Bobrovsky unsure for Panthers against Blackhawks in opener

Sergey Bobrowski Unsure if he will play for the Florida Panthers in his season against the Chicago Blackhawks at the BB&T Center on Sunday (7 pm ET; NHLN, TVAS, SN, FS-F, NBCSCH, NHLTV).

Instructor Joel Quéville said the goalkeeper skated for the first time at training camp on Wednesday.

“It’s definitely great to come back with people to start work, see Puck and be around my teammates,” Bobrowski said. “It’s great to be back and I felt good, so I just need some more practice and I’m ready to go.”

Bobrowski said he would skate on Thursday, but the Panthers are not scheduled to have another full team practice until Friday. They will practice Saturday before playing Sunday.

Florida was scheduled to start the season with back-to-back home games against the Dallas Stars on Thursday and Friday, but was postponed due to COVID-19 issues related to the Stars.

“Good to see him back,” Quenneville said of Bobrowski. “He used to play right there. He did a lot of practice, taking almost every shot to his end. So he had a great work day. We’ll see how he plays and presents tomorrow, and we’ll Will talk with his goal. Group. I think we’ve got an opportunity here. He’ll tell us in the next few days whether Sunday is an option. “

If Bobrovsky doesn’t play, Chris dredger or Sam Montembult The possibility will begin. The Dredger was 7-2-1 with a 2.05 goals-against average, .938 percent last season and a percentage save in 12 games (11 starts). Montemilt was 5-5-1 with a 3.34 GAA and .90 save percentage in 14 games (nine starts).

Bobrowski said he has been limited to light stretching workouts in the past week and a half. He spent about two hours of snow on Wednesday.

“It’s important to feel the net, feel the snow, feel the gear on your body, watch the puck, watch the traffic,” Bobrovsky said. “It was a great practice. I saw straight shots, 3-on-2 in zone stuff, all different kinds of activity in front of me. It was great. I did a little extra work on the basic stuff too. It was. Great practice for me. “

Bobrovsky is looking to bounce back after last season, his first with the Panthers after signing a seven-year contract on 1 July 2019. He was 23-19-6 with a 3.23 GAA and a save percentage in 50 games (49 of 49). ) is.

This is the highest GAA and lowest save percentage he has had in any of his nine NHL seasons in which he played at least 30 games.

“Bob” had a really good progeny, “Quenneville said.” I know that last year, expectations, a lot of things were high, and when you were evaluating Bob’s contribution or season, I figured That they have adapted well to what they need to address or work on. I think they did a great job of achieving that. In the right place, mentally, physically.

“There’s a small setback here, but I think she’s excited to get through the season and do what she has to do. She’s approached it the right way and I think she’s balancing expectations. That’s how he needs to play in the net. A solid teammate and a big contributor to the team’s success is what he wants to do. We imagine he’s a big part of it. “


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