The Florida Panthers find themselves undefeated thus far in their young 2021-22 NHL campaign. They came in as a team that had high expectations to make a deep run through the playoffs and even a Stanley Cup run.
So far, the Panthers led by Head Coach Joel Quenneville, have quickly turned heads and placed themselves amongst the Elite teams in not only the Eastern Conference but the NHL. With their dominating 3-0-0 record this past week, they find themselves as the NHL Team of the Week pick in the second week of the season.
Dynamic Duo of Netminders
The Florida Panthers have invested a major amount of money in their goaltending. Their starter, Sergei Bobrovsky has a $10 million cap hit this season but so far the 33-year-old Russian native is performing as an elite goaltender in the NHL. This past week, Bobrovsky went 2-0-0 with a 1.5 GAA and a .949 save percentage.
Florida has found a young netminder who comes ready to play anytime he touches the ice. Spencer Knight is a reliable backup that has elite potential in the future.
The 20-year-old is undefeated in his two starts this season and was able to help the Panthers secure a victory against the Coyotes, where he faced 21 shots. If the Panthers can keep these two goalies fresh and engaged the entire season, this team could be a dangerous opponent late in the season.
4 is the Magic Number
This past week the Florida Panthers went 3-0-0 with 12 goals for and only four against. In each of those contests, the Panthers buried four goals. Against their in-state rival the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Panthers won the game 4-1.
After that victory, they faced off against Stanley Cup favorites the Colorado Avalanche and once again found themselves on the winning side 4-1 with Center, Sam Bennett scoring the go-ahead goal in the second period.
They were able to finish their week strong with a dominating 4-2 victory in Philadelphia against the Flyers. Forward Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals to help the Panthers stay undefeated and defeat a feisty Flyers team.
Overall, this Florida Panthers team is deep throughout their depth chart. They are finding scoring from many areas.
Currently, they are averaging 4.5 goals per game so far this season. With the Panthers only giving up an average of 2 goals against per game, this team is definitely a tough out any time they touch the ice.
Coach Quenneville has his team ready to play at the start of the season. Their performance this past week is why they have been rewarded with the Team of the Week honors.
As one of the best teams in the NHL, expectations are only rising in South Florida. The team isn’t being led every game in scoring by the same player and if that trend can stay consistent, this may be a team that hoists the Stanley Cup at the end of the NHL Playoffs.