The Colorado Avalanche look to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they visit the Florida Panthers on Friday. The Avalanche lost in overtime on Wednesday to the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2. Colorado allowed a rare short-handed goal during overtime to suffer the loss. Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Calvert scored in the loss while Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves.
Florida rallied from a 3-goal deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils on the road 6-4. Mackenzie Weeger scored to tie the game and then set up teammate Noel Acciari with the goal to put the Panthers ahead to stay. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Panthers. Sergei Bobrovsky made 17 saves in net for Florida.
Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado in goals scored with four and in points with 10. Nathan MacKinnon leads the Avalanche in assists with six. Philipp Grubauer is 4-1-0 with goals against of 2.57 and .922 saves percentage. Colorado is scoring an average of 4.00 goals per game while allowing an average of 2.50 per game.
Mike Hoffman leads Florida in goals scored with five, while Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers in assists with five. Hoffman leads Florida in points with eight. Sergei Bobrovsky is 2-2-1 in net for Florida with goals against of 3.90 and saves percentage of .870. Florida is scoring an average of 3.17 goals per game while allowing an average of 3.67 per game.