The Penguins conclude their season-opening road trip as they visit the Florida Panthers at FLA Live Arena. The Penguins are facing the Panthers for the first time since February 8, 2020 - a 3-2 win for the team in Florida. Kris Letang recorded multiple points in the win (1G-1A). The Penguins have points in 15 of their last 18 meetings versus the Panthers (12-3-3 record) dating back to December 20, 2014. Here at FLA Live Arena, Pittsburgh has points in eight of its last 10 games (5-2-3) dating back to November 30, 2013. -Following tonight's game, the Penguins will return home for a season-long eight-game homestand.
Last season, the Penguins scored 93 goals on the road in 28 games. Only the Washington Capitals (102) and Florida Panthers (94) scored more road goals last year.
Jeff Carter has 34 points (15G-19A) in 35 career games against the Florida Panthers, which includes 10 points (4G-6A) in his last seven games versus them.
Brian Boyle spent one season with the Florida Panthers organization in 2019-20, where he accumulated 15 points (6G-9A) in 39 games.
Goaltender Tristan Jarry is 14-1-1 in his last 18 regular-season games played dating back to Mar. 24, 2021. In that span, he has a 2.55 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and two shutouts.
Last season, Jake Guentzel led all Pittsburgh skaters with 16 goals and 30 points (16G-14A) on the road. Only Toronto's Auston Matthews (17) scored more road goals than Guentzel last season among all NHL players.
CARTER CLOSING IN ON 400 GOALS
Forward Jeff Carter enters the 2021-22 season one goal shy of 400 in his career. When he scores his next goal, Carter will become the seventh active player, and third current Penguin, to reach 400 NHL goals. Carter, who was acquired at the trade deadline last season (April 12, 2021), has been exceptional since joining Pittsburgh. He scored nine goals and chipped in with two assists in the Penguins' final 14 regular-season games, helping the team go 10-3-1 during that stretch and secure the ninth division title in team history. After notching an assist in Pittsburgh's season opener, he now has 12 points (9G-3A) in his last 15 games.