Florida Panthers Player News: All Positions

News: Stralman tallied a shot, two hits and two blocks in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Islanders.
Impact: Despite being on pace for his best season offensively since 2015, Stralman has stayed relatively off the radar with the Panthers. The 33-year-old veteran has two goals and 10 points with a minus-8 rating in 31 games.
News: Hoffman picked up a goal for his fourth-straight game with a point in a 3-1 loss to the Islanders on Thursday.
Impact: Over the last four contests, Hoffman has picked up five points, bringing his total on the season to 12 goals and 23 points in 31 games. At this point last season he had 16 power-play points en route to 35 in total, but so far he has lagged behind slightly with 10 points on the man advantage.
News: Pysyk picked up an assist in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Islanders.
Impact: After drawing back into the lineup for the first time in four games, Pysyk made his presence felt by using his speed to create a two-on-one breakaway and then dishing it to Mike Hoffman who finished off the play with a goal. Pysyk now has three points in 22 games.
News: Bobrovsky made 27 saves Thursday in a 3-1 loss to the Islanders. He allowed two goals.
Impact: Bob appears to be waking from a season-long slumber and that can't come soon enough for his owners. Bobrovsky has allowed just six goals in his last four games. The Panthers could rocket up the standings if the Bob of the past has returned. And your opportunity to get him at a discount in a deal may be closing.
News: Bobrovsky will patrol the crease during Thursday's home clash with the Islanders, David Work of WPLG Local 10 News reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky has been razor sharp recently, picking up two wins in his last three starts while posting an impressive 1.35 GAA and .965 save percentage over that stretch. The 31-year-old backstop will look to keep rolling in a home matchup with an Islanders club that's averaging 2.50 goals per game on the road this campaign, 21st in the NHL.
News: The Panthers assigned Hawryluk (upper body) to AHL Springfield for conditioning purposes, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: Hawryluk hasn't played since Oct. 30, but it appears the 23-year-old center is healthy and will get back into game shape in the minors. Springfield plays Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so Hawryluk will likely return to the big club following the weekend.
News: Saarela was demoted to AHL Springfield on Wednesday.
Impact: Shipping Saarela back to the minors could be an indication that Jayce Hawryluk (upper body) will be ready to go against the Islanders on Thursday. The 22-year-old Saarela logged three games for the Panthers in which he tallied three shots, and one block while averaging 11:41 of ice time. While this may not be the last we've seen of the Finnish center in the NHL this year, he figures to spend the bulk of his time with the Thunderbirds.
News: Toninato skated only 7:42 with a minus-1 rating in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
Impact: The entire fourth line had only one shift in the third period as the Panthers were looking for offense down 2-0. Toninato has two goals on 12 shots in 13 games this season.
News: Trocheck was held pointless on three shots in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Lightning.
Impact: Trocheck has gone four-straight games without a point and has been held to a relatively disappointing 14 points in 23 games this season. Going into the season Trocheck was a breakout candidate after an injury-riddled 2017-18, but he has not been able to get into gear on the Panthers' second line.
News: Bobrovsky turned aside 46 shots in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Lightning.
Impact: He made a number of big stops en route to a season high in saves, but the Panthers' inability to get anything going offensively -- they didn't score their lone goal until there were two minutes left in the third period -- gave Bobrovsky no margin for error. The 31-year-old netminder continues to put a shaky beginning to his Florida career behind him, and over his last eight starts Bob has a 2.52 GAA and .925 save percentage.
News: Bobrovsky will start Tuesday night's home game versus the Lightning, David Work of WPLG Local 10 News reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky is going for a third straight win but will be in tough against Tampa Bay, a team averaging the second-most goals per game in the NHL (3.64). Previously in 2019-20, Bobrovsky split a pair of starts against the Lightning, going 1-1-0 with seven goals allowed on 64 shots faced.
News: Brown threw three shots on goal and added a hit in Sunday's 5-1 blowout of the Sharks.
Impact: After scoring his second goal of the season in Saturday's contest, Brown was looking for more. His three shots on goal matched a career-high from March 10 of last season. The 25-year-old has two goals, four points and 32 hits in 24 games.
News: Boyle recorded two shots, two hits and two blocks in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Sharks.
Impact: For his first month with the Panthers, Boyle was picking up points while skating in the top nine -- he had eight points in his first 15 games. But since his move to the fourth-line center role in a Nov. 24 contest with the Sabres, Boyle has been unable to find the scoresheet. That's not particularly concerning considering he was brought in to be the team's defensively-responsible fourth-line center, but his initial offensive production was a nice surprise.
