Preview: Panthers @ Sabres, 2/9/16

Game #54
Florida Panthers (31-16-6 / 68 PTS) @ Buffalo Sabres (21-26-6 / 48 PTS)  
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 – 7:00PM EST
First Niagara Center – Buffalo, NY

Between the Lines

The Panthers will face the Buffalo Sabres less than 24 hours after dropping their 2nd game in a row to the Red Wings in Detroit on Monday night. The game was scoreless through the first 2 periods until Tomas Tatar scored to give the Red Wings the lead. Pavel Datsyuk opened things up with 2 straight goals and that would be all she wrote for the Panthers. To add insult to injury, the Panthers lost Aleksander Barkov in the 2nd period as a result of a check to the head by Justin Abdelkader, and it’s being reported that he is being treated for a possible concussion, so he’ll miss Tuesday’s game.

The Sabres haven’t played since Saturday when they lost to the Bruins by a score of 2-1 in overtime. Sam Reinhart scored the lone goal for the Sabres while Robin Lehner made 36 saves on 38 shots.

Roberto Luongo is expected to start for the Panthers, while Willie Mitchell and Erik Gudbranson are not on the road trip with the team due to injuries. Cats On The Prowl learned on Tuesday that Aleksander Barkov has returned to Florida to undergo concussion protocol and could return on Friday vs. St. Louis is he passes. We’ve also learned that the Panthers have recalled Garrett Wilson on an emergency basis and he could be in the lineup on Tuesday night against Buffalo.

Projected Line Combinations

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11 Huberdeau – 27 Bjugstad – 68 Jagr L1 88 McGinn – 90 O’Reilly – 23 Reinhart
36 Jokinen – 21 Trocheck – 18 Smith L2 28 Girgensons – 15 Eichel – 26 Moulson
73 Pirri– 53 Knight – 28 Wilson L3 9 Kane – 22 Larsson – 12 Gionta
42 Howden – 17 MacKenzie – 48 Shaw L4 43 Catenacci – 17 Legwand – 44 Deslauriers
Kulikov – 5 Ekblad D1 4 Gorges – 55 Ristolainen
51 Campbell – Petrovic D2 47 Bogosian – 3 Pysyk
Kampfer – 37 Regner D3 6 Weber – 46 Franson
35 Montoya – 1 Luongo G 40 Lehner – 31 Johnson
Barkov, Thornton, Bolland X Colaiacovo, McCabe, Foligno
Mitchell, Gudbranson INJ Ennis, McCormick

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 16 21 37
2. Jonathan Huberdeau 10 27 37
3. Aleksander Barkov 16 19 35
4. Jussi Jokinen 10 25 35
5. Vincent Trocheck 17 16 33

Buffalo Sabres

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Ryan O’Reilly 17 26 45
2. Jack Eichel 16 19 35
3. Rasmus Ristolainen 8 24 32
4. Jamie McGinn 11 12 23
5. Sam Reinhart 14 8 22

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Roberto Luongo 23-13-5 .930 2.13

Buffalo Sabres

Name Record Save % GAA
Robin Lehner 2-3-1 .939 2.17
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