Preview: Ducks @ Panthers, 11/19/15

Game #19
Anaheim Ducks (6-9-4 / 16 PTS) @ Florida Panthers (8-7-3 / 17 PTS)
Thursday, November 19, 2015 – 7:30PM EST
BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL

Projected Line Combinations

Florida_Panthers.svg Anaheim_Ducks.svg
11 Huberdeau – 16 Barkov – 68 Jagr L1 67 Rakell – 15 Getzlaf – 10 Perry
36 Jokinen – 27 Bjugstad – 18 Smith L2 37 Ritchie – 17 Kesler – 33 Silfverberg
73 Pirri – 21 Trocheck – 63 Bolland L3 26 Hagelin – 22 Horcoff – Cogliano
28 Wilson – 17 MacKenzie – 22 Thornton L4 19 Maroon – 25 Santorelli – 29 Stewart
51 Campbell – 5 Ekblad D1 47 Lindholm – 2 Bieksa
3 Kampfer – 6 Petrovic D2 4 Fowler – 5 Holzer
33 Mitchell – 44 Gudbranson D3 3 Stoner – 45 Vatanen
1 Luongo – 35 Montoya G 31 Andersen – 30 Khudobin
Grimaldi, Howden X Manson
 Kulikov, Savard, Hodges INJ Sekac, Despres

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 7 7 14
2. Vincent Trocheck 7 6 13
3. Jussi Jokinen 4 8 12
4. Nick Bjugstad 6 5 11
5. Reilly Smith 5 5 10

Anaheim Ducks

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Corey Perry 5 6 11
2. Sami Vatanen 4 4 8
3. Rickard Rakell 3 5 8
4. Ryan Getzlaf 1 6 7
5. Ryan Kesler 1 6 7

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 6-6-2 .926 2.35

Anaheim Ducks

Name Record Save % GAA
Frederick Andersen 3-6-4 .918 2.48

Between the Lines

The Panthers will face-off against the Anaheim Ducks for the second time this season on Thursday night after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning at home on Monday. The score was gridlocked at 0 for 59 minutes and 40 seconds until Aaron Ekblad sent his signature half slapshot towards the net for his second last-minute goal in as many games. The puck deflected off Victor Hedman in front of the net and behind Andrej Vasilevskiy to give the Panthers their 3rd win in 4 games and 2nd straight against the Lightning. Aleksander Barkov played his first game in almost three weeks since suffering a broken hand on October 22nd and the top line didn’t look at of sync. They didn’t score against the Lightning, but they possessed the puck quite often and got a couple scoring chances. Steven Kampfer slotted in for Dmitry Kulikov who is out for at least a week with a leg injury sustained on Saturday against the Lightning, and an MRI revealed on Monday that fortunately there was no serious injury.

The Ducks are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night during which they put up 40 shots on goaltender Pekka Rinne. Anaheim pulled goaltender Frederick Andersen after he allowed 3 goals on 10 shots, and Anton Khudobin stopped the remaining 11 shots. Richard Rakell scored the first goal for the Ducks while Mike Santorelli scored the second just 5 minutes into the 3rd, but it turned out to be too little too late. Nick Ritchie, who was selected 10th overall in 2014, made his NHL debut on Monday against the Hurricanes, and while the Ducks also called on prospect Shea Theodore on Tuesday, he was quickly sent back down before he could make his debut.

The Panthers and Ducks last faced each other on November 4th when Florida lost 3-2 in a shootout. The Panthers had a 2-1 lead thanks to Rocco Grimaldi and Erik Gudbranson until Corey Perry tied the game with 6 seconds remaining in the 3rd period. In the shootout, Brandon Pirri scored the lone Panthers goal while Jakob Silfverberg and Chris Stewart scored for the Ducks to put it away. Ryan Getzlaf will be in the lineup on Thursday after missing the first game against the Panthers following an appendectomy.

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Lightning on Monday night for their 18th game of the season and won 1-0 in regulation. You can find our recap by clicking here, and the NHL recap can be found below:

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