News: Weegar recorded an assist in a 5-1 win over the Sharks on Sunday.
Impact: After a great start to the season, Weegar was sidelined for eight games after being hit in the head by a puck. Now back in the lineup and flanking Aaron Ekblad on the top pairing, Weegar looks to pick up where he left off. The 25-year-old has put up three goals and 11 points in 21 games so far this season.
News: Matheson scored his first goal of the season in a 5-1 win over the Sharks on Sunday.
Impact: It has been a rough start to the season for Matheson -- who managed only two points and a minus-9 rating through his first 23 games -- but hopefully Sunday's goal breaks the ice for the 25-year-old. He has recorded back-to-back 27-point seasons but is on pace to only hit 10 this year.
News: Dadonov picked up an assist and fired six shots on goal in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Sharks.
Impact: The Panthers' first line opened up the offense in this one, with the top power-play unit converting within a few minutes of the start of the contest. Dadonov now has 11 goals and 23 points in 23 games.
News: Malgin sat out for the second straight game in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Sharks.
Impact: With the call-up of Aleksi Saarela, Malgin has lost his third-line center spot. Malgin had only managed one point with a minus-10 rating in his last 16 games, so head coach Joel Quenneville is hoping Saarela will be a better presence down the middle. It's likely that Malgin will stay in the NHL and draw back in at some point -- he would have to pass through waivers to be reassigned to the AHL.
News: Connolly scored his 14th goal of the season in a 5-1 win over the Sharks on Sunday.
Impact: Connolly has scored power-play goals in back-to-back contests and is currently rocking an unsustainable shooting percentage (26.4). The 27-year-old is having a career year and needs just nine more goals to reach 23. Connolly's previous career-high for goals in a season is 22, accomplished last year.
News: Vatrano posted two points and blocked a pair of shots in Sunday's 5-1 win over San Jose.
Impact: Vatrano turned in his first multi-point game Sunday, moving him up to 13 points for the year, in 29 games. In his previous six contests, the 25-year-old had managed only a single assist, so maybe Vatrano's two-point outing is the start of something. The Panthers face Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Vatrano has scored three goals in nine career appearances against the Lightning, so there's reason to exercise cautious optimism in this matchup.
News: Yandle finished Sunday's 5-1 win over the Sharks with two points, both coming on Florida power plays.
Impact: Yandle's first box score scribble came in the form of a power-play goal, Yandle's third goal of 2019-20. The defenseman picked up his second point of the night with an assist on Brett Connolly's power-play goal midway through the third. Yandle's 23 assists place him second among defensemen. John Carlson leads all blueliners with 32 helpers.
News: Huberdeau collected a pair of assists in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Sharks.
Impact: First, Huberdeau assisted on Keith Yandle's power-play goal before producing his second assist of the game on Aleksander Barkov's 10th of the season. Both assists came in the opening 20 minutes. With 13 power-play assists to his name in 2019-20, Huberdeau is still looking for his first goal with the man advantage.
News: Hoffman tallied a power-play assist during Sunday's 3-2 win over San Jose.
Impact: The assist was Hoffman's 10th power-play point of the season. His five goals with the man advantage tie him for the team lead, but Hoffman has gone nine straight games without a power-play goal. His last one came back on Nov. 16.
News: Ekblad tallied a pair of assists in a 5-1 win over San Jose on Sunday.
Impact: Ekblad's two assists versus the Sharks give him 17 points in 28 games this season. The defenseman had been held off the scoresheet the previous four games. He and the Panthers next face the Lightning on Tuesday, a team who he's produced two assists in two previous meetings with this year.
News: Barkov scored a goal and tallied a power-play assist, finishing Sunday's 5-1 win over San Jose with a pair of points.
Impact: Barkov's secondary assist on Keith Yandle's power-play goal that opened the scoring was his 26th helper of the season, tying Barkov with Brad Marchand for fifth-most in the NHL. He has points in five straight games, including a pair of two-point performances in his last two outings. For the season, Barkov has 36 points in 29 games.
News: Bobrovsky stopped 30 of 31 shots in a 5-1 win over the visiting Sharks on Sunday.
Impact: Bobrovsky has consecutive wins for the first time since Nov. 21 and now owns an 11-6-4 record. The Panthers host Tampa Bay on Tuesday, a team Bobrovsky has split a pair of games with this season, posting a 3.54 GAA and .891 save percentage along the way.
