"I don't like talking about it for obvious reasons. I'm glad he's hot against a divisional foe you see all the time and not a team like Vancouver or something".
Thus spoke Panthers coach Kevin Dineen on Monday via the Miami Herald, in reference to winger Kris Versteeg's flat-out ownership of the Winnipeg Jets since 2011. Need proof? 8G-4A-12P, 3PPG and 19 shots in his last five meetings against the Southeast Division rival, who have dropped three straight games in recent days. Add to that the potential for an Erik Gudbranson debut and more than several pairs of eyeballs focused squarely on the nameplate of one James Wright, and this could develop into a fascinating storyline.
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