Florida Panthers (14-12-4, fifth in the Atlantic Division) vs. New Jersey Devils (21-6-2, first in the Metropolitan Division)
Newark, New Jersey; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The New Jersey Devils will try to end a four-game slide when they play the Florida Panthers.
New Jersey is 10-6-1 at home and 21-6-2 overall. The Devils have gone 14-3-0 in games they score one or more power-play goals.
Florida has a 14-12-4 record overall and a 6-9-1 record on the road. The Panthers have gone 4-4-3 when they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent.
Saturday’s game is the fourth time these teams match up this season. The Panthers won 7-6 in overtime in the previous matchup.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jack Hughes has 15 goals and 19 assists for the Devils. Nico Hischier has scored four goals and added three assists over the past 10 games.
Matthew Tkachuk has scored 14 goals with 25 assists for the Panthers. Eric Staal has one goal and five assists over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Devils: 5-3-2, averaging 3.1 goals, 4.7 assists, 3.4 penalties and 8.7 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game.
Panthers: 4-5-1, averaging 3.1 goals, 5.6 assists, 4.4 penalties and 10.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.8 goals per game.
INJURIES: Devils: Ondrej Palat: out (groin), Jonathan Bernier: out (hip), Nathan Bastian: out (upper-body).
Panthers: Anthony Duclair: out (achilles), Anton Lundell: day to day (upper body), Chris Tierney: out (concussion), Radko Gudas: out (concussion), Patric Hornqvist: out (upper-body), Colin White: day to day (upper body).
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