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Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pirri scored a goal on six shots in a 4-3 win over the Avs on Tuesday.
Impact: After a productive stint in Florida last season, Pirri has been a healthy scratch in all but two games so far. He replaced Dave Bolland, who's still out with an injury, so he could win his way back into the lineup with more nights like these.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bergenheim scored a goal on five shots in a 4-3 win over the Avalanche on Tuesday.
Impact: Bergenheim hadn't been seeing a lot of ice time in the team's first four games, but has gotten back up over the 17-minute mark in the past two. With points in each of the team's last three contests, he seems primed to build on his career-high 29 points from last season.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Luongo stopped 30 shots for his 375th career win and continued his mastery against Colorado on Tuesday.
Impact: Luongo is 13-0-2 in his last 15 games against the Avalanche. He's a smart fantasy play against them.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Boyes had a goal and one assist Tuesday.
Impact: Boyes has four points in a modest three-game run for the Panthers.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Jokinen had two assists Tuesday.
Impact: Jokinen finally hooked up fantasy owners after he had no points in his first five games.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bolland (lower body) hasn't resumed skating yet, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: The Panthers are hoping to have Bolland back in time for Saturday's tilt with the Coyotes, but that doesn't seem promising at this juncture. Bolland hadn't been producing much prior to suffering the injury, going scoreless and attempting only three shots in four games.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ekblad assisted on Aleksander Barkov's first-period goal in Tuesday's OT win over the Avalanche.
Impact: The first overall pick in the 2014 entry draft continues to impress for the Panthers. The assist was Ekblad's second of the season and he saw just over 20 minutes of ice time.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barkov scored his first goal of the season Tuesday against the Avalanche.
Impact: Barkov has had a slow start to the season, so coach Gerard Gallant decided to reunite him with Brad Boyes and Sean Bergenheim. The Killer B's line showed solid chemistry last year before Barkov's season ended early with a knee injury, so hopefully the trio can find a way to produce for the offensively challenged Panthers in 2014-15.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jokinen had two helpers in an overtime win against Colorado on Tuesday, with the second coming on a game-winning power-play goal.
Impact: These were Jokinen's first points of the season. Off to a tough start this year, the Panthers have been mixing their lines almost every game to try to find a formula that works. Jokinen started on the second line with Brandon Pirri and Tomas Fleischmann on Tuesday. When Florida acquired Jokinen in the offseason, they hoped that he could bring them the offensive punch that generated 57 points in 81 games for the Penguins last season, so they'll be looking for him to pick up the pace as the season continues.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boyes picked up a goal and an assist Tuesday, adding a plus-1 rating, four shots and two penalty minutes in a win over Colorado.
Impact: A nice night for Boyes, who doubled his point production on the season. All four of his points have come in the last three games, which is promising.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Luongo allowed three goals on 33 shots in Tuesday's overtime victory over the Avalanche.
Impact: It's not the most impressive outing for Luongo, who was staked to a 2-0 lead that he allowed to turn to a 3-2 deficit in a span of less than four minutes in the second period. But he held on after that and delivered his fourth outing in five with a save mark over .900.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bolland (lower body) won't play Tuesday against the Avalanche, Steve Goldstein of FOX Sports Florida reports.
Impact: It didn't take long for the health-averse Bolland to fall victim to his first injury of the season, as he'll sit out for the second straight game. Brandon Pirri will fill in for him as the Panthers' third-line center once again.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Luongo is expected to start Tuesday's game against the Avalanche, Panthers play-by-play announcer Steve Goldstein reports.
