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NHL: Huberdeau wants to repay Panthers faith

Forward Jonathan Huberdeau says the Florida Panthers are focused on repaying the faith the ownership showed in the players.

The Panthers, 6/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, beat the Minnesota Wild 6-2 on Friday to record a sixth win in the past seven games.

Great start

Florida began the season with an eight-game winning streak and 10 wins from the first 11. Throughout 49 games, their longest streak without a victory was from 8th to 13th November (0-2-2).

With a 34-10-5 record and .745 points-per-game percentage, the Panthers hold top spot in the Atlantic Division and rank second of all teams in the NHL.

Huberdeau, in a 10th season with the Panthers, joint-leads the NHL for points with 68 (17 goals, 51 assists). His offensive production has helped Florida score the most goals in the NHL (4.10) and he's registered at least six goals in a game eight times.

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The 28-year-old has participated in three playoff campaigns with Florida, playing 16 games with 16 points (four goals, 12 assists).

Despite his point-per-game post-season average, Huberdeau is yet to win a series with the Panthers.

In fact, it's been 26 years since the Panthers prevailed from a playoff round, when they reached the Stanley Cup Final in their third season (1995/96) before getting swept by the Colorado Avalanche.

Improving

The ever-improving Panthers have made the playoffs in each of the last two seasons but lost in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers in 2019/20 to the New York Islanders and in the 2020/21 Stanley Cup First Round to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Huberdeau said to the media: "We had some years where we didn't win that many games. The ownership stuck with us, the players, and I think now it's our time to show them that they picked the right players.

"We're more mature now, and the leaders of this team just have to show it on the ice."

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