The Florida Panthers are currently down 2–0 in the Stanley Cup Final to the Vegas Golden Knights, Game 3 will be played on home ice at the FLA Live Arena in Sunrise FL on Wednesday June 8. The Panthers are hoping to rally and force a Game 5 back in Las Vegas.
The Panthers were outscored 12–4 in the first two games of the series, They struggled to generate offense against the Golden Knights’ stingy defense, The Panthers also have been hurt by some costly penalties.
The Panthers are led by star forward Jonathan Huberdeau who has 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) in the playoffs, Huberdeau is one of the favorites to win the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP.
The Panthers are also counting on contributions from defenseman Aaron Ekblad who has been a force on both ends of the ice, Ekblad 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in the playoffs.
The Panthers must find a way to get their offense going if they want to win the Stanley Cup, They also need to play a more disciplined game and avoid unnecessary penalties, If the Panthers can do those things they’ll have a chance to force a Game 5 in Las Vegas.
Here are some other updates on the Florida Panthers:
The team has announced that forward Anton Lundell will miss the rest of the playoffs with a lower-body injury, Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has been named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the week ending June 5, Bobrovsky went 2–0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .966 save percentage.
The Panthers have set a new franchise record for wins in a season with 58, They have also set a new record for points in a season with 122.
The Panthers are hoping to create history and win their first Stanley Cup championship, They will need to play their best hockey if they want to achieve that goal.