Finally healthy, Panthers come flying out of holiday pause with a couple big wins on home ice
After shuffling nearly a dozen players in and out of COVID-19 protocols over the past several weeks, a replenished Florida roster resumed its post-Christmas schedule with back-to-back home games against two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
Lankinen, Blackhawks beat Panthers 3-0 for 2nd straight win
Kevin Lankinen of the Chicago Blackhawks stops a shot by Anthony Duclair of the Florida Panthers at the United Center on March 25, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. CHICAGO – Kevin Lankinen made 41 saves in his second career shutout, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the short-handed Florida Panthers 3-0. Patrick Kane and Brandon Hagel each had a goal and an assist as Chicago earned its second straight victory against Florida after dropping their first four meetings this season. Led by Lankinen, the Blackhawks killed off each of the Panthers’ six power plays. The rookie goaltender also denied Jonathan Huberdeau on a rare 3-on-0 break with about three minutes left in the second period.
Driedger, Panthers bounce back to beat Predators 2-0
Anthony Duclair talks to Anton Stralman of the Florida Panthers talk while playing the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on February 20, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. SUNRISE, Fla. – Chris Driedger stopped 21 shots, Aleksander Barkov and Anthony Duclair scored, and the Florida Panthers dominated the Nashville Predators in a 2-0 victory. Nashville’s Juuse Saros stopped 47 of 48 shots, but the Predators couldn’t solve Saros, making his first start since March 7. Nashville beat the Panthers 2-1 on Thursday, but Florida improved to 9-0-1 following a loss this season. Duclair and MacKenzie Weegar assisted on Barkov’s goal, and Weegar stretched his career-best points streak to seven games.
Barkov scores twice as Panthers beat Blackhawks 4-2
Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers skates against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on February 20, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. SUNRISE, Fla. – Aleksander Barkov had two goals and an assist, and the Florida Panthers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2. Carter Verhaeghe added a goal and an assist as the Panthers earned their third straight win. Brandon Hagel and Adam Boqvist scored for the Blackhawks, which lost to the Panthers for the third time this season. Florida grabbed control with three goals in a scoring burst in the second period.
Lighting offense explodes in 6-1 route of Panthers
Barclay Goodrow of the Tampa Bay Lightning scores a third period goal against Sergei Bobrovsky of the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on February 13, 2021 in Sunrise, Florida. SUNRISE, Fla. – Tyler Johnson scored two of Tampa Bay’s four goals in the second period and the Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 6-1. Frank Vatrano scored in the third period for the Panthers. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky struggled in the loss for Florida, allowing six goals on just 28 shots. Anthony Duclair, who missed the Panthers previous game after being added to the NHL’s COVID Protocol List, played Saturday after being removed from the list earlier in the day.
Anthony Duclair added to NHL’s COVID Protocol List as Panthers prepare to face Tampa
Panthers forward Anthony Duclair was a new addition to the NHL’s daily Players Unavailable Due to COVID Protocol List when it came out on Thursday afternoon. That meant the top line winger would miss at least Florida’s Thursday night game against cross-state rival Tampa Bay. It’s also worth noting that a player’s appearance on the league’s COVID list does not mean the player has tested positive for COVID-19. AdPer the NHL: Such “COVID Protocol Related Absences” can be the result of a number of factors including, among others: (1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact in accordance with the Positive Test Protocol; (4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; (5) quarantine for travel or other reasons as outlined in the COVID-19 Protocol. Though he has yet to find the back of the net, Duclair is tied for the team lead with six even strength points.
Duclair, Wennberg shine on Day 1 of Panthers camp
Panthers forward Anthony Duclair skates on the first day of training camp at the BB&T Center. Teams across the NHL took the ice for the first time in months as training camp practices got underway, and that includes the Florida Panthers. UNFIT TO PLAYOf the 39 players on Florida’s training camp roster, five were absent from the two on-ice workouts that took place Monday at the BB&T Center. I think he can be a great asset on our line.”It was as good of a start as anyone in Sunrise could’ve hoped for, taking into consideration that it was still just a training camp practice. “I thought Duke and had a really good practice,” Quenneville said.
Panthers coach Joel Quenneville breaks down training camp, discusses new players and open roster spots
LET’S GO CAMPINGThe Panthers will be split into two groups at the start of camp: Team Blue and Team Red. Florida’s training camp roster has 39 players on it (21 forwards, 13 defenseman and 5 goalies) so it’s not that difficult to split the squad into two relatively equal teams. “Ekblad can handle more workload on the back end on a power play. Keeper and Priskie I think are power play guys. “It’s a short training camp, there’s no exhibition games, so they want to get down to business right away and they want to play for keeps.”
Chirping the Cats podcast: Episode 29 - New NHL season details, Panthers sign Anthony Duclair
SUNRISE, Fla. – On Episode 29 of the Chirping the Cats Podcast host David Dwork is joined by Local 10′s Ian Margol. The two goaltenders and hockey aficionados dive into the details of the NHL’s plan for the 2020-21 season, including roster sizes, important dates and Florida’s newly aligned division. Dave and Ian also discuss the Panthers signing of speedy winger Anthony Duclair and where he fits in Florida’s forward ranks, as well as the attempt by new GM Bill Zito to change the culture in and around the Cats’ dressing room. SUBSCRIBE TO THE CTC PODCAST - iOS | Android0:35 – NHL officially announces 56-game season2:30 – Changing the Panthers culture11:15 – Who makes Panthers Taxi Squad? 14:15 – Panthers sign Anthony Duclair to prove-it deal21:45 – Ian’s excited to see what Carter Verhaeghe can do23:50 – Entering training camp, Panthers top six has several possibilities27:30 – Florida’s younger players have lots to prove, but will have plenty of chances to impress30:05 – Dave and Ian gush over Spencer Knight35:15 – Examining new Central Division; who will be Florida’s biggest rival (other than Tampa)?
Anthony Duclair is betting on himself, choosing to sign with Panthers for just $1.7M
SUNRISE, Fla. – If anybody is confident in what Anthony Duclair can bring to the table, it’s his agent…Anthony Duclair. Spanning parts of two seasons in Ottawa, Duclair appeared to flourish despite the lack of talent around him. The knock on Duclair throughout his career has been inconsistency, and he didn’t help his cause in that regard in Ottawa. I’m just happy to join Bill Zito’s team and the team in Florida.”New Florida Panthers winger Anthony Duclair speaks to the media on a Zoom call. I’m going to a team where I’m pretty familiar with a lot of guys and that’s going to be great.
Panthers sign speedy scoring winger Anthony Duclair to one-year deal
Anthony Duclair of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on January 10, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Florida signed speedy winger Anthony Duclair to a one-year deal, adding some scoring pop to the Panthers forward ranks. The contract is reportedly worth $1.7 million, which sure seems like a bargain for a guy who has averaged 21 goals over the past two seasons. “He possesses tremendous speed and goal scoring ability and earned an opportunity to be named an NHL All-Star last season. The Blue Jackets signed Duclair during the summer of 2018 to a prove-it deal, and he responded by flashing the skills he’s continued developing, but on a much more consistent basis.