Preview: Panthers looking to maintain momentum in showdown with Kings
TV: FOX Sports Florida
TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Kings (18-25-5, seventh in the Pacific Division) vs. Florida Panthers (24-16-5, fourth in the Atlantic Division)
Florida hosts the Los Angeles Kings after Mike Hoffman scored two goals in the Panthers’ 8-4 victory against the Maple Leafs.
The Panthers have gone 15-8-2 in home games. Florida ranks second in the league averaging 3.6 goals per game, led by Evgenii Dadonov with 19.
The Kings are 7-15-4 on the road. Los Angeles has scored 22 power-play goals, converting on 15.5% of chances.
The teams meet Thursday for the first time this season.
Aaron Ekblad leads the Panthers with a plus-11 in 43 games played this season. Jonathan Huberdeau has recorded five goals and nine assists over the last 10 games for Florida.
LAST 10 GAMES
Kings: 3-6-1, averaging 2.3 goals, 3.9 assists, 2.1 penalties and 4.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a .915 save percentage.
Panthers: 6-4-0, averaging four goals, 6.8 assists, 3.6 penalties and eight penalty minutes while giving up 3.6 goals per game with a .894 save percentage.
Panthers: MacKenzie Weegar: out (upper body).
Kings: Blake Lizotte: day to day (lower body).