Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 28: Florida Panthers

Pittsburgh Penguins (17-9-1) @ Florida Panthers (7-14-5)
Root Sports, FS-F- 7:00 pm/et 
BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL

(Image via the Panthers website.)

The Florida trip continues for the Pens.


Leading Scorers:

Penguins: Sidney Crosby (13G, 23A: 36P)
Panthers: Brad Boyes (8G, 5A: 13P)

Starting Goaltenders:

Penguins: Jeff Zatkoff (3-2-0, 3.18 GAA, .877 Sv%)
Panthers: Tim Thomas (6-8-1, 2.75 GAA, .909 Sv%)

Last Games:

Penguins: Defeated Tampa Bay Lighting 3-0.
Panthers: Lost to New York Rangers 5-2.

Previews from Team Websites:  [Penguins] [Panthers]

Opposition Blog: [Litter Box Cats]
What They're Saying: "Florida Panthers Open Forum"

The Florida Panthers get Black Friday off as they prepare to resume their five-game homestand by welcoming the Pittsburgh Penguins to town tomorrow night. The Panthers were beaten 5-2 by the New York Rangers on Thanksgiving Eve, so they will be looking to get well by posting a second-straight win this season over Sid The Kid and the rest of the Pens.

Florida is currently 11 points behind current Eastern Conference wildcard holders, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, making these next three home games very important if the Cats ever plan on climbing into the thick of the playoff chase.

What Happened Last Time: October 11, 2013 – Pens lost 6-3 [Our Recap]

In a 48-game schedule, this loss would be something. In an 82-game season, it is nothing more than the fourth game in season. It’s not easy to win on the road, especially when it’s a team’s home opener, and this game was an example of that. The Lightning smoked the Panthers Thursday night, so the Panthers were coming into their home opener needing to play well, and they did. The Pens, meanwhile, decided to give the Panthers some extra ammo by saying they were the weaker opponent of the back-to-back the Pens are on, which is why Jeff Zatkoff got the start in goal.

And it didn't turn out too well for Jeff. His save percentage was .800.

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Jeff Zatkoff. Because he might have to stop the puck in the third period today.

Panthers Player(s) to Watch: Tim Thomas. Because this kind of feels like a game where he'll stand on his head.

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: 

Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Daily Faceoff:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
Jussi Jokinen – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Chris Conner – Brandon Sutter – Andrew Ebbett
Craig Adams – Joe Vitale – Jayson Megna
Deryk Engelland – Brooks Orpik
Olli Maatta – Kris Letang
Simon Despres – Matt Niskanen
Jeff Zatkoff 

Florida Panthers lines from Daily Faceoff:

Jonathan Huberdeau – Nick Bjugstad – Tomas Fleischmann
Scottie Upshall – Aleksander Barkov – Brad Boyes 
Marcel Goc – Scott Gomez – Sean Bergenheim
Jimmy Hayes –  Shawn Matthias – Jesse Winchester
Brian Campbell – Tom Gilbert 
Erik Gudbranson – Dylan Olsen
Dmitry Kulikov – Mike Weaver 
Tim Thomas