San Jose takes on Huberdeau and the Panthers
San Jose Sharks (22-19-2, fifth in the Pacific) vs. Florida Panthers (30-9-5, first in the Atlantic)
Sunrise, Florida; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Jonathan Huberdeau and Florida take on San Jose. Huberdeau is third in the NHL with 59 points, scoring 16 goals and recording 43 assists.
The Panthers are 22-3-0 on their home ice. Florida leads the league shooting 36.2 shots per game while averaging 4.0 goals.
The Sharks are 11-10-0 in road games. San Jose has surrendered 18 power-play goals, stopping 83.3% of opponent chances.
The matchup Saturday is the first meeting of the season between the two teams.
TOP PERFORMERS: Huberdeau has 59 total points for the Panthers, 16 goals and 43 assists. Sam Bennett has nine goals and two assists over the last 10 games for Florida.
Timo Meier leads the Sharks with 26 total assists and has 47 points. Tomas Hertl has 12 points over the last 10 games for San Jose.
LAST 10 GAMES: Panthers: 8-2-0, averaging 4.5 goals, 7.1 assists, four penalties and 8.9 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game with a .931 save percentage.
Sharks: 5-4-1, averaging 2.5 goals, 3.9 assists, 3.5 penalties and 9.9 penalty minutes while allowing 2.9 goals per game with a .903 save percentage.
INJURIES: Panthers: Jonas Johansson: out (covid-19), Markus Nutivaara: out (undisclosed).
Sharks: Adin Hill: day to day (lower-body).