Preview: Panthers @ Devils, 12/6/15

Game #27
Florida Panthers (13-9-4 / 30 PTS) @ New Jersey Devils (13-10-3 / 29 PTS)
Sunday, December 6th, 2015 – 7:00 PM EST
Prudential Center – Newark, NJ

Projected Line Combinations

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73 Pirri – 16 Barkov – 68 Jagr L1 13 Cammalleri – 14 Henrique – 20 Stempniak
11 Huberdeau – 21 Trocheck – 18 Smith L2 26 Elias – 51 Kalinin – 21 Palmieri
36 Jokinen – 63 Bolland – 48 Shaw L3 25 Matteau – 16 Josefson – 48 Kennedy
42 Howden – 17 MacKenzie – 86 Brickley L4 18 O’Neill – 11 Gionta – 22 Tootoo
7 Kulikov – 44 Gudbranson D1 Greene – 5 Larsson
33 Mitchell 5Campbell D2 2 Moore – 28 Severson
Kampfer – Ekblad D3 44 Gelinas – 7 Merrill
1 Luongo – 35 Montoya G 35 Schneider – 1 Kinkaid
Thornton, Brickley, Bjugstad X Schlemko, Farnham
Petrovic, Savard, Hodges INJ Tlusty, Ruutu, Zajac

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 8 10 18
2. Jussi Jokinen 6 11 17
3. Vincent Trocheck 8 7 15
4. Jonathan Huberdeau 2 12 14
5. Reilly Smith 6 7 13

New Jersey Devils

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Mike Cammalleri 10 18 28
2. Adam Henrique 12 8 20
3. Lee Stempniak 5 15 20
4. Kyle Palmieri 10 9 19
5. Travis Zajac 6 9 15

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 10-8-3 .928 2.24

New Jersey Devils

Name Record Save % GAA
Cory Schneider 11-7-3 .924 2.12

Between the Lines

The Panthers will play the final game of their 5-game road trip after recording their 5th straight win and 4th straight on the road against the Blue Jackets on Friday. Vincent Trocheck opened the scoring with his 8th goal of the year by banking a pass off a defenders leg in front of the crease and into the net. Michael Chaput tied the game shortly after with a deflection at the front of the net, and things would remain knotted up at one for the remainder of regulation. The Panthers got a power play opportunity at the tail end of the overtime frame, but they were unable to convert and went to a shootout. Brandon Pirri and Vincent Trocheck both missed on their chances, and with Cam Atkinson scoring for the Blue Jackets, the Panthers got a goal from Jonathan Huberdeau to keep them alive. Al Montoya stopped Boone Jenner which set up the game-winner for Aleksander Barkov.

Dmitry Kulikov returned to the lineup after missing 8 games with a knee injury. Prior to Friday’s game, Kulikov was reinstated from the injured reserve, Alex Petrovic was placed on it, and Dylan Olsen was returned to the AHL. Nothing has been made official by the Panthers yet, but Nick Bjugstad won’t join the team in New Jersey and is supposedly back home working out but not skating yet according to Gerard Gallant. Alex Petrovic will begin skating “late next week” according to Gallant and has been working out in the pool to strengthen his ankle.

The Devils are coming off a 4-3 loss to the Flyers in overtime on Friday night in which the game was tied at three different points. Mike Cammalleri tied the game at 3 with one minute remaining in the 3rd period, but Matt Read beat Cory Schneider in overtime to earn the victory. The Devils have three players with 20 points already including Cammalleri, Lee Stempniak, and Adam Henrique who leads the team in goals with 12. Travis Zajac left Friday’s game with an upper body injury and is not expected to play on Sunday.

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Blue Jackets on Thursday for their 26th game of the season and won 2-1 in a shootout. You can find our recap by clicking here, and the NHL recap can be found below:

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