Florida Looks To Finish Off Maple Leafs, Edmonton Aims To Take Series Lead Over Vegas

By NHL Public Relations

May 12,2023


The Panthers have their second opportunity to advance to the Eastern Conference Final while the Maple Leafs aim to force a Game 6.

Meanwhile, both the Oilers and Golden Knights have the chance to take a series lead in their Second Round matchup – one that has seen the teams trade wins through the first four contests.

* The Panthers currently lead the NHL with five road victories and have not lost a contest as the visitors since Game 1 of the 2023 First Round. Florida can establish a franchise record for the most road wins in a single postseason should they leave Scotiabank Arena victorious Thursday (5 in 1996) and can become the second team in the past decade to post a road winning streak of six-plus games in a playoff year. Colorado, with a seven-game run last postseason en route to its Stanley Cup championship, is the only team to accomplish the feat since 2013.

* Mitchell Marner currently leads the Maple Leafs in points through the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs and recorded a multi-point outing in Game 4 to help the club extend their series. The Maple Leafs had 27 home wins during the regular season – behind only the Bruins (34), Lightning (28) and Hurricanes (28) – and were led in those contests by Marner (15-36—51 in 40 GP) at Scotiabank Arena, which was tied for the third-most assists at home in a single season in franchise history.

Mark Stone enters Game 5 with 4-7—11 (9 GP) and can match the franchise benchmark for most points through the first 10 games of a postseason should he find the score sheet Friday – the mark he set in 2019 despite skating in just seven contests (6-6—12). Following a loss in the playoffs, Stone owns career totals of 6-9—15 across 30 games.

Evan Bouchard (4-11—15 in 10 GP), who currently leads all defensemen in scoring this postseason, aims to continue his breakout and help Edmonton gain a 3-2 series lead before heading north of the border for Game 6. The blueliner has been contributing to an Oilers power play operating at a 44.1% success rate (15 for 34) – by far the highest on record in a postseason. Bouchard has the most power-play points by any player through 10 playoff games (4-9—13) since Mario Lemieux in 1992 (15).

Source: NHL Morning Skate: Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition – May 12, 2023

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