Preview: Panthers @ Canucks, 1/11/15

Game #43
Florida Panthers (25-12-4 / 56 PTS) @ Vancouver Canucks (16-16-10 / 42 PTS)
Monday, January 11th, 2016 – 10:00 PM EST
Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC

Projected Line Combinations

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11 Huberdeau – 16 Barkov – 68 Jagr L1 22 D. Sedin – 33 H. Sedin – 36 Hansen
36 Jokinen – 21 Trocheck – 18 Smith L2 47 Baerstchi – 53 Horvat – 17 Vrbata
73 Pirri – 27 Bjugstad – 48 Shaw L3 26 Etem – 24 Cracknell – 18 Virtanen
42 Howden – 17 MacKenzie – 53 Knight L4 Prust – Vey – 15 Dorsett
Kulikov – 5 Ekblad D1 23 Edler – 8 Tanev
44 Gudbranson – 5Campbell D2 27 Hutton – 6 Weber
Petrovic – 33 Mitchell D3 44 Bartkowski – 55 Biega
35 Montoya – 1 Luongo G 25 Markstrom – 30 Miller
Bolland, Thornton X Kenins, Pedan, Higgins
Savard, Hodges INJ Sbisa, Sutter, Hamhuis, McCann

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 15 16 31
2. Jonathan Huberdeau 6 24 30
3. Aleksander Barkov 12 15 27
4. Vincent Trocheck 12 12 24
5. Jussi Jokinen 7 17 24

Vancouver Canucks

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Daniel Sedin 17 21 38
2. Henrik Sedin 9 25 34
3. Jannik Hansen 12 10 22
4. Radim Vrbata 10 8 18
5. Alex Edler 6 11 17

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 19-11-3 .931 2.06

Vancouver Canucks

Name Record Save % GAA
Jacob Markstrom 5-5-4 .919 2.48

Between the Lines

The Panthers will continue their trip through western Canada on Monday night when they face the Canucks for the 2nd time in less than a month. The two met back on December 20th when the Panthers won their 4th game in a row thanks to Aleksander Barkov’s overtime backcheck and shootout-deciding goal shortly after. The Panthers won their 12th straight game on Sunday when they defeated the Oilers 2-1 in what was a very physical and chippy affair. Jaromir Jagr and Jonathan Huberdeau scored 2 early goals and the Panthers were able to survive the Oilers’ onslaught of shot attempts and dirty checks to secure the victory. Vancouver is coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Lightning on Saturday in which Nikita Kucherov scored the game-winner on a breakaway.

Jacob Markstrom will be the starting goalie for the Canucks and he’ll face Roberto Luongo who is back after Al Montoya started on Sunday. The start will be the first for Markstrom against the Panthers since being traded to Vancouver for Luongo back in March of 2014. He faced two shots in the shootout on December 20th after Ryan Miller was hurt while attempting to stop the first shooter (Brandon Pirri), however he did not start the game or enter before that. It is unclear if Aaron Ekblad will play after being the recipient of a huge check by Matt Hendricks on Sunday. Ekblad went to the locker room briefly but returned and finished the game. Steven Kampfer is healthy (although on the IR) and on the road trip with the Panthers, so he can play if Ekblad is unable to do so.

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Oilers on Sunday for their 42nd game of the season and won 2-1. You can find our recap by clicking here, and the NHL recap can be found below:

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