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Florida Panthers vs. Carolina Hurricanes Pick & Prediction APR 8TH 2021

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Florida Panthers vs. Carolina Hurricanes Recap APR 8TH 2021

Chris Driedger, making just his third NHL start, stopped 42 shots to lead the Florida Panthers to a 4-2 win over the Carolina Panthers on Saturday night in Raleigh, N.C.

It was Florida's first win in Carolina since Dec. 18, 2015. Panthers winger Noel Acciari, coming off two straight hat tricks, scored one goal on Saturday and has 12 for the season.

Evgenii Dadonov, Brian Boyle and Jonathan Huberdeau also scored for the Panthers, who won their third straight game. Huberdeau, who also had an assist, tied Pavel Bure's franchise record with 10 points in three games.

Driedger, who had sat for seven straight games behind veteran Sergei Bobrovsky, improved his record as a starter to 2-1-0.

Carolina, which had its three-game win streak snapped, got goals from Nino Niederreiter and Lucas Wallmark. Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek made 18 saves.

Florida opened the scoring with 7:07 gone in the first period. Boyle's lead pass created a breakaway for Dadonov, who shot the puck in over Mrazek's stick.

A penalty on Carolina's Andrei Svechnikov for high-sticking Huberdeau gave the Panthers an opportunity, and they cashed in for a 2-0 lead. Aaron Ekblad, from just a few feet inside the blue line, fired a shot on goal that was deflected in by Boyle with 11:34 gone in the second.

Huberdeau scored just 26 seconds into the third period on a power play that carried over from the second. Several Hurricanes went to dig the puck out of a scrum behind Carolina's net, leaving Huberdeau alone in the low slot. Aleksander Barkov won that battle, earning the primary assist.

The Hurricanes got on the board with 10:44 left in the third, as Teuvo Teravainen hit a virtually open net on a rebound of Dougie Hamilton's shot, with the puck hitting Niederreiter's stick on the way in.

Acciari's breakaway goal off of Huberdeau's lead pass just 85 seconds later gave Florida a 4-1 lead.

Wallmark's power-play goal with 7:01 left cut Carolina's deficit to 4-2, but its comeback fell short.

--Field Level Media

Sebastian Aho. Vincent Trocheck and Martin Necas scored goals and Alex Nedeljkovic posted a 24-save shutout as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Florida Panthers 3-0 on Thursday night in Raleigh, N.C.

Nedeljkovic has three shutouts in his 20-game NHL career, all of them coming in his past 12 appearances. Necas and Trocheck each finished with two points.

Chris Driedger stopped 19 shots for Florida.

The Panthers were shut out for the third time this season, each by a 3-0 score -- to the Dallas Stars, Chicago Blackhawks and now Carolina.

By sweeping a two-game set this week, Carolina moved in front of Florida and Tampa Bay to claim first place in the Central Division. The Panthers and Lightning each have 56 points, one point before the Hurricanes' total.

The Hurricanes are 5-0-1 this season against the Panthers.

Trocheck, who was traded from Florida to the Hurricanes in February 2020, has one goal in each of the team's six games this season against the Panthers.

Carolina scored once in each period.

The Hurricanes scored just seven seconds into a first-period power play, winning the faceoff before Aho delivered the shot off a pass from Trocheck at 14:31. Aho has 300 career points in 349 games.

With the puck fluttering above the net in the second period, Florida center Eetu Luostarinen reached out to glove it. However, Carolina's Nino Niederreiter appeared to bat Luostarinen's arm, and the puck scraped off Driedger's back and into the net. Trocheck was credited with the goal.

Trocheck has a 12-game points streak (seven goals, 10 assists).

The Hurricanes had only six shots on goal in the third period, but one was Necas' empty-net tally with 52 seconds remaining.

Florida was 0-for-4 on power plays while Carolina was 1-for-4.

The Hurricanes are 3-1-0 midway through a season-high, eight-game homestand.

Florida has gone consecutive games with regulation losses against the same opponent for just the second time this season, having fallen twice at Chicago in late March.

--Field Level Media

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Last 10

W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • Columbus W 1 - 5
  • Columbus W 2 - 4
  • @Tampa Bay W 5 - 3
  • @Tampa Bay L 2 - 3
  • @Dallas W 3 - 2
  • @Dallas L 1 - 4
  • @Carolina L 0 - 3
  • @Carolina L 2 - 5
  • Columbus W 0 - 3
  • Columbus W 2 - 5
W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Tampa Bay W 4 - 1
  • @Tampa Bay L 2 - 3
  • Nashville W 1 - 3
  • Nashville W 1 - 4
  • Detroit L 3 - 1
  • Detroit L 5 - 4
  • Florida W 0 - 3
  • Florida W 2 - 5
  • Dallas W 0 - 1
  • Dallas L 3 - 2

