Each month this season, we're taking a look around the hockey world to check in on how the Checkers' two NHL affiliates are doing, how the call-ups are contributing, how former Checkers are faring and more - all presented by Tom Sauer and Prudential!


39-13-5, 1st in the Atlantic

Even after going through a rough patch (by their standards) of three straight losses to close out February, the Panthers remain one of the NHL’s top teams, currently riding a four-game win streak to keep their hold on the Atlantic Division lead. Paced by the red-hot Jonathan Huberdeau - who sits one point off the league scoring lead - the Panthers have scored at least four goals in each of their last three games and rank as the NHL’s most prolific offense.


  • Points - Jonathan Huberdeau (78), Aleksander Barkov (57), Sam Reinhart (54)
  • Goals - Aleksander Barkov (26), Sam Bennett (24), Anthony Duclair (23)
  • Assists - Jonathan Huberdeau (60), Aaron Ekblad (35), Sam Reinhart (35)

Familar Faces

  • Maxim Mamin picked up an assist in Florida's win over Pittsburgh on March 8
  • Spencer Knight made 29 saves agaisnt Buffalo on March 7 and picked up his first NHL win since Jan. 27
  • Former Checker Gustav Forsling ranks third among Florida defensemen in points


17-37-5, 8th in the Pacific

The Kraken continue to work their way through their first season in the NHL, currently sitting at the bottom of the Pacific Division standings. They kicked off the month of March on a strong note, however, taking down the Predators by a 4-3 score.


  • Points - Jared McCann, Jordan Eberle, Yanni Gourde (33)
  • Goals - Jared McCann (21), Jordan Eberle (15), Yanni Gourde, Calle Jarnkrok (12)
  • Assists - Yanni Gourde (21), Alex Wennberg (19), Jordan Eberle (18)

Familar Faces

  • Kole Lind picked up in assist in the win over Nashville on March 2


  • Saku Maenalanen won a gold medal at the 2022 Olympics with Finland, posting one assist in six games
  • Lucas Wallmark ranked second in goals at the 2022 Olympics and scored the game-winning goal to eliminate Canada in the quarterfinals
  • Derek Ryan became the oldest player in Edmonton franchise history to score a hat trick when he recorded the first of his career on Feb. 26
  • Nicolas Roy ranks sixth on Vegas in scoring
  • Patrick Brown extended his career-high offensive numbers in the NHL with his third goal of the season for Philadelphia on March 3
  • Oliwer Kaski finished the KHL season ranked second among all league defensemen in scoring