Preview: Panthers @ Stars, 10/24/15

10/24/15 – 8:00 PM ET 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Panthers (3-3-1) 0
Stars (6-1-0) 0

At A Glance

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 4 3 8
2. Aleksander Barkov 3 3 6
3. Vincent Trocheck 2 3 5
4. Reilly Smith 2 2 4
5. Brandon Pirri 1 3 4

Dallas Stars

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jamie Benn 6 4 10
2. Tyler Seguin 4 6 10
3. Jason Spezza 5 3 8
4. Ales Hemsky 1 5 6
5. John Klingberg 1 5 6

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 2-3-1 .934 2.17

Dallas Stars

Name Record Save % GAA
Kari Lehtonen 3-0-0 .920 2.35

Projected Lineups

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11 Huberdeau – 16 Bjugstad – 68 Jagr L1 14 Benn – 91 Seguin – 10 Sharp
73 Pirri – 21 Trocheck – 42 Howden L2 13 Janmark – 90 Spezza – 43 Nichushkin
36 Jokinen – 63 Bolland – 18 Smith L3 21 Roussel – 20 Eakin – 83 Hemsky
86 Brickley – 17 MacKenzie – 22 Thornton L4 38 Fidler – 12 Faksa – 22 Sceviour
51 Campbell – 5 Ekblad D1 33 Goligoski – 3 Klingberg
7 Kulikov – 6 Petrovic D2 47 Oduya – 5 Oleksiak
33 Mitchell – 44 Gudbranson D3 24 Benn – 2 Jokipakka
 35 Montoya G1 32 Lehtonen
 1 Luongo G2 31 Niemi
 3 Kampfer, 4 Olsen X 15 Nemeth, 4 Demers (suspended 2 games)
 Savard, Hodges, Barkov IR  Eaves, McKenzie, Ritchie, Moen

Between the Lines

The Panthers enter the final game of their three-game road trip and it’ll be a rematch of last Saturday’s matchup against the Dallas Stars. It will be tough sledding for the Panthers as they’ll be without arguably their best player and number 1 center in Aleksander Barkov after he left Thursday’s game in the 2nd due to a hand injury after blocking a slapshot. Barkov will miss Saturday’s game and will be reevaluated on Monday. His current status is day-to-day, and that’s both positive and very telling as if he had a fracture or break in a bone, his return estimation would be much farther away. The Panthers had a rough night all around as the Blackhawks capitalized on the Panthers undisciplined play by scoring 2 goals on 8 power play opportunities, and the first goal was the result of a defensive miscue by Steven Kampfer and Dave Bolland early in the 1st period. Vincent Trocheck tallied the Panthers’ first goal during a net-front scrum, and Jaromir Jagr got the 2nd goal by tapping in the puck as it sat on the goal-line following a cross-ice pass on a 5-on-3 advantage.

“It’s a big loss. He’s our best player,” said Jaromir Jagr when asked about losing Aleksander Barkov to injury.

The Stars enter Saturday night’s tilt as the best team in the Western Conference by boasting a 6-1 record. They have the 2nd best goal differential in the league (+10) and have scored the 2nd most goals (25) in the league as well. After beating the Panthers three games ago, they defeated the Penguins Thursday night 4-1 and the Flyers 2-1 on Tuesday to extend their winning streak to 5 games. The Stars led the entire night on Thursday as John Klingberg tallied a goal and an assist, and Jason Spezza added his 5th goal of the season. They’ve allowed just 4 goals over their past three games and have undoubtedly been a force to be reckoned with through their first 7 games of the season.

Like they nearly did last Saturday, the Panthers will need to shutdown Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, and Jason Spezza as they are the most dangerous players for the Stars. The Panthers will also need to play much more disciplined hockey than they did against the Blackhawks as being in the box 8 times over the course of the game really limited their puck possession and offensive zone time.

Pre-Game Reading

Recap: Panthers @ Blackhawks, 10/22/15

Panthers give Blackhawks plenty of power play time and Chicago cashes in during 3-2 win – by George Richards, Miami Herald

Blackhawks power past Panthers 3-2 – by Harvey Fialkov, Sun-Sentinel

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Blackhawks on Thursday night lost 3-2. You can find a link to our recap of that game under the “Pre-Game Reading” section above.

The Panthers are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games against the Stars and went 0-1-1 in two games last season. The last time the two teams met was last Saturday when the Stars won 4-2 in regulation with Brandon Pirri and Aleksander Barkov tallying the Panther goals.

Here’s the NHL video recap of the Panthers’ last game which was against the Blackhawks:

Pre-game Tweets


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