Aaron Ekblad has just eight points but missed 11 games earlier this season due to injury.
The other key member of the defense is Marc Staal, 35, who is in his 16th NHL season and has 49 career goals and 166 assists.
On offense, the Panthers’ leading scorer is Carter Verhaeghe, who has 12. Matthew Tkachuk leads the Panthers in assists (18) and points (27).
Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov (18 points), who scored a career-high 39 goals last season, missed the Blues game with an illness unrelated to COVID. He did not travel with the team to Alberta for Monday’s game in Edmonton and Tuesday’s game in Calgary.
In goal, 34-year-old Sergei Bobrovsky started this season as a starter. But he fell with a 4-5-1 record and a 3.62 goals-against average.
Former backup goaltender Spencer Knight, 21, has started six of Florida’s last nine games. Knight, who was Florida’s 2019 first-round pick, has played just 47 NHL games, including 40 starts. But he has better numbers than Bobrovsky this season, including a 6-3-2 record and a 2.63 GAA.
As for the Oilers, they aren’t totally thrilled with the way they played against the Rangers.
“It was a big character win,” said Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl, who scored what became the game-winning goal with 2:02 to go. “But we can’t lose 3-0 every game. … It’s too exhausting for the players.”
As expected, the Oilers’ top two scorers are Connor McDavid (16 goals, club record, 20 assists) and Draisaitl (12 goals, 20 assists).
Scoring depth for Edmonton comes primarily from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (22 points) and Zach Hyman (19).
The Oilers reached the Western Conference Finals last season, their best finish since 2005-06.
After the season, the Oilers signed goaltender Jack Campbell away from Toronto. Campbell, 30, was signed to a five-year, $25 million contract. The former first-round pick is 7-5-0 with a 4.04 GAA.
Stuart Skinner, Edmonton’s 2017 third-round pick, is the backup goaltender, posting a 4-5-0 record with a 2.78 GAA.