News: Bobrovsky will tend the home twine in Sunday's matchup against the Sharks, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky's struggles this year are well-documented, and coach Joel Quenneville opted to afford Chris Driedger a pair of starts. It seemed to help Bobrovsky get back on track, as he steered away 33 of 34 shots in Saturday's win over the Blue Jackets, so the veteran netminder will return to the crease Sunday. The Sharks carry a three-game losing streak into this contest, and they scored just five total goals during that stretch.
News: Yandle put up two assists in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Columbus.
Impact: Yandle has six assists during a four-game point streak. And 24 points in 28 games. Yandle continues to skate toward his best offensive season ever.
News: Bobrovsky made 33 saves in a 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets on Saturday.
Impact: It was his first game against his former squad and Bob put on a show. Maybe this is what he needed from the start of the season. Bobrovsky went into this game with a 9-6-4 record, 3.48 GAA and .884 save percentage, the latter mark putting him in a tie for last in the NHL among goalies with at least 10 games played this season. Fingers crossed this is the first step in the next phase of Bobrovsky's season.
News: Saarela will make his NHL regular-season debut Saturday against the Blue Jackets, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: Florida promoted Saarela from AHL Springfield on Friday, and he won't have to wait long to slot into game action. The 22-year-old Finn was originally a third-round selection of the Rangers back in 2015 before being traded to Carolina, where he dressed for one playoff game. He was later traded to Chicago and then Florida, but Saarela has finally worked his way up to the NHL. Now let's see if he's here to stay.
News: Bobrovsky will start between the pipes in Saturday's home clash with Columbus, David Work of WPLG Local 10 News reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky was shaky in his last start Nov. 27 against the Capitals, surrendering four goals on 20 shots en route to a 4-3 defeat. The veteran backstop will look to bounce back in a favorable home matchup with a struggling Blue Jackets team that's lost three straight games.
News: Saarela was recalled from AHL Springfield on Friday.
Impact: Saarela's promotion will provide the Panthers with additional forward depth for their back-to-back Saturday and Sunday against the Blue Jackets and Sharks, respectively, with Jayce Hawryluk (upper body) still unavailable. The 22-year-old Saarela has racked up 10 points in 17 minor-league contests this year, which could earn him a look in a bottom-six role while with the big club.
News: Dadonov went scoreless with two shots and a minus-1 rating in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the WIld.
Impact: With only one assist over his last six games, Dadonov is on one of the worst offensive stretches since his return to the NHL in 2017. Oddly enough, both his linemates Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov have put up five points over the same time frame. Dadonov should turn it around soon, as he has not gone more than five straight games without a point since 2017.
News: Matheson fired four shots on goal in 12:46 of ice time in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Wild.
Impact: After starting the season in the top four, Matheson has been moved down to the bottom pairing. That has impacted Matheson's ice time, knocking him down to below 14 minutes on average over the last three games. The 25-year-old has not had a great season, recording only two points with a minus-11 rating in 22 games.
News: Acciari collected five hits and a block in a 4-2 loss to the Wild on Tuesday.
Impact: Acciari was the only Panther with more than two hits in the game, as Florida was outhit 30-12 by the Wild. With five goals and seven points in 24 games, Acciari is on pace for his best offensive season after tallying a career-high 14 points last season with the Bruins.
News: Sceviour threw six shots on goal in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Wild.
Impact: The Panthers managed to put 46 shots on Minnesota's rookie goalie Kaapo Kahkonen, but they only found the back of the net twice. Sceviour's six shots were a game high and came on only 13:03 of ice time. The 30-year-old has two goals and seven points in 27 games this season.
News: Vatrano picked up an assist with only one shot on goal in a 4-2 loss to the Wild on Tuesday.
Impact: Vatrano gets his success from shot volume, and he hasn't been able to find the net much during his nine-game goal drought. He was averaging 2.72 shots per game over the first 18 games of the season where he scored six goals, but has only registered more than two shots in a game once during his current dry spell.
News: Yandle picked up an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Wild.
Impact: Yandle has four helpers over the last three games, bringing his point total to 22 in 27 games. He also tallied five shots and a minus-3 rating in 24:56 of ice time in Tuesday's contest. After starting off the season with limited ice time, Yandle has seen over 23 minutes in each of the last four games -- something he only did three times in his first 23 games.
News: Huberdeau scored an even-strength goal and tallied a power-play assist, finishing Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Minnesota with two points.