Impact: Luongo struggled early this season, but he shut out the Sabres in his last start Friday and gave up just one goal in the game before that, so he is seemingly back on track. He will take on an Avalanche team that has scored just nine goals through its first six games.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Huberdeau was moved off the top line in practice on Monday, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Huberdeau started the season on the left wing beside Aleksander Barkov, but has not produced any points since scoring a goal in the first game of the season. The Panthers have decided to mix up their lines, and it's cost Huberdeau his spot on the top unit. He'll start Tuesday's game against the Avalanche on the second line with Nick Bjugstad and Scottie Upshall. Huberdeau is still only 21 years old and has a boatload of talent, but the lack of talent surrounding him up front is definitely hurting his value.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bjugstad, who has been held pointless through the first five games of the season, is now practicing on a line with Jonathan Huberdeau and Scottie Upshall, the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: The 22-year-old center has not had the start fantasy owners were hoping for, but a change in linemates could help find the scoring touch. He has managed to put 10 shots on goal and pick up six penalty minutes, but he'll need to start producing points to gain fantasy relevance. With the talented Huberdeau on his wing, he could start doing just that.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pirri saw his first action of the season Saturday, replacing the injured Dave Bolland and taking three shots on goal over 13 minutes.
Impact: Pirri didn't contribute on the scoresheet, but looked good while centering the third line between Sean Bergenheim and Tomas Fleischmann. The 23-year-old center scored seven goals and seven assists in only 21 games for the Panthers last season. While it had seemed likely he'd make the opening lineup this year, Pirri had been a healthy scratch in the first four games of the year.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ekblad had another great defensive game in his young career Saturday against the Capitals.
Impact: Ekblad played a whopping 25:25 minutes of the game and held superstar Alex Ovechkin off the scoresheet. Ekblad is being used in all situations early in the season which is great news for fantasy owners. He had two shots, one hit, two blocked shots, and one takeaway in the contest on Saturday. Ekblad also led his team in PP time with 4:27 minutes. If the power play can get things going in the right direction, he should be a major contributor.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boyes netted a rebound for his first goal of the season against the Capitals on Saturday.
Impact: Although Boyes started the game on the Panthers' fourth line, he scored the only goal for the team on the power play and ended the night with 20:10 of ice time, leading all forwards. Boyes also had two shots on goal, two hits and a blocked shot. This was his best outing of the season, and with the Panthers not generating much offense, expect them to put Boyes back in position to succeed on the scoresheet.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Bolland has a lower-body injury suffered in a 1-0 win at Buffalo on Oct. 17.
Impact: There's no time table for his return, so Bolland is considered day-to-day.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Montoya put in a strong showing Saturday in a tough, defensive affair against the Capitals. He made 27 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss.
Impact: Montoya won't get a huge number of starts behind Roberto Luongo, but he sure proved he could hold his own Saturday night. Watch for favorable matchups in single-year league formats and roll away.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thornton (lower body) is back in the lineup Saturday against the Capitals, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Thornton was held out of Friday's contest with a lower-body concern, but it appears it was only a minor one. He'll replace Jimmy Hayes in the Florida lineup, reclaiming his usual spot on the fourth line.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bolland (lower body) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Capitals, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: As anticipated, Bolland wasn't able to recover in time from the injury suffered Friday night to suit up for the second game of the Panthers' back-to-back. Brandon Pirri will step in as the third-line center, with Bolland's status for Tuesday's game against the Avalanche in question.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Luongo stopped all 26 shots in Friday' 1-0 win at Buffalo.
Impact: Luongo was brilliant in earning his first win of the year. He owns a 2.67 GAA through four games.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thornton (lower body) will not play Friday against the Sabres, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: It's not certain if Thornton is still feeling the effects of the injury, or if he's simply one of the Panthers' healthy scratches for Friday's game. Either way, Thornton offers little in the form of fantasy utility when he's in the lineup, so his absence from Friday's game probably will go largely unnoticed.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bergenheim scored the game-winning goal in Friday's contest against the Sabres.
Impact: Bergenheim was credited with the lone tally and did so with only 9:41 minutes of ice time. He also had five shots on goal. Scoring the game-winner is great news but the little ice time he received and no power play time is concerning.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Luongo stopped all 26 shots he faced in Friday's shutout win over Buffalo.
