Preview: Lightning @ Panthers, 11/16/15

Game #18
Tampa Bay Lightning (8-8-3 / 19 PTS) @ Florida Panthers (7-7-3 / 17 PTS)
Monday, November 16, 2015 – 7:30PM EST
BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL

Projected Line Combinations

11 Huberdeau – 16 Barkov – 68 Jagr L1 90 Namestnikov – 91 Stamkos – 24 Callahan
36 Jokinen – 27 Bjugstad – 18 Smith L2 17 Killorn – 42 Marchessault – 86 Kucherov
73 Pirri – 21 Trocheck – 23 Grimaldi L3 15 Filppula – 11 Boyle – 22 Condra
42 Howden – 17 MacKenzie – 63 Bolland L4 23 Brown – 20 Taormina – 46 Blunden
51 Campbell – 5 Ekblad D1 77 Hedman – Stralman
3 Kampfer – 6 Petrovic D2 25 Carle – Garrison
33 Mitchell – 44 Gudbranson D3 55 Coburn – 62 Sustr
1 Luongo – 35 Montoya G 88 Vasilevskiy – 30 Bishop
Wilson, Thornton X Drouin, Paquette, Johnson
 Kulikov, Savard, Hodges INJ Palat, Ohlund

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 7 6 13
2. Vincent Trocheck 7 6 13
3. Jussi Jokinen 4 8 12
4. Nick Bjugstad 6 5 11
5. Reilly Smith 5 5 10

Tampa Bay Lightning

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Steven Stamkos 9 4 13
2. Victor Hedman 1 11 12
3. Nikita Kucherov 5 5 10
4. Tyler Johnson 3 7 10
5. Vladislav Namestnikov 5 3 8

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 5-6-2 .919 2.53

Tampa Bay Lightning

Name Record Save % GAA
Ben Bishop 6-7-2 .918 2.26

Between the Lines

The Panthers got back on the winning side of things on Saturday with a character win in a chaotic game for the first of a home-and-home series against the Lightning. Vincent Trocheck’s speed down the wing and attempted wraparound left the puck in the blue paint and Jussi Jokinen was able to tap it into the net for the first goal of the game. The Lightning scored the next two goals by capitalizing on rare miscues by Roberto Luongo, and Nick Bjugstad tied things back up at 2 with a sweet breakaway goal. Brandon Pirri reclaimed the lead for the Panthers after scoring on a penalty shot with his patented move, but the Lightning would tie the game and then take the lead with another two straight goals.

The Panthers got a rare break when the Lightning got called for a delay of game penalty with 43 seconds left in the period and Luongo pulled for the extra-attaker, and it didn’t take long for them to capitalize with the 6-on-4 advantage. Dave Bolland won the first face-off with the 2-man advantage and got the puck back to Aaron Ekblad who put a half slap shot past Ben Bishop to tie the game. In overtime, Vincent Trocheck had a breakaway off the opening face-off and nearly scored, while Roberto Luongo would stop Steven Stamkos on a penalty shot opportunity late in the period. In the shootout, Brandon Pirri scored the only goal using the same move he scored with earlier in the game, and the Panthers won 5-4.

Dmitry Kulikov will not play in Monday’s rematch against the Lightning after sustaining what is believed to be an ankle/leg injury early in the 2nd period on Saturday. Kulikov apparently has apparently had soreness for the past week, so the two checks into the boards he received on Saturday probably didn’t help the cause. Meanwhile, it’s been reported that Aleksander Barkov will likely return to the lineup on Monday after missing 10 games with a broken hand sustained while blocking a shot against the Blackhawks back on October 22nd. The Panthers have gone 4-4-2 so far in his absence, and he has participated in several morning skates dating back to his first one on November 12. Gerard Gallant confirmed on Sunday that Steven Kampfer will fill in for Kulikov who’s expected to miss at least a week while he gets an MRI, and Roberto Luongo will be back between the pipes.

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Lightning on Saturday night for their 17th game of the season and won 5-4 in a shootout. You can find our recap by clicking here, and the NHL recap can be found below:


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