Player News - Panthers

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James Reimer blocked 25 shots in a 7-0 shutout of Chicago Saturday night.

Reimer had his first shutout of the season while facing 25 shots by the top-ranked team in the Western conference. This was Reimer’s second consecutive win after beating Arizona Thursday night. He needed this confidence booster as Reimer has a losing record of 4-6-1 so far for the month of March. This was the first time he recorded back-to-back wins since late February.
Mar 25 - 11:42 PM

Jonathan Marchessault had a natural hat trick in 7-0 win against Chicago Saturday night.

Marchessault built off of his two-goal performance Thursday night against Arizona, by scoring three in Florida’s shutout of Chicago. This was Marchessault’s first career hat trick. His first goal came at the end of the second period and the next two came back-to-back in the first half of the third period for the natural hat trick. His first two goals were scored against Corey Crawford, who was pulled after letting in four goals. Scott Darling relieved Crawford during the third period and Marchessault scored his third goal against the backup. Marchessault added three goals to his season for a total of 28 goals and 48 points.
Mar 25 - 10:44 PM

Jaromir Jagr suffered a lower-body injury against the Blackhawks Saturday night and will not return to the game.

Jagr spent only 10 minutes on ice before the injury, which appeared to be to his left leg. He failed to make a single shot on goal before leaving the game.
Mar 25 - 9:25 PM

James Reimer will probably play between the pipes on Saturday.

Reimer earned a 22-save 3-1 victory against Arizona on Thursday. He has a 2.59 GAA and .918 save percentage in 37 games this season.
Mar 25 - 6:04 PM

Aaron Ekblad (neck) will miss the Panthers' next five games.

That's Saturday's contest and the entirety of the Panthers' upcoming road trip. Ekblad has a sore neck and has been dealing with headaches. Panthers coach/GM Tom Rowe said that it's not related to Ekblad's concussion, which he was cleared of, but Rowe regrets allowing Ekblad to return from it on Tuesday. "I’m not going to lie, I wish we didn’t," Rowe said of Ekblad playing Tuesday. "That’s on me. The doctors cleared him, our medical staff cleared him but I had some reservations and I wish I stayed with my gut. That’s no one’s fault but my own." After Ekblad's latest issue, the Panthers are going to be very conservative with him.
Mar 25 - 2:23 PM

Roberto Luongo (lower body) might make his return during the Panthers' upcoming road trip.

Florida will have a four-game road trip that will start on Monday in Buffalo and conclude on April 1 in Boston. He last played on March 2.
Mar 25 - 1:21 PM

Aaron Ekblad (neck) didn't practice on Friday and is experiencing headaches.

Given that Ekblad only recently returned from a concussion, the news that he has headaches might understandably sound concerning, but Panthers coach Tom Rowe said it's unrelated. "He has the headaches because of the neck injury," Rowe said. "There’s no reason to rush him back." Ekblad also dealt with headaches when he suffered whiplash back in September and in that instance he initially thought he had a concussion.
Mar 24 - 5:20 PM

Interim coach Tom Rowe wants more from Nick Bjugstad.

"Now that he's consistently with [Vanek and Marchessault], [Bjugstad] needs to use these next 10 games to get his game to the level where it needs to be," said Rowe. "... It's not acceptable for whatever amount of games he's played he's only got five goals." Rowe also pointed out that Bjugstad had 24 goals in 2015-16 and he wants to see that form again. Bjugstad earned an assist in Thursday's 3-1 win over Arizona to give him 10 points in 45 games this season.
Mar 24 - 9:12 AM

James Reimer stopped 22 of 23 shots in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Reimer gave up the game's first goal less than four minutes into the opening period, but he was able to keep the Coyotes off the board after that point. He now owns a 15-14-5 record with a 2.59 goals-against-average and a .918 save percentage. Reimer has two wins in his last three contests. The Panthers now find themselves seven points back of Boston for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Mar 23 - 11:32 PM

Jonathan Marchessault scored a pair of goals in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Marchessault scored both of his goals just 26 seconds apart late in the second period to give Florida 2-1 and 3-1 leads. The Panthers forward finished the game with six shots on goal and one hit in 14 minutes of ice time. Marchessault has 25 goals and 20 assists in 66 games this season. Shawn Thornton also found the back of the net for the Panthers.
Mar 23 - 11:26 PM

Jakub Kindl will play on Thursday against the Coyotes.

In 32 games this season the veteran defender has posted four points with 26 PIMs, 30 blocks and 40 hits.
Mar 23 - 6:58 PM

James Reimer will face the Coyotes on Thursday night.

Reimer has gone 2-6-1 in nine games since taking over for the injured Roberto Luongo. In that span, Reimer has posted a .911 save percentage and allowed 26 goals.
Mar 23 - 3:38 PM

Aaron Ekblad has been sidelined with a stiff neck, and will not play in Thursday's game against Arizona.

He noted that it's unrelated to his previous concussion. In 68 games this season, Ekblad has posted 10 goals and 21 points along with 58 PIMs, 62 blocks and 88 hits. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Mar 23 - 1:25 PM

Denis Malgin (concussion) participated in Wednesday's practice.

He alternated on the third line and appears to be fully recovered from a concussion he suffered on March 11th. "That wasn't fun, but I'm happy that it just went one week," Malgin said. "[I'm] feeling very good right now."
Mar 23 - 8:44 AM

Michael Matheson has been a key member of Florida's top-ranked penalty killing unit.

"He's been very good with his stick, which has been one of the areas he's improved the most on," interim coach Tom Rowe said. "He breaks up a lot of plays before they even get started. Obviously, he's become one of the better penalty killers that we have." Matheson has also contributed five goals, 15 points, 104 blocks and 166 shots, while averaging 20:48 of ice time per game.
Mar 23 - 8:36 AM


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