Impact: A great outing for the former Canuck, who helped the Panthers pick up their first win of the season. Luongo's shutout was the 67th of his career and third consecutive against the Sabres. The 35-year-old veteran, who is expected to give way to backup Al Montoya for Saturday's game vs. Washington, is now 1-2-1 on the season with a .905 save percentage and 2.67 GAA.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bolland left Friday's game with a lower-body injury, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: The indication is that Bolland isn't expected to play Saturday either, with Brandon Pirri in line to play in his place. He is listed as day-to-day for now, but the team should update his status in the future.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Montoya will start in net for the Panthers on Saturday, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Montoya relieved Roberto Luongo on Oct. 11 and stopped all 10 shots he faced in 37:01 in net. He will receive his first start of the season Saturday against the Capitals in the second of back-to-back games.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Luongo will start Friday's game against the Sabres, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Impact: Luongo has gone winless in his three starts on the season, but a match against the hapless Sabres represents as good of any opportunity as any for the goalie to notch his first win. It doesn't look like Luongo will be called upon to start both ends of the team's back-to-back this weekend, as No. 2 netminder Al Montoya is expected to make the turn Saturday against Washington.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Montoya will likely make his next start Saturday against the Capitals, Steve Goldstein of FOX Sports Florida reports.
Impact: Although it likely won't be officially announced until the weekend how the Panthers plan on splitting their Friday and Saturday games among their two goalies, it looks as though Montoya will draw the short end of the stick and make his turn against a formidable Capitals squad. The Panthers might normally be inclined to use Montoya against the weaker opponent of the back-to-back in the Sabres, but Florida's 0-2-1 start to the season could prompt the team to use No. 1 Roberto Luongo for that game, in an attempt to secure their first win.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Luongo is expected to make his next start Friday against the Sabres, Steve Goldstein of FOX Sports Florida reports.
Impact: With the Panthers still in search of their first win on the season, it probably would make sense for the team to go with Luongo against Buffalo, even though Saturday's matchup versus a solid Capitals squad would seem the preferable game for a team to use their No. 1 goalie. While the Panthers could reverse course on the plan by the end of the week, it sounds like backup Al Montoya will be in the net against Washington.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hayes was moved to the top line in practice on Wednesday, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: After sitting out the first two games of the season as a healthy scratch, Hayes got in the lineup against Ottawa on Monday. He put four shots on goal in only 8:33 minutes of ice time. He will have a great opportunity to put up some points if he sticks with the first line for the Panthers' upcoming tilt with the Sabres on Friday.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boyes was moved from the top line down to the fourth line in practice on Wednesday, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Boyes has gone pointless in the first three games of the season. He had three shots on goal with two penalty minutes in 16:16 minutes of ice time in his most recent game against Ottawa. The move to the fourth line would likely be accompanied by a decline in both minutes and in the talent of the players Boyes skates with, much to the detriment of his fantasy value.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thornton missed the Panthers' practice on Wednesday due to a lower body injury, Steve Goldstein of Fox Sports Florida reports.
Impact: The injury only appears to be a minor one, so Thornton should be back in time to be an option for Florida's game on Friday against the Sabres. Thornton has not scored any points and has accumulated seven penalty minutes in two games played this season.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pirri has been a healthy scratch for each of the Panthers' first three games, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Pirri was generally thought to have an inside track to a regular role with the Panthers after totaling 14 points in 21 games with the team last season, but the July signings of Dave Bolland and Derek MacKenzie have pushed him down the depth chart. That being said, with the Panthers still in search of their first win, coach Gerard Gallant could choose to shake up his lines in advance of Friday's game with the Sabres, perhaps allowing Pirri to slot in for his season debut. If that comes to fruition, Pirri may need to stand out right away if he hopes to see the ice with more frequency.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Fleischmann has failed to register any points through the first three games of the season.
