As the Panthers get set to face the New York Rangers Saturday night Dec. 7, Mike Lewis of the Panthers provided a press release.
A STAR IS BORN
On Dec. 3, the NHL named Jonathan Huberdeau ‘Third Star of the Week’, for the week ending Dec. 2 after leading the NHL with nine points (1-8-9) in four games. Since Nov. 24, the 25-year old native of SaintJerome, Quebec, leads the NHL with 14 points (3-11-14) over seven games and registered six consecutive multi-point games in that span from Nov. 24-Dec. 4. Only Pavel Bure (7 games, March 11-23, 2001) has registered more consecutive multi-point outings in franchise history. During Huberdeau’s point streak he recorded four consecutive multi-assist games, making him the first Panther to ever do so. With threepoints (1-2-3) on Dec. 4 vs. BOS, Huberdeau surpassed Nathan Horton (295) for sole possession of fourth on the Panthers franchise points list. He is two assists away from passing Scott Mellanby for fourth in franchise assists and two points from his 300th NHL point. Huberdeau leads the Panthers with 31 points (7-24-31). His 24 assists on the season leads the Panthers, while 16 of those assists have been registered as primary assists, the most on the club in that category. Huberdeau leads the Panthers with 11 multipoint games this season.
Panthers Captain Aleksander Barkov has recorded 17 points (8-9-17) over his last 16 games. The 23-year old native of Tampere, Finland,stands at seventh on Florida’s franchise goals list (110) and eighth on the franchise points list. (272). Following his career-best (tied) three-assist game on Dec. 4 vs. BOS, Barkov tied Rob Niedermayer (165) for seventh on the franchise assists list. This season, the All-Star forward ranks first in the NHL with 46 takeaways, while his 23:00 TOI per game average ranks him first in the NHL among forwards and leads the Panthers. He owns a team-best 54.3 faceoff win percentage, while winning 62.4% of his faceoffs on the power play. In the shootout this season, Barkov owns a 66.7% success rate (2/3) and in NHL history among players who have had at least 35 shootout attempts, Barkov ranks second all-time (21/38 – 55.3%).
WE HAVE LIFT HOFF
With his first multi-goal game (2G) as a Panther on Dec. 4 vs. BOS , Mike Hoffman enters tonight’s game ranking as Florida’s leading goal scorer (14). He has recorded 17 points (8-9-17) over his last 16 games. Hoffman has registered at least one shot in each of Florida’s games this season and has notched a point in 21 of Florida’s 27 games played. He leads the Cats in even-strength goals (8) and game-winning goals (3), while tied for the team lead in power-play tallies (6) and is the first Panther this season to break the 100-shot mark (105). The 29-year old native of Kitchener, Ontario, set a franchise record 17-game point streak (10-10-20), from Oct. 13-Nov. 21, the longest point streak registered in the NHL this season. His 17- game point streak made him only the fifth player in NHL history to have registered a point streak of at least 17 games in his first season with a new team.
LU CAN DO IT
Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo earned his 77th NHL shutout with a 33-save performance on Dec. 4 vs. BOS, breaking his tie with Tony Esposito and Ed Belfour for sole possession of ninth in all-time shutouts. He enters tonight’s contest nine wins away from passing Belfour for third all-time in goaltending wins. One of only three netminders in history to play in 1,000 NHL games, the 39-year old native of Montreal, Quebec stands 18 games shy of passing Patrick Roy for second all-time in games played by a goaltender.
Games Played Wins Shutouts
1. Martin Brodeur (1,266) 2. Patrick Roy (551) T-6. Dominik Hasek (81)
2. Patrick Roy (1,029) 3. Ed Belfour (484) T-6. Alec Connell/Tiny Thompson (81)
3. Roberto Luongo (1,012) 4. Roberto Luongo (476) 9. Roberto Luongo (77)
Evgenii Dadonov enters tonight’s game riding a six-game point streak (4-4-8). Tied for the Panthers lead in power-play goals (6), Dadonov has tallied a power-play goal in four of his last five games. From Nov. 28-Dec. 4, Dadonov recorded power play goals in four consecutive games, a franchise record. His 13 goals and 27 points on the season rank second on Florida. The 29-year old native of Chelyabinsk, Russia registered a 12-game point streak from Oct. 16-Nov. 13, the third-longest in franchise history, making him only the third-ever Panther (Mike Hoffman, Pavel Bure) to have registered points in 12 consecutive games.
Over their last 18 games (since Nov. 1), the Panthers own a 33.8% (23-68) power-play success rate, ranking them second in the NHL. Over the 18-game span, Keith Yandle has registered a league-leading 15 powerplay points, while Evgenii Dadonov has tallied on the man advantage five times. On the season, Dadonov and Mike Hoffman lead the Panthers in power-play tallies (6). The Cats have scored at least one goal on the power play in 17 of their last 18 games, including each of their last seven games. Florida scored a power play goal in 10 straight games from Nov. 1 to Nov. 21, a franchise record. On the season, the Cats’ power play ranks fifth in the NHL (26.9). Their 29 power play tallies this season stands tied for first in the NHL.
Keith Yandle enters the 2018-19 season as the NHL’s active iron man leader, having played in 742 consecutive NHL regular season games. His consecutive games played streak ranks sixth-longest in NHL history after surpassing Jay Bouwmeester (737) on Nov. 28 vs. ANA. Yandle currently leads all Panthers defensemen in points (25) and assists (21), while tied for the league lead in power-play points (17). He has registered 10 points (1-9-10), including nine on the power play, over his last 12 games. Yandle recorded his 400th NHL assist on Dec. 1 vs. TBL, making him the 62nd defenseman in NHL history and 12th U.S.-born defenseman to reach 400 assists. His seven-game point streak this season from Oct. 24-Nov. 11, stands as the Panthers franchise record for points in consecutive games by a defenseman.
EK’S GON GIVE IT TO YA
Over his last 13 games, Aaron Ekblad has registered 10 points (6-4-10). The 22-year old native of Windsor, Ontario, ranks first on the club in goals scored by defensemen (6). He is three goals away from passing Robert Svehla (61) for first in franchise history for goals by a defenseman. Ekblad owns a team leading plus-six rating on home ice.
Florida concludesits season-long eight-game homestand tonight (3-2-2). Over the seven games at home,Jonathan Huberdeau has notched a team-leading 14 points (3-11-14), while Evgenii Dadonov and Mike Hoffman have each scored a team-best four goals. In the seven-game span, 13 different Panthers players have posted points. The Cats enter tonight’s game with a 31.0 PP% during the
-Mike Lewis, Florida Panthers