Panthers don’t expect anything easy in New Jersey

The Florida Panthers are looking for points in their race for third place in the Atlantic Division, but they may be running into the New Jersey Devils at the wrong time.

Florida, which lost 4-1 in Philadelphia on Monday, will face the Devils and red-hot goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood on Tuesday in Newark, N.J.

To say that Blackwood, 23, has been nothing short of amazing in goal over the past week would be directly on point.

The Thunder Bay, Ontario, native has authored a pair of shutouts in his latest two outings — blanking the Metropolitan Division rival Flyers 5-0 in Philadelphia on Thursday and the visiting Los Angeles Kings 3-0 on Saturday. In all, the second-year Devils netminder produced 83 saves without allowing a goal.

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