The Panthers were last in goals in the Eastern Conference with 109, which tied Nashville for worst in the NHL. While they again had a decent sixth-ranked power play, their inability to score at even strength (29th) hurt their record in one-goal games (7-6-6). Injuries wiped out three of the Panthers¿ top six scoring forwards as Weiss, Bergenheim and Kris Versteeg combined for three goals versus the 60 they scored the year before. Blossoming forward Shawn Matthias (left), who emerged as their top-line center last season with an 11-goal March, is ready for his first 20-goal campaign. Calder Cup star Jonathan Huberdeau (right) is stronger and healthy. Now, playing on the top line with skillful top draft pick Aleksander Barkov and proven goal scorer Brad Boyes (76 goals from 2007-09) should catapult him into elite status. Line combinations featuring Versteeg, Bergenheim, Marcel Goc and Devils iconic center Scott Gomez should give the Panthers three lines capable of lighting the lamp.
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