Preview: Panthers @ Red Wings, 11/29/15

Game #23
Florida Panthers (9-9-4 / 20 PTS) @ Detroit Red Wings (12-8-3 / 27 PTS)
Sunday, November 29, 2015 – 2:00 PM EST
Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, MI

Projected Line Combinations

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73 Pirri – 16 Barkov – 68 Jagr L1 Abdelkader – 40 Zetterberg – 71 Larkin
11 Huberdeau – 27 Bjugstad – 48 Shaw L2 56 Pulkkinen – 13 Datsyuk – 26 Jurco
36 Jokinen – 21 Trocheck – 18 Smith L3 21 Tatar – 15 Sheahan – 14 Nyquist
 42 Howden – 17 MacKenzie – 86 Brickley L4 20 Miller – 41 Glendening – 43 Helm
5Campbell – 44 Gudbranson D1 55 Kronwall – 25 Green
33 Mitchell – 4 Olsen D2 65 Dekeyser – 52 Ericsson
Kampfer Ekblad D3 2 Smith – 47 Marchenko
1 Luongo – 35 Montoya G 34 Mrazek – 35 Howard
Bolland, Thornton, Petrovic X Richards, Andersson
Kulikov, Savard, Hodges INJ Franzen, Quincey

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 8 10 18
2. Jussi Jokinen 6 9 15
3. Vincent Trocheck 7 7 14
4. Nick Bjugstad 7 5 12
5. Reilly Smith 5 7 12

Detroit Red Wings

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Henrik Zetterberg 4 16 20
2. Dylan Larkin 9 8 17
3. Tomas Tatar 8 9 17
4. Gustav Nyquist 8 6 14
5. Justin Abdelkader 5 7 12

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 7-8-3 .922 2.45

Detroit Red Wings

Name Record Save % GAA
Peter Mrazek 6-4-2 .931 2.21

Between the Lines

The Panthers will face the Detroit Red Wings for the first time this season in game 1 of a 5-game road trip after defeating the New York Islanders 3-2 in a shootout on Friday night to end a 5-game homestand. Brandon Pirri scored the first goal of the game while playing on a tweaked top line which also included Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr. Jussi Jokinen would score the 2nd goal of the game on a great feed from Vincent Trocheck , but the Islanders would need just two minutes in the 3rd period to get things tied up. Although overtime is supposed to be a 3-on-3 affair, a penalty to Connor Brickley ended during the session and the two teams played 4-on-4 for nearly the entire period before a whistle was blown with seconds remaining. Brickley nearly ended the game on a breakaway as he left the penalty box just in time to receive a stretch pass. In the shootout, 9 straight shooters scored, including all for the Panthers and 4 for the Islanderes, to set an NHL record. It was capped off by a great one-handed goal by Aleksander Barkov and the only shootout save of the night by Roberto Luongo.

Florida called up defenseman Dylan Olsen on Saturday as Alex Petrovic is expected to miss a few games with an ankle injury. Petrovic blocked an Alex Ovechkin slap shot back on October 31st and it’s being reported that the injury has flared up. Jaromir Jagr missed most of the 3rd period against the Islanders after colliding with Brandon Pirri in the 2nd period, however Jagr skated on Saturday and is expected to play on Sunday against the Red Wings.

The Detroit Red Wings faced the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night and won 4-3 in overtime. After the Wings scored the game’s first 2 goals, the Oilers tied the game with 2 quick goals. Detroit made it 3-2 late in the 2nd period, but Edmonton tied it up again in the 3rd period before Niklas Kronwall scored the game-winner in overtime. Detroit called up forward Tomas Jurco from the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday after a 5-game conditioning stint during which he tallied 5 goals and 4 assists including a hat-trick.

 

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Islanders on Friday night for their 22nd game of the season and won 3-2 in a shootout. You can find our recap by clicking here, and the NHL recap can be found below:

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