Preview: Panthers @ Lightning, 9/25/15

9/25/15 – 7:30 PM ET 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Panthers (2-1-0) 0
Lightning (0-1-1) 0

At A Glance

Top 5 Scorers (Preseason)

Florida Panthers Goals Assists Points
1. Nick Bjugstad 1 1 2
2. Shane Harper 1 1 2
3. Kyle Rau 0 2 2
4. Jaromir Jagr 0 2 2
5. Jonathan Huberdeau 2 0 2
Tampa Bay Lightning Goals Assists Points
1. J.T. Brown 1 0 1
2. Erik Condra 1 0 1
3. Jonathan Drouin 1 0 1
4. Vladislav Namestnikov 1 0 1
5. Mike Angelidis 0 1 1

Between the Lines

The Panthers are heading a few hours northwest to Tampa to face the Lightning just a couple of days after handing the Stars their first loss of the preseason at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. The Stars were sent packing after Jonathan Huberdeau scored 2 goals, including one by way of his signature deke, and after Nick Bjugstad sniped one top corner on the powerplay. You can check out our full recap of the game as well as listen to head coach Gerard Gallant’s post-game comments by clicking here. You can find a video recap of the game here.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are coming off a 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night. It appears Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has fully recovered from Aleksander Barkov’s backhanded breakaway move from Sunday night and was instrumental in holding down the fort against Tampa.

The Panthers and Lightning faced each other twice during last year’s preseason, and the Lightning took both games by a score of 3-0 and 4-1 respectively. The Lightning will be looking to build on their Eastern Conference Championship season from last year, and they’ll once again be lead by a boat-load of young talent including Ondrej Palat, Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Drouin, Tyler Johnson, Victor Hedman, and Nikita Kucherov. Overall, their roster is largely unchanged aside from the addition of Erik Condra, and Andrei Vasilevsky will be out at least a couple more months after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot.

Roster

Click here for the tonight’s lineups.

Pre-game Tweets

[tweet https://twitter.com/GeorgeRichards/status/647100569287528448] [tweet https://twitter.com/flapantherspr/status/647453332043382784]
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