Preview: Panthers @ Oilers, 1/10/16

Game #42
Florida Panthers (25-12-4 / 54 PTS) @ Edmonton Oilers (17-22-3 / 37 PTS)
Sunday, January 10th, 2016 – 9:30 PM EST
Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB

Projected Line Combinations

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11 Huberdeau – 16 Barkov – 68 Jagr L1 Hall – 29 Draisaitl – 16 Purcell
36 Jokinen – 21 Trocheck – 18 Smith L2 67 Pouliot – 93 Nugent-Hopkins – 14 Eberle
73 Pirri – 27 Bjugstad – 48 Shaw L3 23 Hendricks – 55 Letestu – 28 Korpikoski
42 Howden – 17 MacKenzie – 53 Knight L4 12 Klinkhammer – 51 Lander – 26 Pakarinen
Kulikov – 5 Ekblad D1 Sekera – 88 Davidson
44 Gudbranson – 5Campbell D2 25 Nurse – 19 Schultz
Petrovic – 33 Mitchell D3 24 Hunt – 62 Gryba
35 Montoya – 1 Luongo G 33 Talbot – 39 Nilsson
Bolland, Thornton X Gadzic, Fayne
Savard, Hodges INJ McDavid, Yakupov, Klefbom, Ference

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 14 16 30
2. Jonathan Huberdeau 5 24 29
3. Aleksander Barkov 12 14 26
4. Vincent Trocheck 12 12 24
5. Jussi Jokinen 7 17 24

Edmonton Oilers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Taylor Hall 16 25 41
2. Leon Draisaitl 9 23 32
3. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 8 21 29
4. Teddy Purcell 9 16 25
5. Jordan Eberle 10 8 18

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Al Montoya 6-1-1 .938 1.69

Edmonton Oilers

Name Record Save % GAA
Cam Talbot 7-12-2 .909 2.78

Between the Lines

The Panthers and Edmonton Oilers will meet for the first time this season on Sunday night before facing each other in Florida just over a week from now. Florida is riding a win streak which they extended to a franchise-record 11 games on Thursday when they defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 thanks to goals from Reilly Smith and Vincent Trocheck that came 8 seconds apart in the 1st period and a strong night between the pipes by Roberto Luongo. The Panthers have also tied a franchise-record by winning 5 road games in a row and have trailed their opponents for just 14 minutes and 2 seconds over their past 11 games.

The Oilers faced the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, but lost 3-2 as the result of each goal against deflecting off Edmonton players before finding their way to the back of the net. The Oilers had a 2-0 lead heading into the 3rd period from goals by Justin Schultz and Benoit Pouliot, but the Lightning would score 3 straight goals for the win. Edmonton will be without the services of 2015 1st-overall pick Connor McDavid and Oscar Klefbom as both are out with injuries. McDavid had surgery on a broken left clavicle back in early November and won’t be back until after the All-Star Break while Klefbom is recovering from a broken finger. Nail Yakupov is also out with an ankle injury and could play Sunday but is questionable.

Al Montoya will be in net for the Panthers on Sunday with Roberto Luongo slated to start on Monday against Vancouver in the 2nd game of the back-to-back. Montoya has allowed 1 goal in each of his last 4 starts. Defenseman Steven Kampfer remains on the injured reserve, although he’s been practicing with the team for some time now and could be ready if the Panthers decided to put him in the lineup. Iiro Pakarinen, who was originally drafted by the Panthers in the 7th round of the 2011 Draft, is expected to be in the lineup for the Oilers tomorrow. The 24-year old has 3 goals and 2 assists in 31 games this season despite producing at almost a point-per-game pace in the AHL last season.

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Senators on Thursday for their 41st game of the season and won 3-2. You can find our recap by clicking here, and the NHL recap can be found below:

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