Preview: Senators @ Panthers, 12/22/15

Game #35
Ottawa Senators (17-12-5 / 39 PTS) @ Florida Panthers (18-12-4 / 40 PTS)
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 – 7:30 PM EST
BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL

Projected Line Combinations

Florida_Panthers.svg
11 Huberdeau – 16 Barkov – 68 Jagr L1 68 Hoffman – Turris – 61 Stone
36 Jokinen – 21 Trocheck – 18 Smith L2 10 Prince – 93 Zibanejad – 90 Chiasson
73 Pirri – 17 MacKenzie – 48 Shaw L3 27 Lazar – 44 Pageau – 43 Dzingel
42 Howden – 53 Knight – 86 Brickley L4 59 Dziurzynski – 15 Smith – 25 Neil
Kulikov – 5 Ekblad D1 Methot – 65 Karlsson
33 Mitchell – 5Campbell D2 2 Cowen – 5 Ceci
6 Petrovic 44 Gudbranson D3 74 Borowiecki – 45 Wideman
1 Luongo – 35 Montoya G 41 Anderson – 30 Hammond
Thornton X Ryan, Wiercoch
Bjugstad, Savard, Hodges INJ Phillips, MacArthur, Michalek

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 10 14 24
2. Jussi Jokinen 6 16 23
3. Vincent Trocheck 10 11 21
4. Jonathan Huberdeau 4 17 21
5. Reilly Smith 10 9 19

Ottawa Senators

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Erik Karlsson 9 28 37
2. Mike Hoffman 17 15 32
3. Bobby Ryan 11 21 32
4. Mark Stone 7 21 28
5. Kyle Turris 13 13 26

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 13-11-3 .925 2.26

Ottawa Senators

Name Record Save % GAA
Craig Anderson 15-9-3 .916 2.81

Between the Lines

The Panthers and Senators will face each other in an incredibly important divisional matchup on Tuesday night. The Panthers are coming off a wide open 5-4 shootout win against the Canucks to kick off a 6-game homestand, and it certainly didn’t come easy. The back and forth scoring included the 732nd goal of Jaromir Jagr’s career, Vincent Trocheck’s 10th of the season, Shawn Thornton’s first goal in over a year, and a beautiful one-timer by Aaron Ekblad. Aleksander Barkov’s sick shootout winner secured the Panthers’ 4th straight win and 10th in their last 13 games.

The Senators are coming off a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night. Ottawa had just one lead and it came when Zack Smith scored the first goal of the game while shorthanded in the first period and their only other goal came courtesy of Erik Karlsson in the 2nd period. Andrew Hammond made 30 saves on 33 shots and the Senators allowed 2 empty-netters at the tail end of the 3rd period.

Derek MacKenzie and Alex Petrovic are both expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday after missing 4 games and 12 games respectively. Dylan Olsen and Rocco Grimaldi were returned to the Portland Pirates of the AHL on Monday to allowed for the return of MacKenzie and Petrovic. Nick Bjugstad, who has missed 11 games with migraines, has started skating over the past few days and was working with assistant coach John Madden prior to Monday’s practice. GM Dale Tallon says Bjugstad is still a week to 10 days from returning. There is no new information on injured defenseman Steven Kampfer who has missed 5 games, although we did hear last week that he was having difficulty straightening his leg following a hit from a Washington player.

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Canucks on Sunday for their 34th game of the season and won 5-4. You can find our recap by clicking here, and the NHL recap can be found below:

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