SUNRISE — The Florida Panthers are soaring and the Philadelphia Flyers come to town riding a three-game losing streak with losses in four of their past five.
The Panthers say they are not going to get caught looking ahead.
This is a big couple of days for the Panthers.
With three games in the next four nights — two are at home, Friday in Washington — the Panthers would like to get a win tonight and move on to the next one.
”I think, right now, they are a desperate group,’’ said Radko Gudas, who spent four seasons in Philadelphia from 2015-19.
“They lost yesterday, so they are going to want to set the tone so we have to be ready for them after not playing the past few days. We have to be ready for them.”
Philadelphia lost 4-0 in Tampa Bay and have been struggling offensively of late.
On Tuesday, veteran center Derick Brassard got hurt and is not expected to play against the Panthers.
Top prospect Morgan Frost has been called up from AHL Lehigh Valley on an emergency basis.
Frost, the Flyers’ first-round pick in 2017, has seven points in 22 NHL games and has 15 points for the Phantoms this season.
“When we went to their building, they played us really hard,’’ Carter Verhaeghe said, refering to Florida’s 4-2 win at Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 23.
“It was a hard-fought game and we expect more of the same. They are a good team, have a lot of good players and some elite offensive players. We have to be sharp.”
The Panthers will again be without captain Sasha Barkov whom Andrew Brunette reiterated is still “week to week” even though he has been skating.
Florida is not going to rush Barkov.
“He is week to week, he is skating and we are reassessing daily,” Brunette said. “He is still a week, two weeks at least.”
Sergei Bobrovsky (8-0-2) will be back in net for the Panthers.
WHEELING AND DEALING
Florida Hockey Now is having a RED Friday sale going on (link above) and the Panthers are as well.
The team is offering a ‘Captain’s Holiday 4-Pack’ which includes four lower-level tickets to select games and an Barkov red home jersey for $160.
The team’s Black Friday ticket special is $20 upper-level and $35 lower-level tickets for select games.
For more information, CLICK HERE.
The Panthers’ team shop is also expecting to offer some deals this weekend, so check that out as well.
FUN FOR THE KIDS
The Panthers are offering an all-new Kids Club for those 14-and-under with three membership options which will give young fans access to special events, offers, merchandise and more.
Aside from a free membership club, there are two which can be purchased.
The All-Star pack costs $50 and includes two tickets to a game, early access to exclusive Kids Club events, a one-time 10 percent discount at the team shop, a concession credit and a backpack filled with goodies.
The Pro pack costs $25 and includes the tickets, concession and store credit as well as a drawstring bag filled with some swag.
For more information, CLICK HERE.
FLORIDA PANTHERS ON DECK
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS AT FLORIDA PANTHERS
- WHEN: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
- WHERE: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise
- TICKETS: CLICK HERE
- TV/STREAMING: Bally Sports Florida
- RADIO: WQAM 560
- Last season: Did not play
- This season: Florida 4, @Philadelphia 2 (Oct. 23)
- All-time regular season series: Flyers lead 55-35-5, 7 ties
- Odds via BetMGM: Florida (PL -1.5 +110) — (ML -225) — U/O 6
- Up next: Florida at Washington, Friday, 5; Carolina at Philadelphia, Friday, 3:30