Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 12/13/11
Tune into FOX Sports Florida at 7 p.m. to watch the Florida Panthers take on the New Jersey Devils! NHL Panthers territory. The Florida Panthers hope returning home will be all they need to bounce back from a disappointing road trip. Looking to avoid matching a season high with their third straight defeat, the Southeast Division-leading Panthers aim to regroup when they open a four-game homestand Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils. After beginning the three-game trip with a 2-0 win over Boston on Thursday, Florida (16-9-5) fell 2-1 in overtime at Buffalo before giving up its most goals of the season Sunday in a 6-1 loss to the New York Rangers. "It was just one of those games," said rookie defenseman Erik Gudbranson, who scored his first career goal versus New York. "Glad I was able to score but really, all that matters is how we played overall, and how we respond to it. "What happened, happened, it's on us now to make something good out of it. This is about us, as a team, and how we react to it." The Panthers, owners of a six-point lead over Washington in the Southeast, suffered three straight shutout losses Oct. 31-Nov. 6. Florida will try to avoid another three-game skid by returning home, where it's 4-0-1 since losing four in a row. The Panthers need to get their offense back in gear. They've totaled four goals in the last three games, on the heels of consecutive victories over San Jose and Washington in which they scored five each. Florida has totaled nine goals while winning two of its last three games against New Jersey (15-13-1), including 4-3 at home Nov. 21. Winger Kris Versteeg had two goals with an assist in that contest, and has one goal and two assists in his last three games overall. It's uncertain if Jose Theodore will get the start in goal for the Panthers after he was pulled for allowing all six goals on 22 shots Sunday. He did make 22 saves last month for his second straight win versus New Jersey, but backup and ex-Devil Scott Clemmensen is 3-0-1 with a 2.06 goals-against average in limited action this season. Clemmensen, who spent five of his first six NHL seasons in New Jersey backing up future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur, is 3-0-0 with a 2.36 GAA against his former team. Brodeur is expected to be in net Tuesday after he watched New Jersey beat Tampa Bay 5-4 on Monday night, its third win in four games following a four-game skid. Brodeur, who has allowed two goals in each of his last three outings, has stopped all but two of the 48 shots he's faced while winning his last two home starts versus Florida. Adam Henrique and Zach Parise each had a goal with two assists Monday for the Devils, who almost blew a late three-goal lead against the Lightning. "(It was) an important game," coach Peter DeBoer said. "We're trying to get some traction and move up (in the standings). It was a key two points." In his first full NHL season, Henrique has three goals with nine assists in his last nine games. However, he was held without a point in New Jersey's loss at Florida last month. Parise has three goals and eight assists during his last eight contests but also did not record a point against the Panthers.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Reports: Sale cut up throwback uniforms with knife in protest

WNBA withdraws fines for teams that protested gun violence

Ezekiel Elliott: ‘Evil NEVER prevails’

Orioles, Padres reportedly talking trades of Melvin Upton, Cashner

Le’Veon Bell reportedly missed ‘several’ drug tests

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Islanders looking at locations to build new arena

Top five takeaways from this year's NBA Summer League

NCAA rules that hanging out with hip-hop star Drake is violation

WATCH: Justin Bieber arm wrestle Sixers center Joel Embiid

RUMOR: Celtics sign Green, Zeller and two others to contract deals

Kevin Durant Thunder jerseys going for less than 50 cents in OKC

Solo not taking any chances with Zika virus while in Rio

Rays reportedly demanding Profar in pitching deal with Rangers

Facebook doesn’t know the difference between Liverpool and Arsenal

Report: Teams asked about Wade Davis, asking price very high

Aussie Rules Football player accidentally kicks, breaks own leg

Former Arkansas football assistant trolls Bobby Petrino on social media

Could Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw's injury hinder trade talks?

Spurs strike a new deal with NBA stalwart Manu Ginobli

George makes return to Team USA following leg injury

Why the Clippers shouldn't break up their big three

White Sox pay homage to Bo Jackson’s bat-breaking skills with bobblehead

Orioles affiliate pay tribute to David Bowie on their jerseys

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

WATCH: Pop & Timmy have a guys' night out

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker