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BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida Attendance: 9,456
Devils, Panthers meet trying to end struggles
New Jersey Devils at Florida Panthers
- The Devils won the first matchup between these teams this season, but the Panthers have gone 7-3-0 (.700) against the Devils since the 2015-16 season. New Jersey led 3-0 after two periods in that first matchup before allowing two third-period goals.
- The Devils have gone 2-9-0 (.182) in road games this season but hold a 7-1-3 (.773) record at home. This disparity in winning percentage (-.591) is the largest in the NHL. The team is averaging over a goal-per-game less on the road this season (3.64 at home, 2.27 on the road).
- The Panthers have scored at least four goals in each of their last four home games. They won three of those games but lost, 5-4, in overtime to the Blackhawks in their last outing. They have a power-play goal in each of their last five home games, the longest active streak in the NHL.
- Mike Hoffman had a goal and an assist in his last game, his 18th game of the season with at least one point. Only Connor McDavid (20) and Max Domi (19) have recorded a point in more games this season.
- Kyle Palmieri has failed to record a point in his last two games -- the Devils have lost the last six games in which Palmieri hasn't tallied a point. They have won each of the last three games he had a point.
- Mike Matheson scored against the Devils last time these teams met -- that was Matheson's first point of the season, and he has recorded eight since. In his career, Matheson has five points against the Devils, which is his most against any opponent.
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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Two struggling teams - the host Florida Panthers and the New Jersey Devils -- will meet Monday night at the BB&T Center.
The Devils, who lost 5-2 to the host Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night, will be playing on shorter rest than Florida. The Devils (9-10-3) are also last in the Metropolitan Division with 21 points and are 2-9-0 on the road.
Devils left winger Taylor Hall, who won league MVP honors last season when he scored 39 goals and dished out 54 assists, was held without a point on Sunday.
So far this season, he has seven goals and 16 assists in 22 games. He has no power-play goals this season after getting 13 with the man advantage last season.
Hall's monster season in 2017-2018 helped the Devils reach the playoffs for the first time in six years.
As for New Jersey's defense, they will likely turn to Keith Kincaid in goal on Monday. Kincaid, who won a career-high 26 games last season, is 9-5-3 so far this season, posting a 2.65 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.
New Jersey's other goalie, Cory Schneider, took the loss on Sunday at Tampa Bay and is 0-5-0 so far this season.
Meanwhile, the Panthers (8-9-4) are in last place in the Atlantic Division with 20 points. They are just 3-3-2 at home and blew a game to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night that hit them like a really hard punch in the gut.
Chicago's Alex DeBrincat scored with just 1.8 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, where Erik Gustafsson got the game-winner, leaving Florida with just the one point.
Florida is allowing 3.62 goals per game, which is the second-worst average in the league, better than only the Ottawa Senators.
Offensively, the Panthers rank 12th among 31 teams with 3.24 goals per game. But defensively ...
"We can't be allowing five or six (goals) per game," Panthers winger Mike Hoffman said. "We have to take ownership of that as a group. We have to learn from this. It's happened too many times now. It's unacceptable."
Hoffman, who last week set a Panthers record with a 17-game points streak, leads Florida with 11 goals and 22 points.
The Panthers rank second in the NHL in most shots on goal per game (35.7), and there are no major issues on face-offs as they are winning 50.4 percent of their draws.
Florida's power play, with the trade acquisition this past offseason of Hoffman, has been hot and has moved up to sixth in the league (25.6 conversion rate).
But the Panthers are killing just 75 percent of their penalties - only three NHL teams are worse.
Even so, Panthers captain and center Aleksander Barkov said the biggest problem for Florida is a lack of concentration.
"We (tend) to outshoot teams and out play teams - 45 minutes of good hockey," Barkov said. "But then we give (opponents) five minutes every period that they can do whatever they want. We sit back and don't play confident, and that is costing us games."
Updated November 25, 2018