Preview: Maple Leafs @ Panthers, 1/26/16

Game #49
Toronto Maple Leafs (17-20-9 / 43 PTS) Florida Panthers (28-15-5 / 61 PTS)
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 – 7:30PM EST
BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL

Projected Line Combinations

Florida_Panthers.svg
11 Huberdeau – 16 Barkov – 68 Jagr L1 40 Grabner – 43 Kadri – 47 Komarov
36 Jokinen – 21 Trocheck – 18 Smith L2 23 Matthias – 42 Bozak – 15 Parenteau
42 Howden– 27 Bjugstad – 48 Shaw L3 24 Holland – 16 Spaling – 19 Lupul
53 Knight – 17 MacKenzie – 22 Thornton L4 26 Winnik – 56 Froese – 25 Clune
51 Campbell – 44 Gudbranson D1 51 Gardiner – 3 Phaneuf
Kulikov – 5 Ekblad D2 Hunwick – 44 Reilly
Kampfer – Petrovic D3 52 Marincin – 46 Polak
1 Luongo – 35 Montoya G 34 Reimer – 45 Bernier
Pirri, Bolland X Boyes, Leivo, Corrado
Mitchell INJ Robidas, van Riemsdyk

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jonathan Huberdeau 8 26 34
2. Jaromir Jagr 15 18 33
3. Aleksander Barkov 12 18 30
4. Jussi Jokinen 8 20 28
5. Reilly Smith 15 11 26

Toronto Maple Leafs

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Leo Komarov 16 15 31
2. James van Riemsdyk 14 15 29
3. Tyler Bozak 9 20 29
4. Nazem Kadri 9 16 25
5. P.A. Parenteau 11 12 23

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 21-13-4 .930 2.11

Toronto Maple Leafs

Name Record Save % GAA
James Reimer 8-7-6 .937 1.97

Between the Lines

The Panthers and Leafs will meet for the first time this season on Tuesday night. It will be the final game for the Panthers before the All-Star Break which begins January 28th and ends on February 1st. Florida is coming off a 5-2 win against the Lightning on Saturday in the second game of a back-to-back after shutting out the Blackhawks the night before. Jonathan Huberdeau recorded a goal and an assist which allowed him to pass Jaromir Jagr for the team lead in points. Reilly Smith, Nick Bjugstad, and Vincent Trocheck scored goals as well before Brian Campbell added an empty-netter. The win gave the Panthers 14 straight victories with defenseman Aaron Ekblad in the lineup and also extended their lead over the rest of the Atlantic Division to 5 points.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, like the Panthers, haven’t played since Saturday when they lost to the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in a shootout. One of the Leaf’s biggest offensive threats, James van Riemsdyk, will not be in the lineup and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks as he is on the injured reserve with a fractured foot. The Panthers have won 6 of their past 8 games against the Leafs overall as well as 3 of their last 4 home meetings. The last time the two teams met at the BB&T Center, both Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya were injured in the same game. Montoya was forced to play injured as the Panthers did not have an eligible emergency goaltender, however Roberto Luongo eventually returned after a trip to the hospital and finished the game.

The Panthers signed Aleksander Barkov to a 6-year, $35.4 million contract extension on Monday which you can read more about by clicking here.

Last Game Played

The Panthers faced the Lightning on Friday night for their 48th game of the season and won 5-2 in regulation. You can find our recap by clicking here and the NHL highlight video below:

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