Panthers aim for another goal-fest vs. Red Wings

The biggest issue that the Florida Panthers might have on Saturday is fighting overconfidence.The Panthers overwhelmed the Red Wings 7-2 on Friday night, and the teams will face each other once again Saturday afternoon in Detroit.”It’s a fresh game, it’s a fresh opportunity,” Florida coach Joel Quenneville said of his message to his team. “The slate’s clean, and let’s be motivated to be the best we can.”The Panthers were sharp from the start on Friday, racing to a 4-1 lead in the first period.”Really good speed, a lot of speed,” Quenneville said. “We did some really good things with the puck, made some nice plays. Everybody seemed to be moving well. …”You score early like that and you get momentum right off the bat. That’s what you look for on the road.”Patric Hornqvist led the Florida offense with two goals. Aleksander Barkov collected a goal and two assists, and Anthony Duclair had a goal and an assist.The Panthers’ defensemen also made offensive contributions. Keith Yandle had three assists, MacKenzie Weegar added a goal and an assist and Aaron Ekblad also scored. Weegar’s tally was his first of the season.”It was a good night offensively,” Quenneville said. “I liked our balance. I thought all the lines were effective. Everybody was doing what we’re looking to do both ways with the puck. Our penalty killing was good, the power play was effective, so we’re happy with our game. (Saturday) is a different challenge.”Hornqvist now leads the team with eight goals, but four others have tallied at least five times for a club that has lost in regulation just twice in its first 15 games.Chris Driedger was the winning goaltender, making 30 saves, but Sergei Bobrovsky likely will mind the net Saturday.Florida has won four of the five meetings with Detroit this season and Bobrovsky is 2-0-0 against the Red Wings. The Panthers have won six straight in Detroit, with the Red Wings’ last home victory over the Panthers coming on Jan. 5, 2018.

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