The Panthers will attempt to push their winning stream to three games for the first time this season. Team leader in points, Jonathan Marchessault (eight goals, six assists), and goaltender Roberto Luongo (2.36 goals against average, .916 save percentage) will look to extend their solid starts to the 2016-17 campaign. The Panthers picked up two key veteran defensemen in the offseason in Keith Yandle (zero goals, eight assists) and Jason Demers (two goals, five assists) to round out their otherwise inexperienced defensive corps. Look for the Panthers to lean heavily on their veteran d-men and Luongo as they attempt to hold off a young and unpredictable Leafs’ lineup.
NHL Odds: Leafs look to build on a strong game in matchup with PanthersThe Toronto Maple Leafs (7-6-3) host the Florida Panthers (8-7-1) after a convincing 6-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. The Panthers, meanwhile, are coming off a second straight overtime victory, after beating the league-leading Montreal Canadians 4-3 at the Bell Centre.
The Leafs will need their offense to perform on Thursday (7:30 PM ET on TSN4) if they hope to come out on top in this matchup. Leafs’ starting goalie Fredrik Andersen ranks 27th in goals against average (3.32) and 19th in save percentage (.904) amongst NHL goalies with at least 10 starts, so they won’t be able to rely on their goaltending in this one.