As expected, special teams have been a particularly vital engine in the evolving storyline of this series. With a focus on penalty killing, the Florida Panthers have allowed 4 goals on 15 opportunities (73.3%), "good" for 12 out of 16 playoff clubs. The New Jersey Devils have fared worse, going 10-for-16 on the kill (62.5%), ranking them at 14th overall in the league. Does either team have an advantage over the other?
As far as home ice is concerned, yes: the Cats are a blistering 7-for-8 (87.5%) at BankAtlantic Center - the lone power play marker surrendered in the first frame of Game One, while Lou's Crew has graciously allowed four goals in seven penalty kill situations from Sunrise. Which somewhat ironically just happens to be the exact same number the Panthers have given up at The Rock.
Thursday's other playoff action:
- (7) WSH over (2) BOS, 2-1 (REG): Holtby Legend continues to grow, stops 44 to even series at 2
- (3) PHX over (6) CHI, 3-2 (OT): all four games have gone to extra frames; Coyotes lead 3-1
- (2) STL over (7) SJ, 2-1 (REG): McDonald's torrid pace rolls with 3rd goal/7th point; series tied at 2
Two potential eliminations coming up tonight:
- (5) Philadelphia at (4) Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (NBC-SN): Flyers lead 3-1
- (4) Nashville at (5) Detroit, 8 p.m. (CNBC): Predators lead 3-1