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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 70% L 30%
7 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
  • Detroit W 2 - 3
  • Detroit W 1 - 4
  • @Dallas W 4 - 1
  • @Dallas W 4 - 3
W 60% L 40%
6 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
  • @Chicago W 4 - 3
  • @Chicago L 1 - 2
  • Tampa Bay W 3 - 4
  • @Columbus W 4 - 3

Next Games

  • @Tampa Bay(03-21-21) L 3 - 5
  • @Tampa Bay(03-21-21) L 3 - 5
  • Columbus(04-04-21) W 0 - 3
  • Columbus(04-04-21) W 0 - 3
  • Carolina(03-01-21) L 3 - 2
  • Nashville(03-11-21) W 1 - 5
  • Nashville(03-11-21) W 1 - 5
  • @Tampa Bay(02-25-21) L 1 - 3
  • @Tampa Bay(02-25-21) L 1 - 3
  • @Florida(03-01-21) W 3 - 2

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

Toronto Maple Leafs2811460 14-0-614-0-5143112L27-0-1
Tampa Bay Lightning2812157 15-0-413-0-8143108L14-0-6
Florida Panthers2712256 14-0-413-0-8136117L37-0-3
Boston Bruins2212448 11-0-611-0-6112106L25-0-4
Montreal Canadiens1813642 9-0-99-0-4123114L15-0-5
Detroit Red Wings1523535 9-0-96-0-1499140L25-0-3
Ottawa Senators1426331 9-0-105-0-16118164L13-0-6
Buffalo Sabres1025424 4-0-136-0-12100147L14-0-3

Western Conference

Colorado Avalanche309363 18-0-412-0-5154101L19-0-1
Winnipeg Jets2614153 11-0-615-0-8139115L16-0-3
Minnesota Wild2513252 15-0-410-0-9124111L25-0-3
Nashville Predators2419149 13-0-911-0-10119123L18-0-2
Chicago Blackhawks2018343 11-0-89-0-10122135L15-0-5
St. Louis Blues1917442 7-0-1012-0-7122132L13-0-6
Dallas Stars1514636 8-0-67-0-8113107L24-0-3

Eastern Conference

Washington Capitals2811258 14-0-514-0-6152127L26-0-4
Carolina Hurricanes2710256 14-0-313-0-7133102L26-0-3
New York Islanders2711357 18-0-29-0-912598L17-0-3
Pittsburgh Penguins2713256 16-0-311-0-10146118L28-0-2
New York Rangers2016444 9-0-711-0-9136112L15-0-3
Philadelphia Flyers1917240 9-0-910-0-8123154L24-0-4
Columbus Blue Jackets1520636 8-0-87-0-12112145L32-0-7
New Jersey Devils1421230 4-0-1610-0-5103135L32-0-6

Western Conference

Vegas Golden Knights2911058 16-0-413-0-713896L16-0-3
Edmonton Oilers2515252 13-0-812-0-7134120L16-0-2
Arizona Coyotes1920341 10-0-89-0-12118139L54-0-6
Calgary Flames1921240 10-0-99-0-12115127L44-0-6
San Jose Sharks1820238 8-0-1010-0-10114141L35-0-5
Vancouver Canucks1618234 9-0-97-0-9100120L36-0-3
Los Angeles Kings1620537 7-0-99-0-11114127L23-0-7
Anaheim Ducks1423533 5-0-149-0-9101138L25-0-4

Last Injuries

Carolina Hurricanes

  • 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.

  • Petr Mrazek

    Mid April | out

    Mrazek is sidelined after having right thumb surgery, and he is not expected to return until the middle of April.

Florida Panthers

  • 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.

  • Patric Hornqvist

    Mid April | I-R

    Hornqvist is on the injured reserve list with an unspecified ailment, and he is not expected to return until the middle of April.

  • Aleksander Barkov

    Lower Body
    Prob Sat | probable

    Barkov has been out of the lineup with a lower-body injury, but he is expected to return against the Blue Jackets on Saturday.