National Hockey League
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Edmonton at Florida
When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

The Florida Panthers look to ride the momentum from a perfect five-game road trip into the opener of their four-game homestand Wednesday against the Edmonton Oilers. Florida completed the 5-0-0 trek with a 2-1 triumph in St. Louis on Monday that improved it to 8-1-1 in its last 10 overall contests and lifted it into the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Panthers have allowed a total of four goals over their last three games but understand they can't rest on their laurels. "We can't let this trip make our heads too big," center Nick Bjugstad told the Sun-Sentinel. "We've got to take the positives and keep moving on. There's still plenty of work to be done as far as the points column and win column, so it's going to be a fun little month and a half." Edmonton is continuing a six-game road trip that began with a 3-1 victory in Chicago three days before the club dropped a 4-1 decision at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. The Oilers wasted an opportunity to grab sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division with the loss to the Lightning as they remained even in points with Anaheim with one game in hand.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, Sportsnet (Edmonton), FSN Florida

ABOUT THE OILERS (32-20-8): Iiro Pakarinen scored Edmonton's lone goal on Tuesday, giving him three points in four games since returning from a knee injury he suffered during the preseason. Connor McDavid (67 points) saw his lead over Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, who scored his league-leading 33rd goal on Tuesday, in the race for the Art Ross Trophy shrink to one point after being kept off the scoresheet in Tampa Bay. The 20-year-old captain, who capped a three-point performance with the overtime winner in a 4-3 home victory over Florida on Jan. 18, had recorded two goals and five assists during a four-game point streak prior to being blanked by the Lightning.

ABOUT THE PANTHERS (28-20-10): Vincent Trocheck, who also tallied in the overtime loss at Edmonton last month, scored his team-leading 21st goal with five seconds remaining in the third period Monday. The 23-year-old All-Star is riding a six-game point streak during which he has collected three tallies and five assists. Jaromir Jagr was kept off the scoresheet in St. Louis, ending his point streak at five games, but needs one power-play goal to tie Joe Nieuwendyk (215) for 11th place on the NHL's all-time list.

OVERTIME

1. Oilers F Leon Draisaitl collected five points over three games to raise his season total to a career-high 52 before coming up empty on Tuesday.

2. Florida D Keith Yandle is two points shy of 400 for his career.

3. Edmonton D Oscar Klefbom has recorded five points over his last four contests and is tied with Andrej Sekera for the team lead among blue-liners with 25.

PREDICTION: Oilers 3, Panthers 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Edmonton 32-20-4-4 L1 15-10-1-2 17-10-3-2 3-2-0-0 29-18-4-4 12-4-1-2
Florida 28-20-5-5 W5 14-10-1-2 14-10-4-3 2-1-0-0 26-19-5-5 9-7-2-3
Last Meeting
Edmonton Florida
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
1/18/17 FLA 3 EDM 4 (OT) 31 28 1-2 31 27 1-2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Edmonton C. McDavid 3
Florida A. Ekblad 2
Goals Player  
Edmonton J. Eberle 1
Florida G. McKegg 1
Assists Player  
Edmonton C. McDavid 2
Florida A. Ekblad 2
Saves Player  
Edmonton C. Talbot 28
Florida J. Reimer 27
Season
Total Points Player  
Edmonton C. McDavid 73
Florida V. Trocheck 43
Goals Player  
Edmonton C. McDavid 24
Florida V. Trocheck 22
Assists Player  
Edmonton C. McDavid 49
Florida K. Yandle 27
Saves Player  
Edmonton C. Talbot 1506
Florida R. Luongo 1090
Quickchart Matchup
Edmonton Off vs  Florida Def
2.8 GF
2.71 GA
30.9 Shots
31.6 Shots
37 PP
27 PK
Florida Off vs  Edmonton Def
2.52 GF
2.53 GA
31.6 Shots
29.8 Shots
29 PP
31 PK