Florida hosts Vegas after Marchment’s 2-goal game
Vegas Golden Knights (25-15-3, first in the Pacific) vs. Florida Panthers (29-9-5, first in the Atlantic)
Sunrise, Florida; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Florida hosts the Vegas Golden Knights after Mason Marchment scored two goals in the Panthers’ 5-3 win over the Jets.
The Panthers are 21-3-0 at home. Florida averages 11 points per game to lead the Eastern Conference, recording 4.0 goals and 7.0 assists per game.
The Golden Knights are 12-5-1 in road games. Vegas is 10th in the NHL averaging 5.7 assists per game, led by Mark Stone with 0.8.
The teams square off Thursday for the first time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Aleksander Barkov leads the Panthers with 18 goals and has 34 points. Jonathan Huberdeau has five goals and 11 assists over the last 10 games for Florida.
Jonathan Marchessault leads the Golden Knights with 19 goals and has 30 points. Shea Theodore has 7 points over the last 10 games for Vegas.
LAST 10 GAMES: Panthers: 7-2-1, averaging 4.6 goals, 7.8 assists, four penalties and 8.9 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game with a .921 save percentage.
Golden Knights: 4-3-3, averaging 2.9 goals, five assists, 3.3 penalties and eight penalty minutes while allowing 2.6 goals per game with a .902 save percentage.
INJURIES: Panthers: Jonas Johansson: out (covid-19), Gustav Forsling: out (health protocols), Markus Nutivaara: out (undisclosed).
Golden Knights: Max Pacioretty: out (wrist), Reilly Smith: out (health protocols).