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Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey  Attendance: 15,927

Panthers close out New York-area trip against Devils

Florida Panthers at New Jersey Devils

  1. Florida has won seven of the last eight games against New Jersey and six of those eight have been decided by one goal. The Panthers held the Devils to 13 combined goals in those eight games.
  2. The Panthers completed the comeback against the Islanders, winning 3-2 in overtime despite trailing 2-0 in the third period. It was their second comeback victory when trailing by at least two goals in the third period since last season -- they had one such comeback in the previous two seasons combined.
  3. The Devils lost at home against Nashville on Thursday, 4-3 in overtime, and have now lost three in a row after winning their first four games. They surrendered just four combined goals in their first four games but have given up 14 in their last three.
  4. Mike Hoffman scored the game winning goal against New York, his third consecutive game with a goal and sixth consecutive game with at least one point. His six straight games with a point is tied for the second-longest active streak in the NHL (Carolina's Sebastian Aho -- nine straight).
  5. Nico Hischier had two goals against the Predators, his third career multi-goal game. He now has 23 career goals, most by any player currently 19 years old or younger -- the next closest skater has five.
  6. The Devils have given up just three goals in the first period this season, fewest in the NHL. The Panthers are right behind with four goals against in the first, tied with Tampa Bay for second-fewest.

On Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center, the Florida Panthers conclude a weeklong residency in the Metro New York area with an off-Broadway matinee against the New Jersey Devils.

The Panthers (2-3-3) arrived in New York on Monday, dropped a 5-2 decision to the Rangers on Tuesday, rallied for a 3-2 overtime victory over the Islanders on Wednesday and followed a day off Thursday filled with appearances at the NHL store and on NHL Network by several star players with a spirited practice on Friday.

Next is a noon start against the Devils (4-2-1) on Saturday.

"Winning how we did (against the Islanders), tying the game in the third period and winning in overtime, gives us a lot of confidence going forward," Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov said after Friday's practice. "We just need to bring the same energy we had last game to New Jersey."

Despite playing on consecutive nights, the Panthers erased a two-goal deficit in the final period against the Islanders. Mike Hoffman capped the comeback with his fourth goal of the season for the overtime win.

Barkov assisted on the game-winner and had two assists. He now has six points in the last five games.

Teammate Evgenii Dadonov, who scored his fourth goal on Wednesday, carries a five-game point-scoring streak into Saturday's matchup with New Jersey.

"In hockey, you're always looking for a spark, and I think we're feeling inspired by that third-period comeback in Brooklyn," Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad told the team's website.

While the Panthers seek their first consecutive wins of the season, as well as their first in regulation, the Devils hunt their first victory since Oct. 16.

New Jersey started the season with four consecutive victories but remains winless since then with two regulation losses and, most recently, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

Nico Hischier scored twice in the loss, Taylor Hall extended his point-scoring streak to six games and Kyle Palmieri notched his team-high 11th point. Yet the Devils let a one-goal slip away late in the third period Thursday before Nashville's Kyle Turris scored the deciding goal in overtime.

"I think we did a pretty good job of playing back to a type of game we need to play," Devils captain Andy Greene said of the team's effort on Thursday.

Already missing injured forwards Jesper Bratt and Drew Stafford, goalie Cory Schneider and defensemen Steven Santini and Ben Lovejoy, the Devils practiced without center Marcus Johansson on Friday. He was absent because of an illness and is questionable to play against the Panthers.

In addition, the Devils sent forward John Quenneville back to the minors on Friday and recalled rookie winger Joey Anderson from AHL Binghamton. Anderson had two goals and five points in eight minor league games this season.

"There are some guys on our team right now who sometimes when they have the chance to shoot the puck from quality areas, they are bypassing the shots," Devils coach John Hynes said. "For us, it has to be more pucks to the net, getting into the areas where you're going to score goals. We need that from more of our forwards in the lineup."

After Saturday's game, the Devils hit the road to play seven consecutive games away from the Prudential Center. So far, they played only once on the road, a 5-2 loss to the Flyers in Philadelphia last Saturday.

The Panthers will leave New Jersey and head to Finland next week as part of the NHL Global Series. They will play two games against the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 1-2.

"I can't believe it's really going to happen," said Barkov, a Finnish native. "I'm going back to Finland in a couple days. I can't wait to see the atmosphere."

Updated October 26, 2018

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