly and ex-Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman.

But perhaps the biggest Panthers addition was coach Joel Quenneville, who gives Florida instant credibility due to the three Stanley Cup rings he won with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Quenneville is already hard at work attempting to redefine Panthers’ culture.

“We want to make sure we play well at home,” Quenneville said. “It should be a tough two points for teams coming in here.”

Florida Panthers: Media Notes

Panthers 4, Lightning 3 – Oct. 5 – BB&T Center
FLA Goals: Hoffman (2-PPG), Hoffman (3-PPG), Acciari (1), Hoffman (4)
TBL Goals: Smith (1), Stamkos (1), Joseph (1)
FLA Goalie: Bobrovsky (W) – 32 Saves
TBL Goalie: Vasilevskiy (L) – 24 Saves
FLA Shots: 28
TBL Shots: 35

Notes: Mike Hoffman scored his second-career hat trick, including the GWG at :17 of the third period…Anton Stralman played in his 750th NHL game…Aaron Ekblad led all skaters with 25:44 TOI…Noel Acciari led all skaters with 5 hits…FLA PP: 2-3, PK: 1-1

Man Games Lost: None

– Sept. 29: F Anthony Greco, F Owen Tippett, F Dominic Toninato, D Riley Stillman loaned to Springfield (AHL)

ALL-TIME vs. CAR: 49-48-11-13
ALL-TIME HOME vs. CAR: 31-13-8-9
STREAKS: FLA is winless in its last three games vs CAR (0-2-1)
2018-19 vs. CAR: 0-2-1
LAST WIN vs. CAR: April 2, 2018 (3-2 W)
(all-time records include Hartford 1993-94 to 1996-97)

Joel Quenneville enters his first season as head coach of the Florida Panthers. He owns an 891-533-77-137 career record as a head coach in the NHL, and his 891 regular season wins are the second most in NHL history. Quenneville is a four-time Stanley Cup champion, with three championships won as a head coach. With over 20 years of NHL head coaching experience with STL (1996-97 to 2003-04), COL (2005-06 to 2007-08) and CHI (2008-09 to 2018-19). In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the native of Windsor, Ontario, has amassed a 118-97 record over 215 postseason contests as head coach. Quenneville guided the team that Dale Tallon helped construct in Chicago to Stanley Cup victories in 2010, 2013 and 2015 during a historic 10-year run with the Blackhawks and is one of only 11 head coaches in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup on three occasions. Quenneville notched his first win as head coach of FLA in its home opener, a 4-3 victory vs TBL on Oct. 5.

Two-time Vezina Trophy recipient (2012-13 and 2016-17) Sergei Bobrovsky enters his first season with FLA, his 10th NHL season overall. Bobrovsky posted his second consecutive 37-win season in 2018-19, going 37-24-0. He had a career-best nine shutouts, which led the NHL. He also notched six wins in 10 NHL playoff games and owned a .925 save percentage. Since 2016-17, Bobrovsky is tied for second in the NHL in save percentage (.922), tied for third in goals-against average (2.35), and has started the second-most games (189). The Novokuznetsk, Russia, native posted his first win as a Panther in the home opener Oct. 5, stopping 32 of 35 shots vs. TBL.

Tonight, Keith Yandle, the NHL’s current “Iron Man” streak holder, is expected to play in his 800th consecutive NHL game, the first US-born player to  each that mark and only the fifth player all-time. Yandle registered his first pointof the season Oct. 5 vs TBL, assisting on Mike Hoffman’s first PPG. Florida’s representative at the 2019 NHL All-Star Game, Yandle set the franchise record for single-season points (62) and assists (53) by a defenseman and single-season power-play points (39) in 2018-19. His 62 points were fifth-most among all NHL defensemen, and his 31 power-play points were third-most.

Most Consecutive Games Played, NHL History
1. Doug Jarvis (964) — (10/8/75-10/10/87)
2. Garry Unger (914) — (2/24/68-12/21/79)
3. Steve Larmer (884) — (10/6/82-4/15/93)
4. Andrew Cogliano (830) — (10/4/07-1/13/18)
5. Keith Yandle* (799) — (3/26/09-present)
*active streak

Mike Hoffman scored FLA’s first goal of the regular season Oct. 3 at TBL, and then posted the first home-opener hat trick in franchise history on Oct. 5 vs TBL, including the game-winner. Hoffman’s hat trick is the first for FLA since Feb. 17 vs MTL (Barkov). He is currently tied for third-most goals in the NHL (4) and tied for first in power-play goals (2) with six other players. He led the Panthers in goals (36) and power-play goals (17) in 2018-19, both of which were career-bests, becoming the highest-scoring first-year Panther in franchise history. His 70 points were tied for third-highest on the team with Evgenii Dadonov, behind Barkov (96) and Huberdeau (92). He also set the franchise record for consecutive games with a point, notching 20 points over 17 straight games from Oct. 13-Nov 21.

