Struggling Red Wings visit resilient Panthers

The Florida Panthers, who host the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night, are 4-0-0 this season when leading after two periods.And, in the seven games in which the Panthers have trailed or were tied entering the third period, they have managed to grab at least one point four times.”We don’t give up,” Panthers winger Jonathan Huberdeau said. “We don’t panic, even if we are down by two goals. We’re good, and we know we can come back every game.”That was certainly the case in Florida’s most recent game, a 4-3 win in overtime against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday in Denver. Florida trailed 3-2 until Huberdeau scored with just 90 seconds left in regulation. Huberdeau then scored again 29 seconds into OT for the win.It was yet another Panthers win against an upper-echelon team. Most of Florida’s opponents this season have been among the league’s top half, although that won’t be the case against Detroit.The Red Wings, who lost 7-3 to the host Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, have just four victories this season, leaving them with the highest defeat total in the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings have also dropped nine of their past 10 games, including five straight on the road.Detroit on Saturday will likely face Panthers No. 1 goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who is 5-2-3 with a 3.70 goals-against average and an .873 save percentage in this his first season with Florida.Bobrovsky is coming off the win at Colorado but has yet to play up to his seven-year, $70 million contract.Florida could also opt to use backup goalie Sam Montembeault. The 23-year-old has made three starts this season and is 1-1-1 with a 2.80 GAA and a .905 save percentage.Detroit is expected to use goalie Jonathan Bernier, who stopped 11 of the 12 shots he faced in relief on Friday. Starter Jimmy Howard was pulled after stopping 16 of 21 shots.Huberdeau leads Florida with seven goals and is tied with captain Aleksander Barkov for the team lead in points with 15. Barkov has a team-leading 14 assists.Barkov, though, didn’t get his first goal this season until his 13th game of the season — Wednesday against Colorado.

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