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FHN Today: Florida Panthers Looking for Treats on Road Trip
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The Florida Panthers will celebrate Halloween today with a light practice before boarding a flight to Arizona where they will kick off a four-game road trip tomorrow in Tempe.
The Panthers wrapped up their opening month of the season with five wins in nine games — getting points in six of them.
Not a blistering start by any means, but a good one.
Now, Florida heads onto the road with a very manageable trip which features three teams which were not in the playoffs last season — and those three teams currently residing at the bottom of their division standings.
The Panthers open at the new home of the Coyotes on the Arizona State campus.
The team, and the NHL, hopes this is a temporary spot.
On Sunday, Craig Morgan of gophnx.com reported that the Tempe city council may put the future of the Coyotes’ planned arena and entertainment district up for vote sometime in 2023 — which would place the team’s fate in the Valley up to voters.
FLORIDA HOCKEY NOW
Sasha Barkov may not have heard his personal goal song after scoring for the first time this season on Saturday night.
But it’s a beaut, Clark.
— With Aaron Ekblad out since the third game of the season, the Panthers have been getting additional contributions from Josh Mahura and Mat Kiersted.
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NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW
The Boston Bruins are talking with star forward David Pastrnak but are apparently not close on money.
Could talks shut down as we get deeper into the season?
— Taking stock of the Detroit Red Wings after the first month of the season.
— The Philadelphia Flyers continue to show themselves as better than we thought as they fought back before losing to Carolina in OT.
— T.J. Oshie is hurt again as is John Carlson as the Washington Capitals were not celebrating after beating the Preds.
— The New York Islanders are on fire of late, rallying to beat the Avs on Saturday night.
— The Pittsburgh Penguins head home riding a four-game losing streak.
PANTHERS ON DECK
FLORIDA PANTHERS AT ARIZONA COYOTES
- When: Tuesday, 10 p.m.
- Where: Arizona State Mullett Arena, Tempe
- TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida, ESPN+
- Radio: WPOW 96.5-FM2; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
- Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932
- Last season: Florida won 2-0
- All-time regular season series: Arizona leads 19-16-2, 3 ties
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Certainly not a bad start per se, but just going by the numbers on paper and honestly we should have a better record than we do, I don’t think anybody’s going to deny that. But the reality is…. New coaches/ assistant coaches, new system, changes on every line, changes on every defensive pairing, early injuries……. With all of that, I’ll happily take where we’re at and I’m even more thankful that Toronto and Tampa have had early season troubles as well. Boston seems to be the only team that is a legitimate threat that hit the ground running in our… Read more »
I think a lot of folks would be thrilled at 6-3-1 and Florida should have pulled out a win in Philadelphia and could have won its game with Tampa Bay. This team is working through some stuff – which we knew they would – and are off to a good start all things considered. Winning three of four on this trip should be expected.