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Saturday game preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers

Panthers’ power play vs. Toronto penalty kill

The Panthers, along with their intrastate rivals in Tampa Bay, were one of two teams averaging more than one power-play goal a game heading into Friday. The quarterback of the Panther power play is Keith Yandle, who co-led the league with Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov with 19 power-play points. But Florida had two other players, Jonathan Huberdeau and Mike Hoffman, ranked in the NHL top-10 in scoring with the man advantage. Considering the Panthers have gone two straight games without scoring on the PP, this after scoring two power-play goals in three of their previous five games, it’s possible they’re due.

NEED TO KNOW

Zach Hyman returns from a two-game suspension; he was paired with usual linemates John Tavares and Mitch Marner at Friday’s practice … Florida’s weakness is in goal: Their .904 5-on-5 team save percentage ranks fourth-worst in the league … Roberto Luongo, who’s been plagued by injuries, has been backed up by ex-Leafs goaltender James Reimer, who gave up five goals in his most recent start … The Panthers have lost four straight … The Maple Leafs have lost three of four … These two teams will see each other again soon — Thursday in Toronto, to be precise.

UP NEXT

Tuesday at New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m.

Dave Feschuk is a Toronto-based sports columnist. Follow him on Twitter: @dfeschuk



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