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Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey Attendance: 13,208
Still seeking first win, Devils host Panthers
Florida Panthers at New Jersey Devils
- The Devils went 2-0-1 against the Panthers last season after Florida won seven of the previous eight meetings. The Panthers have gone 30 consecutive games against the Devils without being shutout, their longest active non-shutout streak against any single opponent.
- The Panthers, who have opened 1-2-2 for the second consecutive season, are averaging a league-best 39.0 shots on goal per game. Their 195 shots on goal are the franchise's second-most through five games, trailing only the 2017-18 team which fired 209 shots on goal through five contests.
- Sergei Bobrovsky is 12-2-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .951 save percentage in 14 starts against the Devils since 2015-16, his most wins and his lowest GAA against any team he's faced more than five times. It's also the most wins by any goaltender over New Jersey in that span and best save percentage vs. the Devils by any goalie with a minimum of eight starts.
- The Devils are winless through five starts for the second time since the franchise moved to New Jersey in 1982, joining the 2013-14 team which started 0-4-3. This year's team has failed to score a power-play goal, the first time in more than 30 years it has gone five games into a season without scoring on the power play.
- New Jersey's penalty kill is also struggling, surrendering eight power-play goals. It's the most power-play goals the Devils have allowed five games into a season since the 2001-02 team permitted nine.
- The Devils open a six-game stay in New Jersey, and since the start of last season, Cory Schneider has a 2.38 GAA and a 4-3-3 record in 13 games at home compared to a 3.66 GAA and 2-12-1 mark in 16 road contests.
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Two struggling teams will meet on Monday afternoon as the New Jersey Devils host the Florida Panthers.
The Devils -- who are in last place among the 16 teams in the Eastern Conference -- have lost five straight games to start this season, including two that went past regulation.
"We need to get a win, get some confidence," Devils goalie Cory Schneider said. "Hopefully, it snowballs from there."
The Panthers are off to a slightly better start, with one win and four points in five games. But the Panthers have lost three straight games, including two in a row in shootouts.
On Friday, the Panthers outscored the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in the third period before losing the shootout. On Saturday, the Panthers outscored the New York Islanders 1-0 in the third period before again failing in the shootout.
"We've got to learn to play the way we played in the third period," Panthers center Aleksander Barkov said. "The way we battled back -- that needs to be our 60-minute game.
"In the second period, we got a little cute. We started to make stupid plays, and it cost us a couple of goals."
The Panthers, who used backup goalie Sam Montembeault on Saturday, are expected to go back to starter Sergei Bobrovsky on Monday. Bobrovsky, who signed a seven-year, $70 million contract with the Panthers in July, is off to a slow start. He is 1-2-1 with a 3.87 goals-against average and an .882 save percentage.
Poor goaltending was an issue last season, when the Panthers missed the playoffs for the third year in a row. Goalie Roberto Luongo, destined for the Hall of Fame on the first ballot, retired after the season, and backup James Reimer was traded, clearing the way for Bobrovsky.
So far, it has not helped, which could be an indictment of Panthers defensemen and forwards as well.
Offensively, the Panthers remain dangerous, with winger Mike Hoffman leading the way with five goals and two assists. But Barkov, who had career highs last season with 35 goals, 61 assists and 96 points, has yet to light up the scoreboard. He has no goals and three assists.
The Devils, who have been shut out twice in the past three games, have their own issues. Taylor Hall, named the NHL's Most Valuable Player in 2018, has identical stats as Barkov -- no goals and three assists.
No Devils player has more than three points so far.
Devils goalies also have struggled. Schneider is 0-2 with a 3.33 GAA and an .897 save percentage. MacKenzie Blackwood is 0-1-2 with a 4.90 GAA and an .821 save percentage.
The Devils failed to make the playoffs last season after qualifying the prior year. Over the summer, they drafted center Jack Hughes, 18, with the NHL's top overall pick, acquired 30-year-old defenseman P.K. Subban in a trade with the Nashville Predators and added 31-year-old winger Wayne Simmonds as a free agent.
In five games, Hughes has no points while Subban and Simmonds each have been held to just one assist.
--Field Level Media
Updated October 13, 2019