While the Florida Panthers remain the NHL team of the hour, the Dallas Stars have conceded their seventh straight away loss with Michael Raffl. Raffl couldn’t prevent the 3-1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but went ahead with six checks as the team’s aggressive leader. A day after Raffl’s Stars (1-7), Columbus felt the impact of Florida as the leaders swept 9-2 over the Blue Jackets.
Once again this season, the Panthers could rely on their broad attack. With Jonathan Huberdeau, who is just one point behind league top scorer Leon Draisaitl with 53 points, Anthony Duclair, Alexander Barkow and Sam Bennett, Florida has four players in the squad who have already scored at least 15 goals. Another seven hold at least seven hits.
No other team has as many shots on goal on average (37.1 shots per game). “Confidence is a big thing in the NHL, and I can tell you firsthand that every man in this room has a lot of confidence,” said Florida defenseman MacKenzie Weegar.
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