Impact: Huberdeau collected the secondary assist on Aleksander Barkov's ninth of the season, coming on a power play where the hosts took a 1-0 lead. Then, Huberdeau scored a goal of his own to double the lead before it eventually evaporated. Huberdeau's season continues to be one defined by consistent point production, with the winger's latest two points moving him up to 33 for the season through 27 games.
News: Driedger made 22 saves on 25 shots in a 4-2 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday.
Impact: Tuesday's loss was the first of Driedger's career and comes just three days after he authored a shutout in his NHL debut. The 25-year-old netminder will probably take a seat for the Panthers' next game, with Sergei Bobrovsky likely to return to the starter's crease Saturday, at home versus Columbus. We'll wait and see how head coach Joel Quenneville elects to handle the situation considering how poorly Bobrovsky has played recently, though.
News: Barkov's power-play goal was not enough in a 4-2 loss to the Wild on Tuesday.
Impact: Barkov has been an effective point producer this season, with 32 points through 27 games, but he's done most of his damage in the assist column, as the goal Tuesday was just his ninth in 2019-20.
News: Driedger will make his second NHL start Tuesday against the Wild, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: Driedger will start a second consecutive game after shutting out the Predators in his Panthers debut Saturday. This could be the beginning of a nightmare scenario for Sergei Bobrovsky's fantasy owners, as Bob has struggled while Driedger was unbeatable in his first start after dominating in the AHL to start the season. How Driedger fares against Minnesota will go a long way in determining whether he's a legitimate threat to Bobrovsky's starting job.
News: Driedger earned a shutout in his first NHL start Saturday. He made 27 saves in a 3-0 victory over Nashville.
Impact: Driedger was leading the AHL with a .938 save percentage when he was called up. We're not sure how long he will last in Florida, but right now, a win is a win for the team. And especially one where Driedger bricked up the twine tent. This showing will get the 25-year-old back in the net for another start, especially given Sergei Bobrovsky's struggles this season.
News: Stralman scored twice Saturday in a 3-0 win over Nashville. The first stood up as the winner.
Impact: They're his first goals of the season. Stralman is headed for his first 30-plus point season since 2015-16. But he's not getting power-play time, so that limits his value, even in deep formats.
News: Weegar (face) will return for Saturday's matchup with the Predators, Alain Poupart of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Weegar has missed the past eight games with a facial injury, but he'll return to face the Predators on Saturday and is expected to skate on Florida's second defensive pairing, alongside Anton Stralman.
News: Driedger will make his first NHL start Saturday against the Predators, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: Driedger has made three relief appearances in previous seasons, but he'll finally earn his first start in his first appearance of 2019. The Panthers thought they had solved their goaltending issues when they signed Sergei Bobrovksy this past offseason, but Bob's struggles have opened the door for alternatives in net, and now Driedger will get his first shot.
News: Yandle had two assists and one shot with two PIM in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Washington.
Impact: Yandle drew the primary assists on Florida's first and last goals in this one, halting a four-game point skid. The 33-year-old is enjoying another fine offensive season, contributing 18 assists and 20 points in 25 games.
News: Trocheck registered a goal and an assist with five shots in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Washington.
Impact: Trocheck rounded out the scoring with 4:29 left in the regulation when he deposited his fourth goal of the season. He had also assisted on a Brett Connolly goal in the second period. Trocheck now has 13 points through 18 games, but he's scored only 13 times in 72 games since his 31-goal campaign of 2017-18.
News: Hoffman scored a goal on four shots in a 4-3 loss to Washington on Wednesday.
Impact: With 10 goals through 25 games in 2019-20, Hoffman is on straight for his second 30-goal campaign in as many seasons with the Panthers. The 30-year-old has produced consistently all season and has hit the scoresheet in seven of his last nine games.
News: Connolly scored his 12th goal of the year and had three shots in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Capitals.
Impact: Connolly lit the lamp against his former squad midway through the second period, his sixth goal in the last six games. He's also reached the scoresheet in six of his last seven outings and has nine points in that stretch. The 27-year-old is already more than halfway to the 22 goals he scored in 81 games last season with the Caps.
News: Bobrovsky allowed four goals on 20 shots in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Washington.
Impact: Bobrovsky wasn't particularly sharp after having won three of his previous four starts. Richard Panik's second-period goal from the right dot appeared to have caught Bobrovsky unready, and Lars Eller's goal in the third period was the result of a generous rebound. Bobrovsky still hasn't found his rhythm in his first year with the Panthers and now owns a 3.48 GAA and .884 save percentage in 21 appearances.
