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Two of the NHL’s slickest

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SUNRISE Adidas Alan Quine Jersey , Fla. — The Florida Panthers (10-10-5) should be well rested when they play host to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.With no game Sunday or Monday, it’s the Panthers’ biggest break since they got back from Finland one month ago.“It was our fifth game in eight days,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said of Saturday’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. “We started the week with a back to back, and we ended with a back to back. You could tell our tank was a little bit empty toward the end.”Article continues below ...Indeed, the Panthers have blown multi-goal leads in two of their past three losses.Meanwhile, the Bruins (14-8-4), who are Florida’s rivals in the Atlantic Division, have also been off since Saturday, although they did have to make the trip down to Sunrise while the Panthers rested.Boston is trying to win now while also breaking in young players, and that’s especially true on defense, where injuries have taken out the Bruins’ top two players: Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy. Chara is out with a knee injury Adidas Dougie Hamilton Jersey , and McAvoy has a concussion.Two other Bruins defensemen who have played this season are also on injured reserve: Kevan Miller (throat) and top rookie Urho Vaakanainen (concussion).Due to those injuries, the Bruins have been forced to play rookie defensemen Connor Clifton, 23; and Jeremy Lauzon, 21. Between the two of them, they have just 22 games of NHL experience.The Bruins will rely on their more experienced defensemen — Brandon Carlo, John Moore, Torey Krug and Matt Grzelcyk — for most of the playing time against a potent Panthers offense.The hottest Panthers forwards at the moment are Jonathan Huberdeau, who has a five-game, multi-point streak; and Mike Hoffman, who has 24 points in his past 23 games.Panthers center Vincent Trocheck, who has scored 54 goals the past two seasons Adidas Julien Gauthier Jersey , is out with a fractured ankle. But the Panthers still have captain/center Aleksander Barkov (10 goals, 23 points), winger Evgenii Dadonov (12 goals, 26 points) and a power play that has scored in 14 of their past 15 games.Defenseman Keith Yandle, the quarterback of Florida’s power play, earned career assist No. 40 on Saturday.The job of being the last line of defense against that offense on Tuesday will likely belong to Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who is off to a 6-5-2 start with a 2.59 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.Boston’s offense is also making an adjustment that skews younger. Center Patrice Bergeron, 33, who scored 30 goals last season and has nine this season, is out due to a shoulder injury.David Pastrnak, 22 Adidas Petr Mrazek Jersey , leads the Bruins in goals (19) and points (30). Jake DeBrusk, also 22, has 10 goals after scoring 16 last season.The Bruins are also still looking for breakthroughs from players such as Ryan Donato, a rookie from Harvard who produced nine points in 12 games late last season and has two goals and no assists in 13 games this season.“We’ve got some young wingers who are learning their way,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said.After Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, Cassidy bemoaned Boston’s inability to finish chances at the net. But, he added, “there was fire in the group.” Two of the NHL’s slickest offensive talents will go head-to-head at the Saddledome on Saturday.Rookie star Elias Petterson leads the Vancouver Canucks into Calgary to face red-hot Johnny Gaudreau and the Flames.Both teams are coming off big road wins on Thursday.Article continues below ...Gaudreau posted his fourth career hat-trick Thursday in a 4-1 win in Winnipeg. He has 32 points in his last 19 games, 13 of those points being goals.Pettersson had a goal and an assist as Vancouver scored on four of their first six shots in Edmonton in a 4-2 win over the Oilers. He has the game-winning goal in four of Vancouver’s past seven wins.Both teams practiced at Calgary’s Stampede Corral on Thursday, walking over from the Saddledome in full uniform. The old 7,000-seat arena was the Flames first home when they moved from Atlanta in 1980.Thursday’s game in Winnipeg ended on a nervous note for Calgary. Gaudreau took a slash from Jets‘ big defensemen Dustin Byfuglien late in Thursday’s game when he raced towards an empty-net goal. He left the ice in discomfort. It was enough of a slash that Byfuglien was fined $2 Adidas Calvin De Haan Jersey ,500 on Friday.Gaudreau also shook off the whack when talking to the media.“You know, it’s part of hockey. I mean, it won’t be the last time I’m slashed,” Gaudreau he told reporters. “Just kind of surprised. I had a foot or two on him, so I didn’t think I was going to get a stick to the arm, but I found the empty net and that’s the way it goes.” The Flames get nervous when Gaudreau is slashed because he suffered a broken thumb two years ago and missed 21 games after taking a chop from Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal. The league began a crackdown on slashing for the 2017-2018 because of an increasing use of the stick.Calgary snapped a three-game losing streak in Winnipeg and is 6-3-1 in their past 10 games. They occupied top spot in the Pacific Division as of Friday afternoon, with a two point lead on San Jose with a game in hand.Vancouver has surprised so far in what was expected to be a rebuilding year and are 7-2-1 in their past 10 games led by Pettersson, who is headed towards a runaway win in the race for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top freshmen. As of Friday Vancouver was a point back of the second wild card spot through 40 games.Though it’s only the midway point of the 82-game season, Saturday’s game is being given plenty of importance.“As much as we’ve been on a good run lately, so has everybody else,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving told Postmedia News.“It’s not like we’ve built this big (separation between other teams). Most times when you go on a run Adidas Michael Ferland Jersey , you build a significant cushion. We are just trying to keep our heads above everybody right now. There’s lots of runway left in the season, lots of good hockey teams that we’re playing.” The Canucks likewise aren’t celebrating their early season success.“From Day 1, we’ve talked about how we want to play,”head coach Travis Green told reporters in Edmonton. “We want to be faster and harder to play against, and we wanted to play meaningful games down the stretch. “We’re not getting ahead of ourselves – we’re at .500 right now and we have a long way to go.”

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