Thursday, March 4

Panthers aim to continue success on the road against Red Wings

The Florida Panthers can thank the Detroit Red Wings for contributing to their strong road start. In fact, they’ve done quite well in Detroit over the years.

Looking to match a club record with at least one point in each of their first seven road games, the Panthers are aiming for a fifth straight road win over the Red Wings on Friday night.

Florida ranks among the top teams in the NHL for the first month of the season with 10 wins and 22 points from 14 games, in large part because of their 5-0-1 road record. The Panthers earned points in their first seven road games (4-0-3) in 1996-97.

“We feel good,” said forward Jonathan Huberdeau, who posted five of his team’s 20 points as the Panthers won at Tampa Bay and Carolina on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.

“It’s a lot more fun when you win. That’s what we’re doing. We’re playing as a team. Everyone’s supporting each other. … We have to keep going. We have two more games (on a four-game road trip) in Detroit. “

Florida’s current four-game win streak began with 3-2 victories at Detroit from January 30-31. Since November 2009, the Panthers are 14-2-1 in Detroit. Huberdeau has two goals with 11 assists in 13 career games at Detroit, and 13 points during his last eight against the Wings overall.

Sergei Bobrovsky of the Panthers won five consecutive starts against Detroit and stopped 56 of 59 shots while recording a road and home win against the Red Wings this season. His teammate Chris Driedger split his two starts against the Red Wings in 2020-21.

One of the Red Wings’ four victories this season came in Florida, a 4-1 decision on February 7. However, Detroit will try to stop a 0-2-2 record at home after Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to Chicago. Of the Wings’ six total losses at home this season, two were into overtime and four were decided by a goal.

“It’s a challenge, there’s no question,” coach Jeff Blashill said on the official Red Wings website. “You can’t be satisfied with close losses. But you have to watch (the) process. I don’t want to be satisfied with the fact that we have played quite well, but we haven’t won enough games.”

“We cannot get frustrated and take steps backwards.”

Detroit’s Jonathan Bernier stopped 24 of 25 shots against the Blackhawks and is averaging 1.52 goals against while splitting his last two starts. His teammate Thomas Griess, meanwhile, owns an average of 2.64 goals against during his current 0-2-1 streak. That started against the Panthers, who are 1-2-1 with a GAA of 2.27 in 2020-21.

Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin recorded one goal and one assist during the previous two home games against Florida to conclude January. However, he only has one point in eight February contests.

Also forward Anthony Mantha has scored one goal in three straight home games against Florida, but only one goal and one assist in his last six games overall.

These teams will play again on Saturday in Detroit.

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