Neither Jones nor Barkov scored, although Jones got an assist on Nashvilles second goal. Both were on the ice together for much of the night as Jones was on for 15 of Barkovs 21 shifts.
Its cool to see the second and fourth picks out there, said Huberdeau, the NHLs reigning rookie of the year. Seth Jones is already a good defenseman and we know the skill Barkov has. Its nice to see them battle. Theyll be doing that for years.
The Panthers sat veteran winger Scottie Upshall on Tuesday as center Nick Bjugstad played in his first game of the season.
Upshall had an assist in Floridas season-opening win at Dallas but is minus-6 since. Upshall, who makes $3.5 million, is signed through next season and has six goals in 59 games with the Panthers.
Im just trying to put the best players I can on the ice, Dineen said, to give us the best opportunity to win. Thats all that was.
• Bjugstad jumped back into the lineup after having just one full practice with the team. Bjugstad missed all of training camp after sustained a concussion Sept. 8. Floridas offensive concerns all but necessitated Bjugstads quick return. It was thought he would start the season in the minors.
He was fine, Dineen said. He hasnt played a real game in months and I thought he stepped in and did a solid job.
With Bjugstad at center, Shawn Matthias moved over to right wing on the third line.
• John Madden, a center on Floridas division championship team two years ago, worked with the centers during Tuesdays morning skate. Madden is currently a pro scout for the Panthers after working in Montreals front office last season.
• After playing five of the first seven games away from South Florida, the Panthers come home to bask in the sun for the next few weeks.
Floridas upcoming six-game homestand is its longest of the season as the team doesnt play on the road again until visiting Washington on Nov. 2. The Panthers open their long homestand Thursday against Boston.
Maybe thats what we need to get going, Goc said. Florida is 1-1-0 at home this year.