The National Hockey League will have their annual All Star Game this weekend, but we can still look forward to the Florida Panthers vs Chicago Blackhawks match. There are plenty of interesting games on the schedule in the early part of the week, but a reunion of sorts is the best game of the week. The Chicago Blackhawks host the Florida Panthers in what should be a great game on Tuesday night.
Florida Panthers vs Chicago Blackhawks Preview
The Chicago Blackhawks will come into this game riding a five game winning streak, and they are back in the playoff race. Chicago enters the week with 54 points, but they are picking up momentum. Florida enters the week having won four straight games, and they are in a playoff spot. The Panthers have racked up 57 points this season, and sit in third place in the Atlantic Division.
Quenneville Back in Chicago
Panthers head coach is loved and revered back in Chicago, and he will be coaching against several of his former players. Coach “Q” brings an explosive offensive team into Chicago, and they have also been solid on special teams. The Panthers are averaging over 3.6 points per game, and they have converted on over 24 percent of their chances on the power play.
The Panthers are led by two players that casual NHL fans have probably never heard of. Evgenii Dadonov leads the team with 21 goals this season, while a center has led the offensive attack. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the team with assists and 64 points, and he is dangerous with the puck on his stick. Florida has really turned things around this season, but this is going to be a tough test on the road.
Blackhawks Getting Great Goaltending
The Chicago Blackhawks have a pair of terrific goaltenders in Corey Crawford and Robin Lehner. Both players have been absolutely dominant of late, and they have faced a ton of shots from their opponents. The Blackhawks have been the best team on the penalty kill in the NHL over the last few weeks, and they are killing off over 82 percent of their own penalties this season.
Patrick Kane is once again the best offensive player for the Chicago Blackhawks, and he just reached a milestone on Sunday. Kane became the 90th player in NHL history to record 1,000 career points, and he knows how to set up his teammates. The Blackhawks are scoring less than 3.0 goals per game this season, but they have turned up their offense during this winning streak.
Blackhawks Spoil Coach Q’s Return
Joel Quenneville guided the Chicago Blackhawks to three Stanley Cups, and he will certainly get a great ovation in this game. Florida has been a solid NHL team this season, but they are running into a red-hot Chicago Blackhawks team. The Blackhawks have been scoring goals like crazy this season, and they are always tough to beat at the United Center. Bet the Chicago Blackhawks over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night in the NHL Game of the Week.