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The Buzzer: Steen’s 4-point night powers Blues; Bob shines vs. Sabres

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Player of the Night: Alex Steen, St. Louis Blues

While taking care of the Calgary Flames, Steen had a hand in four of the five Blues goals in their 5-2 victory. He evened the score with his first of the season late in the opening period, assisted on power play goals from Jaden Schwartz and Alex Pietrangelo and then set up Paul Stastny’s tally.

Highlight of the Night:

— More like a lowlight. Jake Allen is going to want a second crack at this one.


— Pietrangelo’s goal was a snipe:

— St. Louis has received 12 goals from their defense through 10 games.

— Thirteen Columbus Blue Jackets players recorded a point in their 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

— The Blue Jackets tallied three goals in a period for the fourth time this season.

Seth Griffith ruined Bobrovsky’s shutout bid late in the third with his first goal since Dec. 29, 2014.

Factoid of the Night:


St. Louis 5, Calgary 2
Columbus 5, Buffalo 1


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.


Seth Griffith is on waivers….again

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Seth Griffith is on waivers again.

The 24-year-old forward has only managed five assists in 21 games for the Florida Panthers since being claimed off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Leafs had claimed Griffith off waivers from Boston at the beginning of the season.

A prolific scorer at the AHL level (he had 77 points in 57 games for Providence last season), Griffith has just six goals and 10 assists in 58 career NHL games.

Griffith has been a healthy scratch the past three games for the Panthers.

‘Our consistency is terrible,’ says Panthers’ Marchessault

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Coming off one of their worst performances of the season, a 4-0 loss to Boston on Saturday, the Florida Panthers will get a chance at redemption tonight in New Jersey.

Tonight’s game also marks the start of an eight-game stretch where the Panthers will play six times on the road.

Four points back of a playoff spot, Florida has been one of the most disappointing teams in the NHL, and the only one to fire its coach.

“Our consistency is terrible,” forward Jonathan Marchessault said, per the Sun-Sentinel. “I don’t even think we have a three-game winning streak. It’s hard to be a good team when we can’t even get on a streak.”

It’s also hard with all the injuries the Panthers have been forced to endure. Currently, there are five players on IR: Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, Alex Petrovic, Seth Griffith, and Jonathan Huberdeau, the latter of whom has yet to play a game this season (and isn’t expected back until next month).

“We can’t use [injuries] as an excuse,” Marchessault countered. “I think good teams just find a way to win and keep it simple. We’re not doing that. That’s why we keep losing.”

Unlike at the start of the season, the Panthers can’t even say they’ve been a good puck-possession team lately. In their last 10 games, their score-adjusted Corsi ranks 22nd out of 30. On Saturday, they were outshot 35-27 by the Bruins.

The loss of Barkov is surely related to some of their recent poor performances, but they’d better figure out how to get some wins without him, because he’s not going to be back anytime soon.

From the Sun-Sentinel:

Barkov and Petrovic are still about three weeks away, Rowe said. Griffith could return within a week, but Bjugstad will be out at least two; McKegg’s status was undetermined. Huberdeau is still targeted for late February.

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More tough times for the Florida Panthers


A quick rundown of the current state of affairs in Florida:

— Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to Winnipeg was the Panthers’ fifth in their last six games, dropping them to 16-15-8 and sixth place in the Atlantic Division.

— In that loss, forward Seth Griffith suffered a concussion on a hit from Nikolaj Ehlers, one head coach Tom Rowe called “dirty.” That put Griffith on the shelf alongside a slew of fellow injured teammates: Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov and Alex Petrovic.

— At this morning’s skate ahead of tonight’s game against Nashville, Rowe was in a salty mood:

(The target of Rowe’s ire has yet to be identified.)

It’s fair to speculate frustration levels are high throughout the organization. Florida heads into tonight’s game with a patchwork lineup — per Daily Faceoff, Vincent Trocheck will center the top line between Jaromir Jagr and Jonathan Marchessault, while Nick Bjugstad will man the middle on the second line between Jussi Jokinen and Reilly Smith.

From there?

Jared McCann, recently recalled from the minors, will skate with Michael Sgarbossa and Colton Sceviour. Captain Derek MacKenzie is on a line with Paul Thompson and Greg McKegg.

Florida will be a team to watch in the coming weeks. After this upcoming back-to-back at home against Nashville and Boston, the club will play six of its next eight on the road, which includes a four-game Western swing through Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Arizona.

Given the Panthers are just 7-8-5 on the road this year, it could be tough sledding.

Back in The Show: Panthers recall McCann from AHL Springfield

Jared McCann is back in the National Hockey League.

After spending time with the Springfield Thunderbirds in the AHL, McCann was recalled to the Florida Panthers on Thursday — the day after forward Seth Griffith suffered a concussion on a hit from Nikolaj Ehlers of the Winnipeg Jets, in an incident that drew the ire of Florida’s GM and interim coach Tom Rowe.

In 17 games with the Panthers this season, the 20-year-old McCann has one goal and three points. He had six points in 15 games down in the minors before getting called back up.

Not only did the Panthers lose to the Jets on Wednesday, but Griffith didn’t make it out of the first period.

Multiple reports on Thursday stated Griffith is expected to miss at least a week.

The Panthers, who have been beset by injuries throughout the season, including to top players Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov, are five points out of a Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.