News: Bobrovsky's listed as the starter for Wednesday's game in Washington, Panthers play-by-play man Steve Goldstein reports.
Impact: This battle of top-five offenses should feature plenty of chances for both sides, and while we wouldn't have many reservations about the Bobrovsky of old in such a scenario, his 3.45 GAA and .888 save percentage through 20 games with Florida certainly give us pause ahead of this difficult matchup. To Bobrovsky's credit, he's come away with wins in three of his past four starts, but a strong effort here would really cement him being over the early struggles with his new club.
News: Weegar (face) will make the trip to Washington for Wednesday's matchup with the Capitals, but he won't play, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: Weegar will miss an eighth straight contest Wednesday, but he's clearly trending in the right direction. Once healthy, the 25-year-old, who's notched 10 points in 17 games this campaign, will return to a top-four role.
News: The Panthers sent Montembeault to AHL Springfield on Monday, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: Montembeault is coming off a rough start in which he surrendered five goals on 26 shots in a loss to Buffalo. The Panthers have a light schedule the next two weeks -- just five games -- so the move could be to give the netminder some starts and gain confidence back in the minors. In any event, recent call up Chris Driedger will assume backup duties behind Sergei Bobrovsky for the time being.
News: Driedger was promoted from AHL Springfield on Monday.
Impact: Driedger was promoted primarily to serve as Sergei Bobrovsky's backup after Samuel Montembeault was demoted to the AHL. The 25-year-old owns a strong 2.09 GAA and .938 save percentage in 14 AHL contests this season.
News: Stillman was demoted to AHL Springfield on Monday.
Impact: Stillman was up with the big club in order to serve as an emergency depth option for Sunday's matchup with Buffalo, but ended up just watching from the press box. If MacKenzie Weegar (face) remains sidelined against Washington on Wednesday, Stillman could find himself making the trip up from the minors once again to serve in a similar role.
News: Montembeault allowed five goals on 26 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Sabres on Sunday.
Impact: The 23-year old netminder got off to a shaky start in this one, giving up a pair of goals on five shots in the first period. Ultimately, Montembeault and the Panthers simply were no match for the Sabres on Sunday. His record falls to 3-2-1 on the year, with Montembeault owning 3.31 GAA and .888 save percentage across seven appearances in 2019-20.
News: Connolly scored his 11th goal of the season in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Sabres.
Impact: Connolly has been highly effective as of late, putting up seven points over his last six games. His 11 goals lead Florida who saw its three-game win streak snapped by the Sabres. Connolly and the Panthers now will enjoy a few days off before Wednesday's road game in Washington.
News: Acciari scored a goal during Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Sabres.
Impact: Acciari is not known for his fantasy contributions, but the fourth-liner has found the scoresheet in back-to-back games and now has six points in 21 games. Because of his limited role, the 28-year-old does not deserve a fantasy roster spot. Acciari should only be owned in deeper leagues.
News: Montembeault will be between the pipes for Sunday's home clash with the Sabres, David Work of WPLG Local 10 News reports.
Impact: Montembeault will finally return to the crease for the first time since Nov. 12. He's been solid in a backup role this season, going 3-1-1 along with a 2.96 GAA and .903 save percentage in six appearances. The 23-year-old will draw a solid matchup, as the Sabres rank 23rd in goals per game this season (2.77).
News: Weegar (face) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Sabres, David Work of WPLG Local 10 News reports.
Impact: This news was expected as Weegar continues to recover from taking a puck to the side of his head Nov. 10. The skilled blueliner has been skating with the team, however, so he'll aim to get back to full health for Wednesday's matchup against the Capitals.
News: The Panthers called up Stillman from AHL Springfield on Sunday.
Impact: The 21-year-old has already appeared in three games with the Panthers this season, so he could be entering the lineup as early as Sunday against the Sabres. Stillman has registered just two points in 13 games with AHL Springfield, and just registered his first goal of the season in Saturday's overtime win over Providence.
News: Bobrovsky allowed three goals on 33 shots Saturday in a 4-2 loss to the Hurricanes.
Impact: Someday soon, Bob the Goalie has to become himself. His game seems to be improving slightly of late, but his 3.45 GAA and .888 save percentage are going to be hard to chip down.
News: Bobrovsky will be between the pipes for Saturday's game versus the Hurricanes, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: Going up against the Hurricanes, winners of four of their last five games, Bobrovsky will be looking for a fourth straight win. Florida's netminder owns an 11-10-0 record in 21 career games versus Carolina, but Bobrovsky lost his only meeting with the Canes this season.
