New Panthers coach Kevin Dineen is a very aggressive offensive coach so we've been waiting for his team to bust out and the Lightning were the unsuspecting victims last night as the Panthers dropped seven on them. Most of the damage came on the PP where FLA scored five times. Brian Campbell had four PPA and now has six on the season. The duo of Kris Versteeg & Stephen Weiss were clicking as they each had 2+2=4 and Versteeg now has points in all four games this year (3+4=7). Versteeg has been passed around a lot the past few years and he's never been given a stable role on a scoring line, so if sticks with an underrated center like Weiss, in an attacking system, look for a career year.
FHS favourite Marc-Andre Bergeron with three assists last night and he has 2+5=7 during a four game point streak. Only one of those points came on the PP, so he's getting some work down at evens, which is encouraging. I'll admit that I have a thing for this guy but I was a little soured as he wasn't used a ton by Guy Boucher last season so I was a little unsure of what to expect for this year. But MAB is doing what he always does... produce.
Matt Gilroy had 2A & was a plus-3 last night for Tampa but only played 15 minutes and saw no PP time.
Dan Ellis with a strong first impression for the new season as he stopped 41 of 43 shots to beat the Sharks last night. Recall that he did well in Anaheim after the trade from Tampa last year (8-3-1, 2.39 & .917) but was outplayed by Ray Emery down the stretch. Unless he gets hurt I'd expect Jonas Hiller to play a lot but he has never appeared in more than 59 games in a season so Ellis could still see his fair share of starts.
Nikolai Khabibulin picked up his first win of the season and he barely broke a sweat doing it as he only faced 12 Preds shots all game.
Teemu Selanne opened his goal account for the season with a pair against the Sharks last night. Given how late he went in drafts this fall, nice to see that the Flash paying immediate dividends.
Phil Kessel with another goal on five shots... he can be really streaky so lets see if he tails off but he's look really dangerous so far.
David Jones with the OT winner last night and that gives him goals in three straight games (4+1=5). I'm a fan of this guy when he's healthy and would like him even more if he shot the puck with greater frequency.
The CBJs have sent Matt Calvert down to the AHL, he hadn't been seeing much ice-time and the team is in a bit of a panic right now so might as well let the kid get some experience in the minors.