Preview: Panthers @ Lightning, 1/17/16

Game #45
Florida Panthers (26-13-5 / 57 PTS) @ Tampa Bay Lightning (23-17-4 / 50 PTS)
Sunday, January 17th, 2016 – 5:00PM EST
Amalie Arena – Tampa, FL

Projected Line Combinations

Florida_Panthers.svg
11 Huberdeau – 16 Barkov – 68 Jagr L1 90 Namestnikov – 91 Stamkos – 18 Palat
36 Jokinen –21 Trocheck – 18 Smith L2 17 Killorn – 9 Johnson – 86 Kucherov
73 Pirri –  27 Bjugstad – 48 Shaw L3 15 Filppula – 13 Paquette – 24 Callahan
42 Howden – 17 MacKenzie – 53 Knight L4 23 Brown – 11 Boyle – 22 Condra
51 Campbell – 44 Gudbranson D1 77 Hedman – Stralman
Kampfer – 7 Kulikov D2 62 Sustr – Garrison
33 Mitchell – Petrovic D3 55 Coburn – 89 Nesterov
1 Luongo – 35 Montoya G 30 Bishop – 88 Vasilevskiy
 Thornton, Ekblad, Bolland X Marchessault, Carle
INJ Ohlund

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 15 17 32
2. Jonathan Huberdeau 7 24 31
3. Aleksander Barkov 12 16 28
4. Jussi Jokinen 8 17 25
5. Vincent Trocheck 12 12 24

Tampa Bay Lightning

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Steven Stamkos 20 15 35
2. Nikita Kucherov 16 19 35
3. Victor Hedman 3 21 24
4. Vladislav Namestnikov 9 14 23
5. Valtteri Filppula 6 15 21

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 19-12-4 .927 2.18

Tampa Bay Lightning

Name Record Save % GAA
Ben Bishop 17-13-3 .926 2.00

Between the Lines

The Panthers will face the Lightning for the 3rd time this season on Sunday evening when the two teams meet in Tampa. The Panthers were rocked in their last game on Wednesday night when the Calgary Flames scored 6 unanswered goals, 4 of which belonged to Sam Bennett, to shutout the Panthers 6-0 in what was a lopsided affair. Roberto Luongo was pulled in favor of Al Montoya during the 1st intermission after allowing the first 4 goals of the game. The Lightning are coming off a 5-4 overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday which saw Vladislav Namestnikov get the game-winning goal to complete the hat-trick.

Aaron Ekblad missed his 2nd straight game on Wednesday after being boarded by Matt Hendricks last Sunday against the Oilers, and Cats on the Prowl learned on Saturday that the young defenseman could be out 1-2 weeks as he goes through the concussion protocol. Gerard Gallant confirmed after practice that Ekblad will miss Sunday’s game against the Lightning as well as Monday’s rematch against the Oilers, but he could be back next Friday against the Blackhawks. Gerard Gallant will be back behind the bench for the Panthers after he missed Wednesday’s game to attend his mother’s funeral.

The two teams last met in consecutive games on November 14th and November 16th. In the first game, Aaron Ekblad scoring the tying goal with 38 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Brandon Pirri would go on to get the winner in the shootout. In the second game, Ekblad scored the only goal to break a 0-0 tie with 21 seconds left in regulation to earn the win for the Panthers.

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Flames on Wednesday night for their 44th game of the season and lost 6-0 in a shootout. You can find our recap by clicking here, and the NHL recap can be found below:

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