Impact: Fleischmann owners are hoping for a bounce-back season this year after seeing only 28 points in 80 games with a minus-18 rating last season. He's started the season playing on the Panthers' third line with Sean Bergenheim and Dave Bolland. With Fleischmann not seeing top power-play time, he could be in for another disappointing season on a team that has trouble scoring.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barkov has yet to obtain any points this season as Florida's No. 1 center.
Impact: The second overall selection in the 2013 draft had a solid rookie season last year, scoring 24 points in 54 games. He was anointed the top center for the Panthers this season, but has yet to hit the scoresheet in his first three games. The good news is that he'll continue to get his chances because of the lack of depth at center for the Panthers, but let's just hope this is not the beginning of a sophomore slump for the promising 19-year-old Finn.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Luongo stopped 21 of 22 shots Monday, but it wasn't enough in a 1-0 loss to the visiting Senators.
Impact: Tough luck for Bobby Lu, who remains winless as a Panther after starting the team's first three games of the season. It probably didn't help that the already-unspectacular offense in front of him was playing in front of a paltry home crowd of just 7,311 in Sunrise, either. Nonetheless, Luongo owns an .870 save percentage and 3.78 GAA in the early going and will continue to get a ton of starts for the Cats, so that first win should come sooner rather than later.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Campbell notched a power-play assist in a 5-1 loss to the Devils on Saturday.
Impact: Campbell led all Florida players in ice time, playing 26:06, with 10:14 of it coming on the power play. The Panthers have very few alternatives on defense, so Campbell should be in for another solid season of close to 40 points.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Luongo gave up five goals on 14 shots before leaving the game 2:59 into the second Saturday.
Impact: Al Montoya, the NHL's first Cuban-American - which gives him enormous popularity in South Florida - finished with 10 saves in relief for Florida.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Upshall assisted on the Panthers' lone goal in Saturday's loss to the Devils.
Impact: Upshall found Derek MacKenzie for a power-play tally late in the second period, but the game's outcome had already been decided by that point. The 31-year-old figures to swing between the Panthers' second and third line this season while seeing a decent amount of time with the man advantage.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: MacKenzie scored a power-play goal in a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Devils on Saturday.
Impact: The center tipped a pass from Scottie Upshall past goalie Cory Schneider for the score, but it was largely inconsequential, as the Devils had already raced out to a 5-0 lead. MacKenzie has come away with a point in both of the Panthers' games, but his career-best 23 points in a full season suggests that the fourth-liner's production will taper off.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Luongo was pulled from Saturday's game in the second period after allowing five goals on only 14 shots in Saturday's loss to the Devils.
Impact: It was a truly dreadful performance for Luongo, who fell to 0-1-1 following the early exit. Backup Al Montoya came on to shut out the Devils over the game's final 37 minutes, but he's unlikely to displace Luongo for regular duties. The Panthers could, however, choose to rest Luongo for Monday's tilt with the Senators, giving him time to regroup from his ugly start to the season.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Luongo will be in the net Saturday against the Devils, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: After the Panthers turned in a credible outing against the Lightning in the season opener before ultimately falling in overtime, coach Gerard Gallant will stick with the same lineup -- including Luongo in goal. If the Panthers can avoid the penalties that resulted in three Lightning power-play tallies Thursday, Luongo's odds of escaping with a win over the Devils should increase considerably.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Huberdeau scored a goal in Florida's 3-2 overtime loss at Tampa Bay on Thursday.
Impact: Huberdeau hasn't been an explosive goal scorer with 23 goals in 117 games in his first two seasons, so it will be interesting to see if Thursday's score was a sign of things to come or merely a fluke.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gudbranson had an active season debut Thursday against the Lightning, potting a goal on three shot attempts while picking up four penalty minutes.
