Kuemper has not played in a game in more than two months due to a lower-body injury. He was called up from AHL Tucson on Sunday. Prior to his injury, he was playing extremely well. He recorded a 15-8 mark and had a 2.17 goals-against average. He tallied a .929 save percentage in 25 starts.
This is a golden opportunity for Florida to make an impact and get the lead early. As good as Kuemper was prior to his injury, he hasn’t seen NHL action in a while. The Panthers need to make sure to get pucks on him early.
Florida is only seven points out of a playoff spot. Columbus currently holds the second wild-card spot with 76 points. Florida currently has 70 on the season. They come into Tuesday’s action having lost two games in a row. Arizona is sitting comfortably in the second wild-card spot, having beaten Tampa Bay 7-3 on Saturday.
Florida Panthers need to test Arizona Coyotes goalie
The Florida Panthers need to make sure they test Kuemper early. Creating traffic in front of the net will be key. Screens will be crucial offensively. Shielding his vision via screens and moving in front of the net will be paramount for Florida.
Driving towards the net instead of taking simple shots from the point should be a focus. That will put more pressure on Kuemper Injury or not, Kuemper has proven to be a solid goaltender. He is not going to be beaten easily.
The offensive output for Florida is going to need to be strong. Here they have a golden opportunity to face a goalie who is trying to get his game going again. They need to be active and shoot frequently. Getting pucks towards the net and creating traffic should lead to success.
The Florida Panthers need this win, and they have an opportunity to make it happen.