News: Stralman collected an assist in a 5-4 overtime win against the Ducks on Thursday.
Impact: That is Stralman's seventh helper of the season through 22 games. The 33-year-old was brought in by the Panthers to provide stability on the back end, but he's been pretty mediocre defensively thus far, posting a minus-7 rating on the year.
News: Vatrano picked up an assist in Thursday's 5-4 overtime win over the Ducks.
Impact: Vatrano assisted on Brett Connolly's first goal that sparked another four-goal comeback for the Panthers. With the addition of Connolly over the offseason, the Cats have turned to Vatrano less for offense, but the Massachusetts native is still on pace to put up similar numbers to last year's career high of 39. He has six goals, 10 points and 54 shots on goal through 22 games this season.
News: Toninato scored the goal that pulled the Panthers even in an eventual 5-4 overtime win over the Ducks on Thursday.
Impact: The Panthers were down 4-0 late in the second period, but managed to pull off their second four-goal comeback in the last eight days. Despite starting the game on the fourth line, Toninato was taking shifts with Dennis Malgin and Mike Hoffman on the third line throughout the third period. He tapped in a pass from Aaron Ekblad in the crease to tie the game at 4-4 before Ekblad capped off the comeback with the overtime winner.
News: Barkov had another multi-point performance with two assists in Thursday's 5-4 overtime win against the Ducks.
Impact: That is Barkov's seventh multi-point performance in his last 10 games, and he's now up to 29 points in 22 games. He's currently tied with Patrick Kane for eighth in league scoring, one point behind linemate Jonathan Huberdeau. Barkov is on pace to break the 100-point mark this season behind a scorching-hot Panthers offense that ranks first in the league in goals per game (3.68).
News: Huberdeau dished two helpers in a 5-4 overtime win over the Ducks on Thursday.
Impact: Once again the Panthers found themselves in a 4-0 hole in the second period, and once again they manufactured a comeback win. Huberdeau assisted on both of Aaron Ekblad's goals, including the overtime winner, to bring his point total to 30 in 22 games. Florida's offense is on fire, and Huberdeau is looking to top last season's career high of 92 points.
News: Connolly scored twice in just 27 seconds during Thursday's 5-4 overtime win against the Ducks.
Impact: The Panthers were down 4-0 late in the second period before Connolly fired off two quick goals to cut the deficit in half. The 27-year-old winger has played a big role in the Cats' success so far this season, with 10 goals and 17 points in 22 games.
News: Bobrovsky made 28 saves in a 5-4 overtime win over the Ducks on Thursday night.
Impact: The Ducks went up 4-0 by the 18:39 mark of the second period, but Bob bricked up the net and his mates roared back to get the win. It's his third win in a row and he's 9-4-4 on the season, but Bobrovsky really needs to clean up his ratios -- his 3.46 GAA and .886 save percentage are a far cry from his historical excellence.
News: Ekblad scored twice, including the game winner in overtime, and added an assist in a 5-4 win over Anaheim on Thursday night.
Impact: Ekblad is on pace for a 50-point season. This could finally be the year this guy becomes the stud we've all expected. It's hard to believe he's just 23 years old -- Ekblad has already played in 412 NHL games.
News: Weegar (face) resumed skating Wednesday, but he's not expected to be ready to rejoin the lineup until next week, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: It's safe to assume that Weegar will miss the Panthers' next three games, but he could be an option for Wednesday's matchup with Washington if he continues to make positive strides in his recovery over the weekend. Fantasy owners should plan on keeping a close eye on the 25-year-old blueliner's status leading up to that contest, as he's been highly productive when healthy this season, racking up three goals and 10 points in 17 appearances.
News: Bobrovsky will be between the pipes at home versus Anaheim on Thursday, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky seems to be figuring things out with back-to-back wins in which he gave up five goals on 70 shots (.929 save percentage). On the year, the 31-year-old is still sporting a career-worst 3.44 GAA and will need to continue stepping up his game if he is going to get those numbers down.
News: The Blues released McGinn from his professional tryout agreement Wednesday.
Impact: McGinn spent nine days with the Blues trying to keep his NHL career alive, but the team opted to continue testing Troy Brouwer (also on a PTO) while letting McGinn explore other options. The 31-year-old posted seven points and a minus-5 rating over 19 games with the Panthers last season.
News: Hoffman scored the empty-netter in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Flyers.
