The Panthers have gone 2-1-1 in their past four despite scoring just seven goals in that span and the Devils have gone 3-2-1 with just 11 goals in their past six contests. Both teams hope to find some goals in a game featuring two of the NHL's lowest-scoring teams in the Devils (26th overall) and Panthers (28th).
"We're getting opportunities. We've got to bear down. Against this team [Saturday night], you're not going to get as many chances," Florida coach Peter Horachek said. "They play a very structured system down low. They're not going to be easy to play against. You have to work for your chances."
If Florida does have one thing going for it, it's the play of its top line. The trio of rookie Aleksander Barkov and veterans Sean Bergenheim and Brad Boyes has accounted for 10 goals in the past 10 games, making it one of the League's hottest lines.
NHL.com offers up its thoughts on who leads the race for the Jack Adams Award at the midway point, and today on NHL Live, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, Barry Melrose will join Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek to talk about coaches around the League and who he thinks deserves to win the honor.
It's a six-game evening including the St. Louis Blues visiting the Vancouver Canucks. The Blues now own the Central Division lead over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks via a tiebreaker, and analyst Darren Pang will join us from the Arena Cam out in Vancouver to talk about their red-hot play.
Also, former NHL player and Harvard coach Ted Donato will be on set to talk about the Crimson's season on this weeks college hockey report.
Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff isn't in desperation mode yet, but he put his team through quite a workout Wednesday at Chelsea Piers in New York City in preparation for the New Jersey Devils on Thursday at Prudential Center.
Most notable was the fact Ruff did some major line reshuffling, moving Rich Peverley to the top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. Valeri Nichushkin, who had been playing on the top line, was placed with Erik Cole and Cody Eakin. Vernon Fiddler centered Ray Whitney and Alex Chiasson, and Shawn Horcoff centered Antoine Roussel and Ryan Garbutt.
"I'd like to move [Fiddler] up again," Ruff told the Stars website. "He was playing so well before he got hurt. I'd like to get him in some combination, so I thought we'd take a look at that. [Peverley] has gone good at the middle of the ice, but sometimes you need a little bit of a shakeup. Eakin and Cole have played well for a good stretch of time, and for [Eakin] I'd like to get him in a more offensive situation."
It's a nine-game night in the League and we'll preview the game between the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning by checking in on the Arena Cam at Tampa Bay Times Forum with Capitals radio voice John Walton.
"Expectations are we go there and try to win the gold, obviously," Vanek said. "We're happy to be there … we know we're the big underdog, but it's fun. We have guys who can play. We have to play smart and for us we need good goaltending. If we can get goaltending and get a lot of big saves, you just never know in this game."
"I was pretty excited and very honored," Smith said. "I heard it's going to be a lot different from Vancouver. Obviously it's not the Olympics in your home country, but it will definitely be a new experience for me and probably a lot of guys, and I'm looking forward to it."
NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, sets up a three-game night of NHL action. It's Wednesday Night Rivalry, this week featuring the New York Rangers at the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, and NBCSN analyst Pierre McGuire joins us from the Arena Cam at United Center to preview this Original Six matchup.
Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith was named to Canada's roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Tuesday. He'll join the program on the phone to talk about the exciting news as well as the play of the Coyotes. We'll also talk to New York Islanders forward Thomas Vanek.
This week's EJ5 will focus on players who should be going to Sochi.
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I'm going into this with an open mind. This is a very young player (23) with a tremendous, tremendous amount of upside.