In 2018-19, Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov broke Pavel Bure’s 19-year-standing franchise single-season points record (94, 1999-00) by posting 96 points (35-61-96). Barkov set career-bests in power-play goals (13) and power-play points (31). He was also the recipient of the 2018-19 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, becoming the youngest European winner in NHL history. The 23-year-old native of Tampere, Finland, led Florida in multi-goal games (7) and face-off win percentage (53.7%), and ranked second in the NHL in takeaways (100). Barkov registered his first point of the season Oct. 5 vs TBL, assisting on Mike Hoffman’s second PPG.

Jonathan Huberdeau enters his eighth season with Florida after a record-breaking 2018-19 campaign. He set the franchise-record for single-season assists (62) and had personal bests in goals (30), assists, points (92), powerplay goals (11), and powerplay points (37). Huberdeau is only the fourth-ever Panther to post a 90-point season, along with Aleksander Barkov, Pavel Bure, and Olli Jokinen. The Saint-Jerome, Quebec, native assisted both of Hoffman’s PPGs Oct. 5 vs TBL.

Anton Stralman posted 17 points (2-15-17) in 47 games with TBL in 2018-19. The veteran defenseman has appeared in two separate Stanley Cup Finals, in 2013-14 with NYR and in 2014-15 with TBL. The 33-year-old native of Tibro, Sweden, had the third-highest average time-on-ice (20:31) among Lightning defensemen last season.

Brett Connolly enters his first season with Florida, his ninth NHL season overall. Over two games with FLA, has registered two assists. Connolly won a Stanley Cup with WSH in 2017-18, posting nine points (6-3-9) in 24 playoff games. He posted career-bests in goals (22), assists (24), and points (46) in 2018-19 with WSH, and scored the third-most even-strength goals on the Capitals (21). He was fifth on WSH in shooting percentage (15.8%). In seven playoff games, Connolly scored two goals.

Noel Acciari scored his first goal as a Panther Oct. 5 vs TBL and currently leads the Cats with 6 hits. Acciari posted a career-best in points (14) in 2018-19 with Boston, notching six goals and eight assists. His 221 hits led the Bruins and ranked 12th in the NHL. The 27-year old native of Johnston, R.I., also appeared in 19 playoff games en route to a Stanley Cup Final appearance with Boston, posting four points (2-2-4).

Aaron Ekblad finished the 2018-19 season tied for first in the NHL in most shifts per-game (30.1) and led Florida with 1,989:49 total TOI. He also registered his fifth straight 10-plus goal season and notched 37 points (13-24-37) in 82 games. The Windsor, Ontario native registered an assist in both of FLA’s games this season, leading all skaters in TOI in each (24:47 avg.).

Vincent Trocheck became the first player in Panthers franchise history to score a SHG in a season opening game Oct. 3 at TBL, also adding an assist on Mike Hoffman’s goal. He missed 27 games in 2018-19 due to injury, registering 34 points (10-24-34) in 55 games. Since 2016-17, Trocheck is third on the Panthers in goals (64) and points (163) and is fourth in assists (99).

Finishing the season with a franchise-best 26.8 power play percentage, the Cats were lethal on the man advantage in 2018-19. Ranking second in the NHL in power play success rate, the Panthers had four players who notched at least 30 power-play points (Yandle, Hoffman, Huberdeau, Barkov) and three who tallied 10 or more goals on the power play (Hoffman, Barkov, Huberdeau). Each of those feats marked franchise firsts, while Keith Yandle’s 39 power-play points led all NHL defensemen, stood at third in the NHL and set a single-season Panthers record. This season, FLA ranks tied for eighth in PP% (28.6 w/ MIN), with Hoffman having scored both of FLA’s PPGs Oct. 5 vs TBL.

