Jets vs. Panthers: Live updates, highlights, score from NHL Global Series in Finland

The sightseeing portion of the trip is over. Now, the Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers take to the ice for back-to-back games in Helsinki, Finland as part of the NHL Global Series.

While so much focus is on Finnish stars Patrik Laine of the Jets and Aleksander Barkov of the Panthers playing in their native country, the bottom line is that these are two important games Thursday and Friday because both clubs have not quite found their footing yet this season.

The Jets are a Stanley Cup favorite, and are a respectable 7-4-1 to start out 2018-19. However, their play has been far from consistent, especially 5-on-5, and they lost two of their past three games after starting the season by losing two of three. However, the Jets shine on special teams where they have at least one power play goal in eight consecutive games — and in ten of 12 games overall. The Jets power play is ranked third in the NHL, converting at 31.4 percent.

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Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele enters play on a five-game point-scoring streak as does sophomore winger Kyle Connor. Team captain Blake Wheeler has points in six straight. Scheifele leads the Jets with 12 points, while Connor and Wheeler are one behind.

Laine recently was demoted to the fourth line, and comes in with only three goals — all scored on the power play. His Finnish counterpart, Barkov, has only two goals, but does have eight points in nine games for the struggling Panthers, whose seven points are the fewest in the NHL. Newcomer Mike Hoffman, the former Ottawa Senator, has a team-high five goals, including goals in four consecutive games entering play Thursday.

Florida is 2-4-3 and comes in having lost two of three on a road trip to the Metro New York area. The Panthers do not have a win in regulation yet this season and eight of their nine games have been decided by one goal.

Follow along with our LIVE updates from Thursday’s Jets-Panthers game. Puck drops at 2 pm ET.

10:30 Some pregame news: the Panthers activated goalie Roberto Luongo from IR where he resided since suffering a knee injury in the season opener. And Jets coach Paul Maurice announced that Dmitri Kulikov draws into Thursday’s lineup at the expense of Joe Morrow. It is the third scratch in the past four games for Morrow.

10:00

? Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine speak with the media ahead of tonight’s tilt with the Florida Panthers in Helsinki, Finland.#JetsSuomessa | #NHLGlobalSeries pic.twitter.com/ejKbmoVSqW

9:40

A look into today’s Morning Skate in Helsinki! #JetsSuomessa | #NHLGlobalSeries pic.twitter.com/64UaNJfWM1

9:30

“It’s been amazing. We’re all excited to get it going tonight.” – Yandle on the experience in Finland and getting ready for tonight’s game. pic.twitter.com/GkpiXI4pDo

8:00

Casting some spooky Halloween magic in Finland. ?? pic.twitter.com/PCUfGriHCQ

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