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Panthers at the WJC: Heineman and Sweden blank Austria

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Spencer Knight will get the start for Team USA today

Sweden v Czech Republic: Preliminary Round Group B - 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

Florida Panthers prospect Emil Heineman and Sweden blanked Austria 4-0 to move to 2-0 and take the early lead in Pool B.

Henieman skated on Sweden’s third line with Theodor Niederbach and Elmer Soderblom and finished the game with four shots on goal and an even rating in 14:10 of ice time.

In the only other game on Monday, Germany pulled off a 4-3 overtime victory over Slovakia with Mario Zimmermann providing the game-winning, power-play goal 4:01 into the extra session.

Goaltender Spencer Knight will get the start for the United States vs. the Czech Republic in today’s early game at 2 p.m. Knight will be looking to bounce back from a poor performance against Russia on Friday.

Florida’s other goalie in the tournament, Devon Levi should get the start tonight when Canada, leading Pool A, takes on winless Switzerland.

Levi has stated both of Canada’s previous games and has a 1.20 GAA and .929 save percentage.

Today’s games

United States (Knight) vs. Czech Republic 2 p.m. NHL Network

Canada (Levi) vs. Switzerland 6 p.m. NHL Network

Austria vs. Russia 9:30 p.m. NHL Network

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The Panthers have named Sunny Mehta Vice President of Hockey Strategy & Intelligence. Mehta pioneered the first full-time analytics department in the NHL, serving as Director of Hockey Analytics for the New Jersey Devils for four seasons (2014-15 to 2017-18). He has also consulted for the Washington Capitals (2019-20) and Arizona Coyotes (2010-11). Beyond his work in the National Hockey League, Mehta has also consulted for six Major League Baseball (MLB) teams through a partnership with Zelus Analytics. The native of Wyckoff, NJ, played varsity hockey for Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, NJ, and graduated from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music in 2000. Following his graduation, Mehta spent time as professional musician and poker player and co-authored two bestselling books on poker strategy. Following his professional poker career, he served as a Proprietary Derivatives Trader at Peak6 Capital Management at the Chicago Board of Trade. He most recently held the position of Senior Data Scientist for Zelus Analytics while pursuing his master’s degree in data science from City University of New York.

RFA forward Aleksi Saarela is still toiling away in Finland. Saarela played 14 minutes and had one shot on goal and went -1 in Lukko’s 4-0 loss to Jukurit in Monday action from Liiga. Saarela has a team-leading 12 goals and 18 points in 19 games this season.

Defense prospect Carter Berger suited up in Connecticut’s 2-0 shutout win over Providence. Berger didn’t have any points. shots on goal, or blocks and finished the tilt with an even rating. Berger is still looking for his first point of the season.

Justin Schutz registered one shot on goal and finished with an even rating in EC Red Bull Salzburg’s 4-0 win over the Dornbirn Bulldogs in Austria’s ICE Hockey League. Schutz has two goals and ten points in 21 games.

Emil Djuse registered six shots on goal and finished with an even rating in Spartak Moscow’s 6-0 loss to Dynamo Moscow. Djuse has produced three goals and 18 points in 29 KHL games.

Defenseman Alec Rauhauser made his 18th appearance of the season in DVTK Polar Bears 2-1 loss to HK Dukla Michalovce. Rauhauser has produced four goals and seven assists for DVTK.