Florida hosts Winnipeg after Duclair’s 2-goal game
Winnipeg Jets (35-28-11, sixth in the Central) vs. Florida Panthers (52-15-6, first in the Atlantic)
Sunrise, Florida; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Florida hosts the Winnipeg Jets after Anthony Duclair scored two goals in the Panthers’ 3-2 overtime win against the Ducks.
The Panthers are 31-6-0 at home. Florida averages 11.2 points per game to lead the league, recording 4.1 goals and 7.0 assists per game.
The Jets are 16-13-8 on the road. Winnipeg ranks seventh in the Western Conference averaging 5.3 assists per game, led by Blake Wheeler with 0.7.
Florida defeated Winnipeg 5-3 in the last meeting between these teams on Jan. 25. Mason Marchment scored two goals for the Panthers in the win.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers with 105 points, scoring 28 goals and adding 77 assists. Aleksander Barkov has 10 assists over the last 10 games for Florida.
Kyle Connor has 85 total points while scoring 42 goals and totaling 43 assists for the Jets. Mark Scheifele has five goals and eight assists over the last 10 games for Winnipeg.
LAST 10 GAMES: Panthers: 9-1-0, averaging 4.6 goals, 7.5 assists, 3.5 penalties and 7.3 penalty minutes while giving up 3.2 goals per game with an .883 save percentage.
Jets: 5-4-1, averaging 2.8 goals, five assists, 3.1 penalties and 8.3 penalty minutes while allowing 3.1 goals per game with a .909 save percentage.
INJURIES: Panthers: Noel Acciari: out (upper body), Jonas Johansson: out (covid-19), Markus Nutivaara: out (undisclosed).
Jets: Logan Stanley: out (undisclosed), Mark Scheifele: day to day (upper-body), Blake Wheeler: day to day (upper body), Jansen Harkins: out (upper body).