Preview: Oilers @ Panthers, 1/18/16

Game #46
Edmonton Oilers (18-23-5 / 37 PTS) Florida Panthers (26-14-5 / 57 PTS)
Monday, January 18th, 2016 – 7:30 PM EST
BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL

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 44 Kassian – 55 Letestu – 10 Yakupov
22 Thornton – 17 MacKenzie – 53 Knight L4 20 Gazdic – 23 Hendricks – 26 Pakarinen
Kulikov – 3 Kampfer D1 Sekera – 5 Fayne
44 Gudbranson – 5Campbell D2 25 Nurse – 19 Schultz
Petrovic – 33 Mitchell D3 88 Davidson – 62 Gryba
35 Montoya – 1 Luongo G 33 Talbot – 39 Nilsson
Howden, Ekblad, Bolland X Hunt, Korpikoski, Lander
INJ McDavid, Klefbom, Ference

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 18 26
5. Vincent Trocheck 12 12 24

Edmonton Oilers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Taylor Hall 16 26 42
2. Leon Draisaitl 10 24 34
3. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 8 21 29
4. Teddy Purcell 9 16 25
5. Jordan Eberle 10 11 21

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Al Montoya 7-1-1 .937 1.71

Edmonton Oilers

Name Record Save % GAA
Cam Talbot 8-13-3 .914 2.58

Between the Lines

The Panthers and Oilers will meet for the second time in just over a week on Monday. Florida is coming off a 3-1 loss to the Lightning on Sunday in which Nick Bjugstad scored the lone goal and his first since returning from a month-long absence due to migraines. The Panthers didn’t come alive until the 3rd period when they put 14 shots towards Ben Bishop and improved their power play which was stagnant during the first 3 opportunities. The Oilers are coming off a 2-1 shootout win against the Calgary Flames on Saturday in which Teddy Purcell scored the game-winner after a 3rd period goal from Mark Fayne. Monday’s game will be the first of a 4-game homestand for the Panthers.

The big story for Monday’s game is the return of Matt Hendricks who will be eligible to play for the first time after since serving a 3-game suspension which was handed down as a result of this hit on Aaron Ekblad last Sunday:

It will be interesting to see how the Panthers will respond especially considering Ekblad has not played since that game and is expected to be out until at least this coming Friday or Saturday. Expect Shawn Thornton to be in the lineup and ready to deal with Hendricks if he does indeed play, and you can expect the Panthers to be pumped up for this game overall especially since they’ve now lost 3 in a row. The Panthers defeated the Oilers last Sunday by a score of 2-1 with goals from Jonathan Huberdeau and Jaromir Jagr.

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Lightning on Sunday for their 45th game of the season and lost 3-1. You can find our recap by clicking here.

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