Next Games

  • Carolina(03-01-21) L 3 - 2
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  • @Nashville(03-06-21) W 6 - 2
  • @Nashville(03-06-21) W 6 - 2
  • @Chicago(03-25-21) L 0 - 3
  • @Florida(03-01-21) W 3 - 2
  • @Florida(03-01-21) W 3 - 2
  • @Dallas(02-13-21) W 4 - 3
  • @Dallas(02-13-21) W 4 - 3
  • Detroit(04-12-21) L 3 - 1

Last Meetings

  • Panthers @ Hurricanes 0-3
  • Panthers @ Hurricanes 2-5
  • Panthers @ Hurricanes 2-4
  • Hurricanes @ Panthers 3-2
  • Hurricanes @ Panthers 4-3
  • Panthers @ Hurricanes 4-3
  • Panthers @ Hurricanes 0-0
  • Panthers @ Hurricanes 0-0
  • Panthers @ Hurricanes 4-2
  • Panthers @ Hurricanes 2-4

Eastern Conference

Florida Panthers3012363 16-0-414-0-8152126L16-0-3
Tampa Bay Lightning3014161 17-0-613-0-8153121L15-0-5
Toronto Maple Leafs2812561 14-0-714-0-5147120L46-0-2
Boston Bruins2612456 14-0-612-0-6127110L27-0-2
Montreal Canadiens1915644 10-0-109-0-5126123L23-0-7
Detroit Red Wings1625537 10-0-106-0-15107153L34-0-4
Ottawa Senators1626335 9-0-107-0-16126166L14-0-6
Buffalo Sabres1227428 5-0-157-0-12111156L15-0-4

Western Conference

Colorado Avalanche309363 18-0-412-0-5154101L19-0-1
Minnesota Wild2813258 17-0-411-0-9137117L27-0-2
Winnipeg Jets2715155 11-0-716-0-8144120L16-0-3
Nashville Predators2521151 14-0-911-0-12126132L26-0-4
Chicago Blackhawks2120345 11-0-810-0-12129144L15-0-5
Dallas Stars1914644 12-0-67-0-8130113L26-0-2
St. Louis Blues1918442 7-0-1012-0-8124135L23-0-6

Eastern Conference

Carolina Hurricanes3010363 16-0-314-0-7146108L16-0-2
Washington Capitals2913260 14-0-615-0-7163141L16-0-4
New York Islanders2913361 19-0-210-0-11133106L27-0-3
Pittsburgh Penguins2914260 17-0-312-0-11159132L16-0-3
New York Rangers2317450 11-0-712-0-10152124L16-0-2
Philadelphia Flyers2018343 9-0-1011-0-8128162L23-0-4
Columbus Blue Jackets1524636 8-0-87-0-16117163L71-0-8
New Jersey Devils1425230 4-0-1710-0-8115157L71-0-9

Western Conference

Vegas Golden Knights3211064 17-0-415-0-7150100L18-0-2
Edmonton Oilers2715256 14-0-813-0-7141121L16-0-2
Arizona Coyotes2021343 11-0-99-0-12123146L14-0-6
Calgary Flames1923240 10-0-109-0-13118133L24-0-6
San Jose Sharks1822238 8-0-1010-0-12120152L63-0-6
Vancouver Canucks1718236 10-0-97-0-9103122L36-0-3
Los Angeles Kings1620537 7-0-99-0-11114127L23-0-7
Anaheim Ducks1425533 5-0-169-0-9103147L23-0-6

Last Injuries

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Brady Skjei

    Upper Body
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Skjei was lifted from the previous game with an upper-body injury, leaving his availability for Thursday's matchup with the Panthers up in the air.

  • Brock McGinn

    Upper Body
    Late April | out

    McGinn is sidelined due to an upper-body injury, and he is unlikely to return until the end of April.

Florida Panthers

  • MacKenzie Weegar

    Upper Body
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Weegar has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury, and it is unclear if he will participate in Thursday's clash with the Hurricanes.

  • Noel Acciari

    Upper Body
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Acciari has sat out the last three games due to an upper-body injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be available for Thursday's tilt with the Hurricanes.

  • Patric Hornqvist

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Hornqvist missed the previous game due to an unspecified injury, and it is undetermined if he will line up against the Hurricanes on Thursday.

  • Carter Verhaeghe

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | out

    Verhaeghe is sidelined with an upper-body injury, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Anthony Duclair

    Prob Tues | I-R

    Duclair has been added to the injured reserve list due to a shoulder injury, but is is anticipated that he will return to the ice against the Stars on Tuesday.

  • Aaron Ekblad

    out for season | I-R

    Ekblad is on the injured reserve with a left leg injury, and he will miss the remainder of the season.