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NHL Preview: Chicago Blackhawks (5-7-0) at Florida Panthers (8-4-1)

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS NOTES:

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Nov. 11 – Placed Jarred Tinordi on IR retroactive to Nov. 9 … Recalled Isaak Phillips from Rockford …

TONIGHT’S OPPONENT – FLORIDA PANTHERS

The Blackhawks match up against the Florida Panthers for the second and final time this season after defeating the club 5-2 on Nov. 4 … In the victory, Philipp Kurashev recorded three points (1G, 2A), tying his career best … Connor Bedard, Nick Foligno, Taylor Hall and Nikita Zaitsev scored the other four goals for Chicago … Petr Mrazek made 38 saves on 40 shots … Twelve different players had at least one point in the win … The Blackhawks are 4-3-2 in their last nine games against the Panthers … Hall has 14 points (6G, 8A) in his last 14 games against Florida, including five multi-point efforts … Tyler Johnson has seven points (4G, 3A) over his last 10 games against the Panthers, including assists in three-straight contests.

BLACKHAWKS RECORD ON…

One-Day Rest: 1-1-0

Two-Days Rest: 1-4-0

Three+ Days Rest: 1-0-0

First Game of a B2B: 2-0-0

Second Game of a B2B: 0-2-0

BLACKHAWKS RECORD BY DAY

Monday: 1-1-0

Tuesday: 1-1-0

Wednesday: 0-1-0

Thursday: 1-1-0

Friday: 1-0-0

Saturday: 1-2-0

Sunday: 0-1-0

FLORIDA PANTHERS NOTES:

BAPTIST HEALTH INJURY REPORT

– D Aaron Ekblad | Games Missed: 13 – D Brandon Montour | Games Missed: 13 – F Sam Bennett | Games Missed: 5 Total Man Games Lost Due to Injury: 45 Games

LAST GAME Panthers 5, Hurricanes 2 – Nov. 10 – Amerant Bank Arena

FLA Goals: Tkachuk (3), Balinskis (1), Barkov (5), Verhaeghe (5), Stenlund (3)

CAR Goals: Kotkaniemi (6), Aho (3)

FLA Goalie: Bobrovsky (W) – 28 Saves

CAR Goalie: Raanta (L) – 30 Saves

FLA Shots: 35 CAR Shots: 30

Notes: Florida won their third straight game, their longest win streak of the season…Uvis Balinskis scored his first NHL goal…Matthew Tkachuk (1-1-2) posted two points, extending his point streak to five games (2-4-6)…Aleksander Barkov (1-1-2) scored a goal for the third straight game, extending his point streak to four games (3-3-6)…Sam Reinhart (0-2-2) produced multiple points for the third straight contest, his team-leading eighth multi-point outing of the season…Carter Verhaeghe logged two points (1-1- 2)…Sergei Bobrovsky won his fourth straight game, extending his points streak to six games (5-0-1)…Anton Lundell notched an assist for the third consecutive game (0-3-3)…Gustav Forsling posted an assist for his third point in as many games (1-2-3)…Evan Rodrigues registered an assist to extend his point streak to two games (1-2-3)…

FLA PP: 0-3

FLA PK: 2-2

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

– Nov. 11: F Rasmus Asplund loaned to Charlotte (AHL)

– Nov. 7: F Jonah Gadjovich loaned to Charlotte (AHL) on conditioning assignment

PANTHERS vs. BLACKHAWKS

ALL-TIME vs. CHI: 22-22-3-7

ALL-TIME HOME vs. CHI: 12-9-1-4

2023-24 vs. CHI: 0-1-0

CATS STATS

– Aleksander Barkov has amassed 27 points (8-19-27) over 25 career games against the Blackhawks. – Matthew Tkachuk has produced 18 points (7-11-18) over 17 total matchups vs. Chicago. – Carter Verhaeghe has recorded 13 points (4-9-13) over 12 games against the Blackhawks.

HOME SWEET HOME

The Panthers wrap up a two-game homestand tonight against Chicago owning a 5-1-0 record at Amerant Bank Arena this season, with wins in each of their past four contests on home ice. Florida’s .833 points percentage at home ranks fifth among NHL teams following games played Nov. 10, and their 37.2 shots on goal per game at home rank fourth. Sam Reinhart leads the Cats with four goals, five assists and nine points (4-5-9) on home ice, while Sergei Bobrovsky owns a 4-1-0 record at home this season.

CATS AND HAWKS

The Panthers will complete their two-game season series tonight against the Blackhawks looking to even up the series after falling at United Center on Nov. 4, 5-2. The Cats own a 5-2-0 record over Chicago in seven matchups since April 29, 2021, and have won each of their past six meetings with the Blackhawks on home ice since Jan. 17, 2021. Over Chicago’s past six visits to Amerant Bank Arena, the Panthers have outscored the Hawks 28-14.

COMEBACK CATS

The Panthers earned their second consecutive come-from-behind overtime win Nov. 8 at WSH. Down 3-2 entering the third period, Evan Rodrigues scored to force overtime where Sam Reinhart tallied his second career OT winner 15 seconds into the extra frame, the fastest OT goal in franchise history. On Nov. 6 vs. CBJ, Florida fell behind 4-3 in the third period before Nick Cousins tallied his second third-period goal of the season with 57 seconds remaining. In OT, Carter Verhaeghe scored in the extra frame to earn the Panthers first overtime win of the campaign.

(B)EAST MODE

The Panthers have yet to lose in regulation against an Eastern Conference opponent in 2023-24. Against Eastern Conference foes this season, Florida owns a 6-0-1 record.

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