MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The agelong hold is astir implicit arsenic the Florida Panthers instrumentality to the crystal for their play opener connected Thursday.
This play is simply a mean 1 aft the past 2 seasons were altered by the planetary pandemic.
Eighty-two games, afloat travel, playing each different team, conscionable similar it utilized to be.
The Panthers are 1 of the favorites this twelvemonth to vie for the Stanley Cup.
There is simply a bully crushed wherefore truthful galore radical are truthful precocious connected Joel Quenneville’s team.
Start with him and his 3 Stanley Cups arsenic an NHL caput coach. Coach Q is 2nd all-time successful wins and 38 distant from an unthinkable 1,000 coaching wins.
Then, determination is 1 of the champion 1-2 punches successful the NHL successful Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau.
Add successful 1 of the apical antiaircraft pairs successful Aaron Ekblad and MacKenzie Weegar.
Last season, the Panthers finished 4th successful the NHL standings and gave the Stanley Cup champion Lightning each they could grip successful the archetypal circular playoff series.
The Cats bring each of their apical players backmost and person added a apical subordinate successful guardant Sam Reinhart.
Acquired successful a commercialized from Buffalo, Reinhart is simply a morganatic scorer and volition commencement the play playing with Barkov.
The Cats besides added fable Joe Thornton. The 42-year-old has ne'er won a Stanley Cup and helium chose the Panthers arsenic his squad for his 24th NHL play to effort and hoist that cup.
In goal, Sergei Bobrovsky gets the opening nighttime start.
Twenty-year-old phenom Spencer Knight volition get his opportunities aboriginal successful the season, possibly arsenic soon arsenic the 2nd game, Saturday against the Islanders.
The bottommost enactment is, arsenic the play develops the champion goalie volition play. It is beauteous simple.
A bully commencement to the play ever goes a agelong mode due to the fact that the Panthers person spent excessively galore seasons chasing the pack.
Last year, they played good close from the get-go and cruised into the playoffs.
A instrumentality to the postseason is acold from guaranteed successful the precise pugnacious Atlantic part and eastbound conference.
The Cats looked bully successful grooming camp, playing with bully velocity and accumulation successful going 5-2 successful preseason games.
But, it is clip to driblet the puck for real.