The Florida Panthers completed the 2018-19 season with a franchise record 264 goals, scoring 10 goals better than the previous record holders, the 1995-96 Panthers. Averaging a franchise-best 3.22 goals per game average, the Cats were led by five players who scored 20 (Hoffman, Barkov, Huberdeau, Dadonov, Vatrano) or more goals and for the first time in franchise history three players who reached the 30-goal mark (Hoffman, Barkov, Huberdeau).
2018-19 Panthers 20+ Goal Scorers
1. Mike Hoffman – 36
2. Aleksander Barkov – 35
3. Jonathan Huberdeau – 30
4. Evgenii Dadonov – 28
5. Frank Vatrano – 24

Keith Yandle…1 game away…800 consecutive NHL games
Anton Stralman…5 assists away…200th NHL assist
Keith Yandle…6 goals away…100th NHL goal
Aaron Ekblad…7 games away…400th NHL game
Joel Quenneville…9 wins away…900 wins as NHL Head Coach

Carolina Hurricanes: Media Notes

The Hurricanes erased a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in overtime on Sunday at PNC Arena. Brett Pesce scored his first goal of the season, while Erik Haula scored a goal for the third straight game. Dougie Hamilton (1g, 1a) and Andrei Svechnikov (2a) each posted multi-point games, and Teuvo Teravainen extended his assist streak to three games (10/3-10/6: 3a). Jaccob Slavin scored his second career overtime goal to seal the victory, and Petr Mrazek made 10 saves in the win. Carolina outshot Tampa Bay 44-13, including 39-12 at even strength. After allowing 11 shots on goal in the first period, the Hurricanes held the Lightning to a total of two shots on goal throughout the second period, third period and overtime.

Trevor van Riemsdyk, shoulder, missed three games (10/3-10/6)
2019-20 Man-Games Lost Due to Injury: 3

Oct. 3 Assigned Max McCormick to Charlotte (AHL).
Oct. 1 Assigned Clark Bishop, Anton Forsberg, Gustav Forsling, Julien Gauthier, Brian Gibbons and Roland McKeown to Charlotte (AHL) and placed Trevor van Riemsdyk and Max McCormick on non-roster injured reserve.
Sept. 29 Assigned Chase Priskie to Charlotte (AHL).

Erik Haula has scored a goal in three consecutive games (10/3-10/6: 3g)
Teuvo Teravainen has recorded an assist in three consecutive games (10/3-10/6: 3a)
Jaccob Slavin has scored a goal in two consecutive games (10/5-10/6: 2g)
Andrei Svechnikov has recorded assists in two consecutive games (10/5-10/6: 4a)

Sebastian Aho is three points shy of 200 career NHL/Hurricanes points
Jordan Staal is four goals shy of 100 career Hurricanes goals
Jordan Staal is four games played shy of 900 career NHL games

James Reimer made his Hurricanes debut at WSH (10/5)
James Reimer earned his first Hurricanes win at WSH (10/5)
Ryan Dzingel made his Hurricanes debut vs. MTL (10/3)
Ryan Dzingel recorded his first career Hurricanes point (assist) vs. MTL (10/3)
Joel Edmundson made his Hurricanes debut vs. MTL (10/3)
Jake Gardiner made his Hurricanes debut vs. MTL (10/3)
Erik Haula made his Hurricanes debut vs. MTL (10/3)
Erik Haula recorded his first career Hurricanes point (goal) vs. MTL (10/3)

— Carolina and Florida are meeting for the first of three matchups this season. The Panthers will make a pair of visits to PNC Arena on 11/23 and 12/21.
— The Hurricanes won the season series 3-0-0 in 2018-19 and own a 7-1-1 record in their last nine games in the series.
— The two teams are meeting for the 122nd time in their histories, with Carolina holding a 61-43-11-6 record against Florida, including a 22-27-8-4 road record. The Hurricanes have earned more overtime wins against the Panthers (15) than any other opponent in franchise history.
— The Hurricanes won the first meeting of 2018-19 by a score of 4-1 at PNC Arena (11/23). Jordan Martinook recorded his first career hat trick in the win, while Lucas Wallmark posted his first career three-assist game and Andrei Svechnikov tallied two assists. Curtis McElhinney made 34 saves to earn the win, while Teuvo Teravainen skated in his 300th career NHL game.
— Carolina recorded a 4-3 win at BB&T Center (2/21) after trailing 3-2 entering the third period. Justin Williams scored a pair of goals and added an assist, while Nino Niederreiter (1g, 1a) and Teuvo Teravainen (2a) each posted multi-point games. Petr Mrazek made 27 saves to earn the win.
— The Hurricanes completed the season sweep with a 4-3 overtime win in Sunrise on 3/2. Sebastian Aho scored the overtime winner, becoming the first player in franchise history to score the game-winning goal in three consecutive games. Petr Mrazek made 31 saves for Carolina to earn the win.
— Dougie Hamilton has posted 11 points (5g, 6a) in 18 career games against the Panthers.
— The Hurricanes acquired James Reimer from the Panthers on 6/30 in exchange for Scott Darling and a sixth-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft. Reimer appeared in 123 games for Florida from 2016-19, registering a 53-42-16 record, 2.85 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and seven shutouts.
— Florida Head Coach Joel Quenneville played 457 regular season games as a defenseman for Hartford from 1983-90, tallying 95
points (25g, 70a). He also added seven assists in 26 career playoff games for the Whalers. Quenneville ranks seventh in franchise
history in games played by a defenseman. He also earned a 29-38-13 record as head coach of the Springfield Indians, then-Hartford’s
AHL affiliate, during the 1993-94 season.
— Panthers Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Chris Pronger was selected second overall by the Whalers in the 1993 NHL Draft. Pronger played 124 games over two seasons with the Whalers from 1993-95, registering 44 points (10g, 34a). He was traded to STL on 7/27/95 in exchange for Brendan Shanahan.

