Florida Panthers vs. San Jose Sharks Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 3rd 2022

Stadium: SAP Center at San Jose San Jose
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The Florida Panthers have lost three of their past four games, but will look to break out of their slump when they visit the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

For the Panthers, it's the second stop on a four-game West Coast swing.

"It feels like we've been playing a lot of games on the road lately," Panthers forward Carter Verhaeghe said.

Meanwhile, the Sharks have been trending in the right direction after starting the season on a five-game losing streak. Since then, San Jose is 3-3-1.

However, the Sharks have taken a pair of one-goal losses, falling 4-3 to the Tampa Bay Lightning and 6-5 in a shootout versus the Anaheim Ducks.

Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson, a two-time Norris Trophy winner, scored his first career hat trick against Anaheim on Tuesday.

"It's nice to score five goals," Karlsson said of his team's offensive performance. "But at the same time we let in five as well."

Karlsson leads the Sharks in goals (nine) and points (15). He also leads all NHL defensemen in both categories.

In addition, he is the first Sharks defenseman in franchise history to record a hat trick.

"I think everyone is seeing what a world-class player he is," San Jose coach David Quinn said. "He's only 32 years old. He's got a lot of great hockey ahead of him and he's certainly playing like a Norris Trophy winner now."

There's a good chance the Panthers could face former Florida goalie James Reimer on Thursday.

Reimer has started seven of San Jose's 12 games, posting a 2-5-0 record, a .914 save percentage and a 2.77 goals-against average.

Backup goalie Kaapo Kahkonen took the loss in the 6-5 shootout with Anaheim. He is 1-3-1 with a .878 save percentage and a 3.62 GAA.

No matter the goalie, Quinn needs the win to reach 100 victories in the NHL. He got 96 of those wins during his three seasons coaching the New York Rangers.

The Panthers, in their first season under coach Paul Maurice, are hoping for an encore to the 2021-2022 regular season, where they had the best record in the NHL.

New acquisition Matthew Tkachuk has lived up to the hype, leading the team in points (13) and assists (eight).

Defensemen Brandon Montour (eight points) and Gustav Forsling (six points) are also trending toward career years. Their efforts are much-needed due to the groin injury that will sideline Aaron Ekblad for roughly one month. In addition, MacKenzie Weegar was traded away in the Tkachuk deal, leaving Florida thin on defense.

Offensively, Colin White has been a pleasant surprise with three goals and five assists. But it's been a slow start for Aleksander Barkov and Sam Bennett, who each have just one goal. Barkov and Bennett scored career highs in goals last season, netting 39 and 28, respectively.

Panthers starting goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who had a 2.67 GAA and led the league with 39 wins last season, is also off to a sluggish start. He is 2-3-1 with a 3.06 GAA.

Backup goalie Spencer Knight is 3-1-0 with a 2.53 GAA.

--Field Level Media

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Florida Panthers
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San Jose Sharks

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Florida Panthers vs. San Jose Sharks

Sergei Bobrovsky, who had gone winless in his previous five starts, made 29 saves, leading the Florida Panthers to a 5-3 victory over the host San Jose Sharks on Monday afternoon.

Bobrovsky, who missed Florida's previous game due to the flu, had been in a 0-4-1 slump.

The Panthers, who have won nine of their past 10 games in San Jose, got goals from Evgenii Dadonov (his team-high 24th of the season), Mike Hoffman, Colton Sceviour, Anton Stralman and Vincent Trocheck.

Despite the win, the Panthers are just 3-6-1 since the All-Star break.

San Jose, which got goals from Dylan Gambrell, Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier, failed to get the victory for coach Bob Boughner, who was fired by Florida on April 7, 2019.

The Sharks, who also got 23 saves from goalie Aaron Dell, have lost four straight home games.

San Jose played without two-time Norris Trophy winner Eric Karlsson (broken thumb) and 21-goal-scorer Evander Kane (NHL suspension) as well as top-six forwards Tomas Hertl (knee) and Logan Couture (upper body).

Florida opened the scoring with 4:52 expired in the first period. Dadonov rebounded his own shot, wrapping it to his left and around Dell.

Just as Dadonov scored, he was whacked from behind by the stick of San Jose's Brent Burns. Dadonov hit the ice and had blood around his mouth, although he remained in the game.

San Jose's fourth line tied the score with 11:30 gone in the first. Alexander True forced Florida's Dominic Toninato into a turnover, Antti Suomela made a short dish, and Gambrell scored from the slot.

Hoffman gave Florida a 2-1 lead, getting an unassisted goal with nine minutes left in the second. Hoffman stole a pass inside San Jose's zone and slid the puck between Dell's pads.

Florida's fourth line extended the Panthers' lead to 3-1 with 9:56 left in the third as Denis Malgin's pass connected with Sceviour in full stride. Sceviour's initial shot was blocked, but he scored on his own rebound.

San Jose cut its deficit to 3-2 on Labanc's goal with 5:26 left in the third as the shot bounced in off Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar.

In the final three minutes, Stralman (2:54 left) and Meier (1:40 remaining) traded goals before Trocheck connected with an empty net (five seconds left) to clinch Florida's victory.

--Field Level Media

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