Impact: Despite being rotated down to the third line, Hoffman is still producing at an impressive pace. After hitting a rough patch that saw him score only three points in 12 games, Hoffman is on a five-game point streak. The 29-year-old has 16 points through 21 games this season.
News: Trocheck collected an assist, a shot and two hits in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Flyers.
Impact: It has been an up-and-down start to the season for Trocheck, who had big expectations placed on him after seeing his 2018-19 season derailed by an ankle injury. Still, despite a lower-body injury that kept him out for seven games, Trocheck has managed nine points through 14 contests.
News: Barkov scored a goal and added an assist in a 5-2 win over the Flyers on Tuesday.
Impact: It didn't take long to wind up on the scoreboard again after Barkov had his seven-game point streak snapped on Saturday against the Rangers. He has been scorching hot since scoring his first goal of the season on Oct. 30, with seven goals and six two-point nights in his last nine games.
News: Dadonov picked up two assists and seven shots on goal in a 5-2 win over the Flyers on Tuesday.
Impact: Dadonov was all over the ice for his second-straight multi-point game. Out of the 12 games in which he has recorded a point, seven of them have been multi-point efforts. The 30-year-old winger has ten goals and ten assists in 21 games this season.
News: Connolly ended Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Flyers with a goal and an assist.
Impact: Connolly's goal came from behind the icing line as he banked it off the back of the Flyer's goalie, Carter Hart, to break a one-one tie. After scoring a career-high 46 points last season, Connolly is on pace for another career-high with eight goals and 15 points through 21 games.
News: Matheson picked up an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Flyers.
Impact: Bumped down to the third pairing, Matheson saw a season-low 14:15 in ice time, but still managed to pick up his second assist of the season. The 25-year-old has had a rough start, with only two points through 16 games while sporting a minus-8 rating.
News: Pysyk picked up a shot, two hits and two blocked shots on 20:01 of ice time in a 5-2 win over the Flyers on Tuesday.
Impact: After skating a few games as a forward, Pysyk has been back on defense as Mackenzie Weegar (face) continues to sit out. Now on the second pairing, Pysyk hit 20 minutes of ice time for only the second time this season. He has one goal and one assist in 15 games.
News: Brown collected his third point of the season with a helper in a 5-2 win over the Flyers on Tuesday.
Impact: The point is Brown's first in eight games, but surpasses his total of two points he scored in 37 games with the Panthers last season. Brown has averaged a measly 12:38 in ice time over his 18 games, as he has been stapled to the third line. With head coach Joel Quenneville heavily relying on his top four defenders, Brown is second to last in ice time amongst defenders who have played 18 games.
News: Sceviour picked up his second goal of the season in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Flyers.
Impact: Standing at the blue line, Sceviour probably wasn't looking goal when he threw the puck on net, but he wound up with his fifth point of the season. With five points in 21 games, Sceviour is on pace to put up his usual point total in the low 20's.
News: Bobrovsky allowed two goals on 37 shots in a 5-2 victory against the Flyers on Tuesday.
Impact: The 31-year-old finally turned in a solid performance for his owners at the expense of his original team. Bobrovsky has eight wins, but he's played a league-high 18 games, so he's not even winning half the time. He also has an .883 save percentage and a 3.37 GAA this season. Tuesday was the first time Bobrovsky posted a save percentage better than .910 and won since Oct. 27.
News: Bobrovsky was the first goalie off the ice, suggesting he'll get the start Tuesday against the Flyers, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky snapped a four-start winless streak in his last appearance, and he'll look to build on that effort against a Flyers team that's below league average with 2.90 goals per game. The two-time Vezina Trophy winner is still struggling to adjust to his new surroundings, as evidenced by Bobrovsky's uncharacteristic 3.53 GAA and .882 save percentage.
News: The Panthers recalled Toninato from AHL Springfield on Monday, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Panthers sent Dryden Hunt back to minors Sunday, so Toninato will get another shot with the big club. The 25-year-old winger managed a goal and seven PIM over three NHL games this year while averaging 8:47 of ice time. Toninato is expected to draw into the bottom six for Tuesday's matchup against the Flyers.
News: Hunt was placed on waivers Sunday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Hunt had appeared in all 20 games for the Panthers this season. averaging 10:48 of ice time in the process. However, the 23-year-old totaled just four assists. Assuming he clears, Hunt will head back to AHL Springfield where he played 51 games last season.
News: Bobrovsky made 30 saves in a 4-3 win over the Rangers on Saturday night.