Rod Brind’Amour enters tonight’s game with a 49-29-7 record through 85 games as head coach of the Hurricanes. Brind’Amour already became the fastest head coach in franchise history to 20, 30 and 40 wins, and he looks to become the fastest to 50 wins.

Games needed to reach 50 wins as head coach, franchise history:
Rod Brind’Amour – 49 wins through 85 games
Peter Laviolette – 96 games
Rick Ley – 109 games
Kirk Muller – 121 games
Paul Maurice – 122 games
Bill Peters – 127 games
Jack Evans – 149 games
Paul Holmgren – 150 games
Larry Pleau – 156 games

Carolina has won each of their first three games in extra time, with a shootout win and two overtime wins. They have become the third team in NHL history to win each of their first three games in a season in extra time, joining WSH (2011-12) and VAN (2016-17). Jake Gardiner scored the overtime winner at WSH (10/5), while Jaccob Slavin scored in overtime vs. TBL (10/6), marking the first time in franchise history that Hurricanes/Whalers defensemen scored overtime goals in consecutive regular season games. Carolina has won three straight regular season games in extra time for the first time in franchise history, and the Hurricanes have gone to overtime in each of their first three regular season games for the first time in franchise history. Carolina is 3-0-0 for the second time in franchise history (1995-96).

The Hurricanes have trailed entering the third period during each of their three wins this season, after posting a 3-20-3 record when trailing after two periods last season. The three teams Carolina came back to beat (MTL, WSH, TBL) posted a combined record of 79- 13-7 when leading after two periods in 2018-19. Per NHL Stats, the Hurricanes are the 13th team in NHL history to overcome a deficit to win each of their first three games. The last teams to accomplish the feat were TBL and VAN, both in 2016-17. The only teams to go to overtime in each of their first four regular season games were LAK (1988-89) and NSH (2005-06).

Erik Haula scored a power-play goal vs. TBL (10/6) to become the sixth player in franchise history to score a goal in each of the team’s first three regular season games. Of those six players, Haula is the first to accomplish the feat in his first season with the club.

Longest season-opening goal streaks, franchise history:
Kevin Dineen (1990-91) – 5 games (5g, 2a)
Eric Staal (2005-06) – 4 games (5g, 3a)
Ron Francis (1989-90) – 3 games (5g, 4a)
Blaine Stoughton (1981-82) – 3 games (4g, 1a)
Rod Brind’Amour (2002-03) – 3 games (3g, 1a)
Erik Haula (2019-20) – 3 games (3g)

Carolina outshot Tampa Bay 44-13 in their 4-3 overtime win on 10/6. After outshooting the Lightning 17-11 in the first period, the Hurricanes posted a 27-2 shot advantage over the remainder of the game. Tampa Bay was held without a shot in the second period, marking the first time Carolina held an opponent to zero shots in a period since the third period of a 3-1 loss at COL on 2/3/04. Per NHL Stats, the Hurricanes are the first team in NHL history to hold a reigning President’s Trophy winner to no shots in a period during the ensuing regular season.

Dougie Hamilton tallied two points (1g, 1a) in the Hurricanes 4-3 overtime win vs. TBL (10/6), with both points coming on the man advantage. Hamilton has now recorded three power-play points (1g, 2a) this season in 9:41 of power-play ice time after posting seven power-play points (2g, 5a) in 152:42 of power-play ice time in 2018-19. Hamilton also registered three shots in Sunday’s win to extend his streak to 250 consecutive games with at least one shot on goal.

The Hurricanes have scored on the power play in each of their first three games to open the season for the seventh time in franchise history and first since 1997-98. Carolina’s four power-play goals are tied for the league lead, while Dougie Hamilton (1g, 2a) and Teuvo Teravainen (3a) are tied for the league lead in power-play points.

Andrei Svechnikov posted back-to-back two-assist games at WSH (10/5) and vs. TBL (10/6) for the first back-to-back multi-point games of his NHL career. He has now recorded four assists through three games after needing 18 games to reach four assists during his rookie campaign in 2018-19.