Impact: Gudbranson's pedigree as a former top-three draft choice always makes him worth tracking, despite his rather tepid career production to date. However, defensemen often face notoriously long development curves, so it's certainly within Gudbranson's ability to come through with a breakout in 2014-15. That being said, his standing on the Panthers' third pairing could depress his minutes load, which would in turn hinder his opportunities to pile up points, hits and blocks.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Olsen assisted on Erik Gudbranson's first-period goal in Thursday's loss to the Lightning.
Impact: Olsen and Gudbranson formed the Panthers' third pairing in the season opener, with both blueliners logging less than 15 minutes of ice time. The 23-year-old Olsen has shown some promise as an offensive threat during his brief time with the Panthers, so he could be someone worth monitoring in deeper formats.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ekblad was credited with a secondary assist in his NHL debut Thursday against the Bolts.
Impact: In his 19:05 of ice time (1:22 on the power play), Ekblad finished with a plus-1 rating and recorded two blocks, one hit and two shots on goal. All in all, it was a productive debut for Ekblad, who should remain relevant in deeper leagues as a rookie, even if he doesn't tap into his projected stardom just yet.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mitchell led the Panthers with 25:35 of ice time in Thursday's overtime loss to the Lightning.
Impact: With one shot on goal and a lone hit and block to his name, Mitchell certainly didn't make the most of his minutes, but the fact that he merely received them speaks to how heavily the Panthers plan on leaning on him this season. He's unlikely to generate much fantasy appeal as a non-entity on the power play, but his toughness and leadership should prove beneficial for up-and-coming blueliners Aaron Ekblad, Dmitry Kulikov, Dylan Olsen and Erik Gudbranson.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Campbell gathered an assist on Jonathan Huberdeau's third-period goal Thursday versus the Lightning.
Impact: The 35-year-old Campbell was paired up with No. 1 overall pick Aaron Ekblad in the opener, with the rookie earning credit for a secondary assist on the Huberdeau goal. Though the Panthers will look to Campbell to provide leadership for Ekblad as he transitions to the NHL, the veteran still brings plenty to the table as a fantasy option in his own right. He's set to quarterback the top power-play unit again this season and should again challenge for 40 points.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Huberdeau scored a game-tying goal in the second period of Thursday's overtime loss to the Lightning.
Impact: It was a good opening night for the third-year winger, who's coming off a disappointing sophomore year, but was one of the better players on the ice Thursday. To some degree, the Panthers will go as far as Huberdeau's offensive development can take them this year.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Luongo stopped 29 of 32 in Thursday's season-opening overtime loss to the Lightning.
Impact: As has been fairly normal since Luongo returned to Florida via trade last year, he played well, but the result was not in his favor. Expect strong ratios from the veteran netminder, but the youthful Panthers probably aren't quite ready to give him the kind of support he deserves, particularly on the penalty kill -- all three Tampa goals came on the power play. Nonetheless, Luongo will almost certainly be in goal again Saturday against the visiting Devils.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bolland (illness) will play in Thursday's game against the Lightning, Steve Goldstein of FOX Sports Florida reports.
Impact: Bolland was held out of last weekend's preseason finale due a bout with the flu, but he returned to practice a few days ago and is apparently fit to play. He'll center the third line in his Panthers debut, with Sean Bergenheim and Tomas Fleischmann flanking him.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Luongo will be the starting goaltender in Thursday's season opener against the Lightning, Panthers play-by-play announcer Steve Goldstein reports.
Impact: As the Panthers' primary goaltender, Luongo will unsurprisingly get the start in the Panthers' first game of the season. What is a bit of a shocker, however, is that he will be taking on the Lightning for the first time since Feb. 9, 2010.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | STATS
News: The Rangers are sending defenseman Steven Kampfer and forward Andrew Yogan to Florida.
Impact: Kampfer and Yogan had already been assigned to Hartford of the AHL.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | STATS
News: The Rangers are sending defenseman Steven Kampfer and forward Andrew Yogan to Florida.
Impact: Kampfer and Yogan have been assigned to Hartford of the AHL.