Sergey Bobrovsky Not sure if he will play for the Florida Panthers in their season-opening match against the Chicago Blackhawks at BB&T on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, TVAS, SN, FS-F, NBCSCH, NHL.TV).
Coach Joel Quinville said the goalkeeper, who skated for the first time at a training camp Wednesday, had not been fit to train since the camp began.
“It’s definitely great to be back with the guys to start working, see a puck disc and be with my teammates,” said Bobrovsky. “It’s great to be back and feeling good, so I just need some extra workout and I’m ready to go.”
Bobrovsky said he will skate on Thursday, but the Panthers weren’t scheduled to take on another full team training until Friday. They will train on Saturday before playing on Sunday.
Florida was due to start the season with back-to-back home matches against the Dallas Stars on Thursday and Friday, but has been postponed due to star-related COVID-19 issues.
“It’s nice to see him coming back,” Quinville said of Bobrovsky. “He felt fine there. He did a lot of training, almost every shot at his end. So it was a good day at work. We’ll see how he comes tomorrow and gives gifts, we’ll talk to the goalkeeper. The group. I think we have a chance here. He will dictate.” During the next few days, we have to say whether Sunday is an option or not. “
If Bobrovsky does not play, Chris Dredger or Sam Montemboldt It will likely start. Dredger was 7-2-1 with 2.05 goals against an average, 0.938 saving and one closing rate in 12 games (11 starts) last season. Montembeault was 5-5-1 with a 3.34 GAA and .890 keep ratio in 14 matches (nine starts).
Bobrovsky said he has restricted himself to light stretches for the past week and a half. Spent nearly two hours on snow Wednesday.
“It’s important to feel the net, feel the ice, feel the gear on your body, see the disc, see the traffic,” said Bobrovsky. “It was a great workout. I saw straight shots, 3 on 2 in zone items, every different kind of activity in front of me. It was cool. I also worked a little over the base stuff. It was a great exercise for me.”
Bobrovsky is looking to return after last season, his first with the Panthers after he signed a seven-year contract on July 1, 2019. He was 23-19-6 with 3.23 GAA and 0.900 savings in 50 games (49 starts)).
It was GAA’s highest and his lowest savings in any of the nine NHL seasons in which he played at least 30 games.
“Bob had a really good performance,” said Quinville. “I know expectations have been high in the past year, a lot of things have been high, and upon assessing Bob’s contribution or season, I thought he was coping well with what needs to be tackled or worked on. I think he did a good job of getting himself in the right place mentally and physically. .
“A small setback here but I think he’s very excited about starting the season and doing what he needs to do. He handled it the right way and I think he balanced the expectations with the way he needs to play on the network. A strong teammate and a big contributor to the team’s success is what he’s looking forward to doing.” We envision it to be a large part of it. “