Florida looks to open up a five point lead on idle Washington by taking on the Winnepeg Jets, who also have a lot riding on tonight's matchup.
"I don't know, they're a good team," Versteeg said when asked about why he's been torturing the Jets this season. "Sometimes you shoot and it goes in. Sometimes as you've seen with me, it won't. I don't really care about who I'm scoring against as long as it goes in."
Jets @ Panthers 02/03/12 (via NHLVideo)
Most recently, the Panthers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, 5-3. Marcel Goc (6) scored 13 seconds into the first period, Mike Santorelli (8, 9) added one two minutes later, then a power play goal in the second, Jason Garrison (14), fresh off his injury added the game winning power play goal in the third, and Stephen Weiss (16) added insurance in the third, banking one off Dion Phaneuf. Phil Kessel (32), Nikolai Kulemin (7), and Joffrey Lupul (24) provided goals for the Leafs. Jose Theodore stopped 28 of 31 shots for the Panthers win, James Reimer allowed all five goals on 23 shots for Toronto. Kevin Dineen spoke about Santorelli stepping up in the absence of top scorer Kris Versteeg,
"For him to get those goals -- those are big goals," Dineen said. "We need production throughout our line up without Kris Versteeg for the next little bit. A couple goals out of Michael Santorelli is big for us."
Panthers @ Maple Leafs 02/28/12 (via NHLVideo)
The Edmonton Oilers earned a victory over the Jets on Monday, 5-3. Kyle Wellwood (13), Alexander Burmistrov (13), and Nik Antropov (9) scored for Winnipeg, but the Oilers won with four goals in the third. Ryan Whitney (2), Ryan Jones (14), Lennart Petrell (4), Taylor Hall (23), and Jordan Eberle (28) all scored for the Oilers. Ondrej Pavelec took the loss for the Jets, allowing five goals on only 25 shots. The Jets were demoralized after the game, according to Wellwood,
"Tonight was the worst loss of the year," Kyle Wellwood said. "Guys are pretty devastated."
Oilers @ Jets 02/27/12 (via NHLVideo)