Impact: Bob has struggled in the Florida heat, so it was nice to see him get back in the win column. He'd last been there Nov. 2. The Panthers are clawing their way to a potential postseason berth almost without this guy. So, watch out when Bobrovsky's game finally clicks in. Keep the faith.
News: Huberdeau put up three assists Saturday in a 4-3 win over the Rangers.
Impact: He has 27 points in 20 games so far and that includes 18 helpers. But he hasn't sniped a goal since Nov. 2, a span of six games. Still, Huberdeau is tied with Auston Matthews for seventh overall in league scoring and is a fantasy mainstay. Apply liberally and reap the rewards.
News: Dadonov scored twice, including the game winner, in a 4-3 win over the Rangers on Saturday.
Impact: He has 10 snipes this season and that ties him with the likes of Patrick Kane and Matthew Tkachuk for 14th overall in that category. Dadonov is on track to best his 70-point career high established last season. But beware that goal total -- his shooting percentage is 21.3, almost seven points higher than his average. Regression will occur.
News: Bobrovsky is the confirmed home starter for Saturday's matchup against the Rangers, David Work of WPLG Local 10 News reports.
Impact: Bobrovsky's struggles in Florida continue, as he's put together just one win in November and posted an .894 save percentage over five appearances. There seems to be no fear that Bobrovsky will come around eventually, but every dud he produces adds to the doubt. The Rangers are a tall task for Bobrovsky to conquer, too, as they've registered 3.35 goals per game and a respectable 21.7 power-play percentage.
News: Barkov scored his sixth goal in seven games during Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Jets.
Impact: During Barkov's current seven-game point streak the electric Finn has six goals and 12 points. After failing to score a goal for the first 12 games of the season, the dam has burst for Barkov, who is now eighth in the league in scoring with 25 points in 19 games.
News: Malgin was minus-2 with two shots and two hits in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Jets.
Impact: After a mid-October stretch of eight points in eight games, Malgin has gone quiet offensively. He only has one point over his last eight games, going minus-6 with 13 shots over that stretch. If Malgin can't get his offense going, the Panthers may take a second look at bringing Henrik Borgstrom up from AHL Springfield. Borgstrom has five points in nine games with the Thunderbirds and played 50 games last season for the Panthers.
News: Connolly was credited with an assist and two shots in a 4-3 loss to the Jets on Thursday.
Impact: That puts Connolly back on the scoresheet after failing to pick up a point for three straight, which up to this point was his longest drought of the season. With Vincent Trocheck back from a lower-body injury, Connolly should be able to continue his productive ways. He has 12 points in 19 games this season.
News: Boyle picked up an assist in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Jets.
Impact: A scramble around the Jets' goal saw Boyle's shot turned away, but Vincent Trocheck was able to pop in the rebound to tie the game up at 2-2. Usually a center, Boyle is skating as the second-line left winger with Trocheck and Brett Connolly. He has six points through his first 11 games with the Panthers.
News: Hoffman dished out two assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Jets.
Impact: Hoffman came out of the gate on fire with five goals and two assists in the season's first four games. He then went cold with just two points over the next 12 games, but Hoffman has heated back up with an active three-game point streak. The 29-year-old forward will need to find more consistency moving forward if he wants to come close to last season's career-best 70-point output.
News: Yandle dished out two assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Jets.
Impact: Yandle capitalized on a matchup against Winnipeg's vulnerable penalty kill, notching his ninth power-play point of the season. The veteran blueliner has 15 points overall through 19 games, including seven in his last four.
News: Trocheck scored twice on six shots in Thursday's 4-3 loss to Winnipeg.
Impact: Trocheck's pair of third-period tallies were overshadowed by Winnipeg's trio of goals in that frame. The 26-year-old center hadn't lit the lamp since Opening Night, but hopefully this performance can get him going.
News: Bobrovsky gave up four goals on 30 shots in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Jets.
Impact: This one was a defensive struggle through two before the teams combined for five goals in the third period, with three going Winnipeg's way. Bobrovsky continues to struggle, having allowed at least four goals in half of his 16 appearances this season. He's too good to bench, but you're not starting him with confidence at the moment.
News: Weegar (face) remains a week away from returning to the lineup, David Work of WPLG Local 10 News reports.
Impact: The news effectively rules Weegar out for the Panthers' next three games. The Ottawa native was rolling with 10 points in 17 games prior to getting hurt. Despite not logging any significant power-play minutes, the blueliner is putting together his best offensive season and could challenge for the 30-point mark.