Panthers’ website posts strong Wings-Panthers Game 2 preview’s Jameson Olive posted an excellent preview of today’s rematch between the Detroit Red Wings and the Florida Panthers (5 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM):

With no [Panthers] skate this morning, it’s unlikely we will know tonight’s starter until we get closer to puck drop. If Bobrovsky doesn’t get the nod again, look for backup Chris Driedger to man the crease. Starting two games this season, the 26-year-old has gone 1-0-1 behind a .934 save percentage.

“He makes tough saves look really easy,” Yandle said of Bobrovsky. “He’s been great, Driegs [Driedger] has been great. It’s kind of one of those things where you need that. Goaltending is obviously the biggest thing in this league, and we’ve got two great ones.”

As for the Red Wings, they’re looking to snap out of a five-game losing streak. In that stretch, they’ve been outscored 22-9 to fall to last place in the Central Division. Recently, the Panthers had no shortage of success against Detroit, going a stellar 7-0-0 over their last seven meetings.

Tyler Bertuzzi leads the Red Wings in goals (5) and is tied with Dylan Larkin for the most points (7). After scoring in Saturday’s loss, Bertuzzi but left the game after two periods with an upper-body injury. As of right now, he’s considered questionable to compete against Florida tonight.

After stopping 23 of 26 shots on Saturday, Thomas Greiss could be back between the pipes for Detroit tonight if Jonathan Bernier is still unable to play. Owning a 2-1-0 record with a .881 save percentage this season, Bernier left Thursday’s 7-3 loss to the Stars with an upper-body injury.

Over their last seven matchups, the Panthers have outscored the Red Wings 27-12.


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