Preview: Panthers @ Hurricanes, 10/13/15

10/13/15 – 7:00 PM ET 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Panthers (1-1-0) 0
@ Hurricanes (0-2-0) 0

At A Glance

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Vincent Trocheck 1 3 4
2. Jaromir Jagr 2 0 2
3. Jussi Jokinen 1 1 2
4. Reilly Smith 2 0 2
5. Brandon Pirri 0 2 2

Carolina Hurricanes

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Justin Faulk 1 1 2
2. John-Michael Liles 0 1 1
3. Eric Staal 1 0 1
4. Kris Versteeg 0 1 1
5. Nathan Gerbe 1 0 1

Projected Lineups

Florida Panthers

Forwards LW C RW
Line 1: 11 – Jonathan Huberdeau 16 – Aleksander Barkov 68 – Jaromir Jagr
Line 2: 73 – Brandon Pirri 27 – Nick Bjugstad 18 – Reilly Smith
Line 3: 36 – Jussi Jokinen 63 – Dave Bolland 21 – Vincent Trocheck
Line 4: 42 – Quinton Howden 17 – Derek MacKenzie 86 – Connor Brickley
Defensemen LD RD
Pairing 1: 51 – Brian Campbell 5 – Aaron Ekblad
Pairing 2: 7 – Dmitry Kulikov 6 – Alex Petrovic
Pairing 3: 33 – Willie Mitchell 44 – Erik Gudbranson
Goaltenders Record SV% GAA
1 – Roberto Luongo 1-1-0 .972 1.01
35 – Al Montoya (confirmed starter) 0-0-0 .000 0.00

Scratches & Injuries

Player Status Description
Steven Hodges Injured reserve Off-season surgery
Steven Kampfer Available Healthy scratch
Dylan Olsen Available Healthy scratch
Marc Savard Long-term injured reserve Concussion
Shawn Thornton Available Healthy scratch

Carolina Hurricanes

Forwards LW C RW
Line 1: 12 – Eric Staal 49 – Victor Rask 32 – Kris Versteeg
Line 2: 14 – Nathan Gerbe 11 – Jordan Staal 42 – Joakim Nordstrom
Line 3: 53 – Jeff Skinner 16 – Elias Lindholm 25 – Chris Terry
Line 4: 24 – Brad Malone 18 – Jay McClement 15 – Andrej Nestrasil
Defensemen LD RD
Pairing 1: 65 – Ron Hainsey 27 – Justin Faulk
Pairing 2: 26 – John-Michael Liles 47 – Michal Jordan
Pairing 3: 5 – Noah Hanifin 7 – Ryan Murphy
Goaltenders Record SV% GAA
30 – Cam Ward 0-2-0 .864 3.08
31 – Eddie Lack (confirmed starter) 0-0-0 .000 0.00

Scratches & Injuries

Player Status Description
Danny Biega Available Healthy scratch
Riley Nash Injured Shoulder
James Wisniewski Injured reserve Torn ACL

Between the Lines

The Panthers enter their game Tuesday night having lost to the Flyers yesterday 1-0 in what was a physical affair. The Flyers scored early and prevented the Panthers from sustaining offensive pressure by winning board battles, intercepting passes, blocking shots, and clogging the neutral zone, and the Panthers were unable to get their forecheck going after dumping the puck in to the offensive zone. The power play went 0-for-6 just 48 hours after going 3-for-7 on opening night in addition to the 4 even strength goals, and there were no quality chances to be had for the Panthers until the 2nd half of the game. Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who started in place of Steve Mason, was strong in his first full game of the season, as was Roberto Luongo who stopped 30 shots and has only allowed 2 goals in total over his 2 starts thus far.

The Hurricanes will face the Panthers tonight after having not played since Saturday night when they were defeated 4-3 by the Detroit Red Wings. Despite dominating Detroit in the shot department 47-19, the Hurricanes were only able to find the back of the net three times with two of their goals being scored in the 1st period. Teemu Pulkkinen scored twice for the Red Wings in the 3rd period and Justin Abdelkader tallied another to give Detroit a 4-2 lead before Justin Faulk trimmed the deficit to 1 goal on the power play. The 5th overall pick of the 2015 Draft, Noah Hanifin, tallied his first NHL point – an assist – on Victor Rask’s 1st period goal and Riley Nash had just under 2 minutes of ice-time before leaving the game with a shoulder injury. The Hurricanes will be without Nash for 10-14 days as well as defenseman James Wisniewski for 6 months after he tore his ACL in their season opener. Eddie Lack will get the start for the Hurricanes while Al Montoya will be between the pipes for the Panthers after Luongo started last night against the Flyers. Quinton Howden will likely draw into the line-up for the Panthers and doing so will give them some much-need fresh legs and speed on the second game of the back-to-back.

Who’s hot?

Vincent Trocheck had 4 points in the Panthers’ home opener on Saturday while Jaromir Jagr and Reilly Smith tallied two goals each. Erik Gudbranson had a strong defensive showing against the Flyers, and Dave Bolland looked impressive by creating some offense late in the game and threw the body several times. Connor Brickley was also physical last night and made a nice defensive play by stripping Wayne Simmonds of the puck at the Panthers’ blue-line and then dumping it back into the Flyers’ zone.

Pre-Game Reading

Be sure to check out the following COTP articles written over the past few weeks to be sure you’re ready for game #3;

Recap: Panthers @ Flyers, 10/12/15

2015-16 Florida Panthers Season Preview

Meet the newest Panther: Reilly Smith

Brickley ready to make an impact at the NHL level

Off-season, pre-season prove Panthers’ depth is better than ever

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Flyers last night for the second time in as many games and lost 1-0. You can find a link to our recap of that game under the “Pre-Game Reading” section above. Here’s the NHL video recap of last night’s game:

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Pre-game Tweets


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