The Florida Panthers met a familiar foe on Friday morning as the second day of training camp was highlighted by a inter-squad scrimmage at FLA Live Arena.
Maxim Mamin, making his return to the Panthers after a couple of years playing in the KHL, had a noticeable day as he not only scored the only two goals for Team Blue but also got a shootout goal in what was a 3-2 win.
“He has the NHL attributes you’re looking for in a big winger,’’ coach Joel Quenneville said. “He can skate and move and shoot the puck. He was productive. I think he has the assets you look for to be that type of guy. This is a good opportunity for him to show he can play here and grab a spot. It won’t be easy for anyone. We’re six lines deep. But there are always some surprises — not that he’s surprising us — but there is some development as we go along.
“Nice first day. He really had one of those kind of days that can help you.”
The Panthers were without a couple of players although Quenneville categorized each injury as not being serious.
Joe Thornton was out after participating in Thursday’s opening workout with what Quenneville called a “minor strain.”
Rookie center Anton Lundell missed his second day of camp with an undisclosed ailment with Quenneville continuing to say he could skate Saturday although it could be after the two teams practice.
The biggest injury appears to be rookie defenseman John Ludvig who could miss a “couple of weeks” with a lower body injury.
Quenneville said it was nothing “major,” it will hamper Ludvig’s chances as he competes with a host of other defensemen for one of perhaps two spots on the opening night roster.
The Panthers are scheduled to have another two practices Saturday morning in Sunrise with a preseason doubleheader on Sunday against the visiting Nashville Predators.
It may just be the second day of camp, but the Panthers are trying to keep things lively in camp and having an preseason game come so early should help with that.
After Sunday, the Panthers will not have another exhibition game until Wednesday when they travel to Dallas to take on the Stars at AmericanAirlines Center.
The Panthers confirmed that they will stream all preseason games on their official website.
“I think playing games help,” Quenneville said about trying to keep things fresh during a three-week camp before the Oct. 14 opener against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins. “Days off help. Short, sweet and to the point helps as well. You can add some things technically so things aren’t always the same.
“You don’t want the routine to be the same so guys get tired of it. But you have scrimmages, then the games, we have special teams. It’s just having a feel for the players. They want to play for keeps. We want to be affective when it counts.”
Said defenseman Brandon Montour: “We’re getting the speed back up. Guys have been off for a while and we’re trying to get the pace going. It can be a little sloppy because we have only practiced once before. That happens early on. It’s going to keep getting better and better.”