Preview: Panthers @ Stars, 9/27/15

9/27/15 – 8:00 PM ET 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Panthers (2-2-0) 0
@ Stars (1-2-0) 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
Dallas Stars Goals Assists Points
1. Tyler Seguin 3 1 4
2. Esa Lindell 1 1 2
3. Patrick Sharp 1 1 2
4. Brendan Ranford 1 1 2
5. John Klingberg 0 2 2

Between the Lines

The Panthers will face the Stars for the second time in less than week on Sunday when they visit American Airlines Center in Texas. The two teams last met on Tuesday at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida and the Panthers went left the ice with a win thanks to a two-goal night by Jonathan Huberdeau and powerplay goal from Nick Bjugstad. The Stars fought back though, scoring two straight goals on backup goaltender Mike McKenna in the 3rd, but could not complete the comeback. The Stars scored a goal in the 3-on-3 OT but it did not count towards the score in regulation due to the league merely wanting to test the new format.

The Panthers are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning last night. The Bolts took advantage of nearly all of the Cats’ defensive errors and left goaltender Al Montoya out to dry. Montoya had a pretty good showing aside from the 4 goals allowed and kept that Panthers in the game several times (especially early on) with some huge saves on Brian Boyle, Steven Stamkos, and Nikita Kucherov. Vincent Trocheck was awarded a goal in the 3rd period after the officials huddled to discuss whether or not the puck crosses the goal line. Trocheck tapped the puck over the goal line after a Brandon Pirri wrist shot hit the cross-bar.

Dallas is returning home after a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, with Vladimir Tarasenko and Paul Stastny combining for 4 goals on the night. Aside from a few veteran players like Jason Spezza, Kari Lehtonen, and Curtis McKenzie, the Stars went with a mostly young lineup like they did against the Panthers on Tuesday. It’s likely that tomorrow’s game, the Stars could use a combination of the lineups from their two games played thus far. On the Panthers’ side of things, The Huberdeau-Barkov-Jagr line could be back in action again after taking the night off against Tampa and Luongo will likely get a full start as Montoya did. Several players are still fighting for a roster spot with the Cats, and it was reported yesterday that only David Booth or Martin Havlat will be offered a contract rather than both. Other non-regulars still on the roster include MacKenzie Weegar, Mike Matheson, Connor Brickley, Rocco Grimaldi, Lawson Crouse, Shane Harper, and Quinton Howden, among others.

Pre-game Tweets

[tweet https://twitter.com/Cats0ntheprowl/status/648280233573924864] [tweet https://twitter.com/GeorgeRichards/status/648272916405190656]
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