Preview: Panthers @ Canadiens, 3/15/16

Game #70
Florida Panthers (38-22-9 / 85 PTS) @ Montreal Canadiens (32-31-6 / 70 PTS)
Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 – 7:30PM EST
Bell Centre – Montreal, QC

Between the Lines

The Panthers will travel to Montreal for the second game of a back-to-back after losing 3-2 in a heartbreaking fashion on Monday night against the Islanders. Florida had a 2-0 lead in the 3rd period as a result of goals by Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad, but they squandered 3 goals with less than 8 minutes to go to drop the final game of the season series to the Islanders. The Panthers had a chance to move back into first place in the Atlantic Division with all of their rivals not in action on Monday night, however they seemingly sat back after playing two strong periods to start the game.

Al Montoya is expected to start on Tuesday night after Luongo got the first game of the back-to-back and Teddy Purcell is also expected to draw back into the lineup after missing 4 games with a groin injury. Derek MacKenzie is said to have a small fracture in his right foot after blocking a shot near the end of the 2nd period on Saturday night against the Flyers and he’ll likely miss at least a week. Erik Gudbranson is questionable for Tuesday’s game after he was seen limping through the locker room in the background of Jussi Jokinen’s televised post-game interview. The Panthers are expected to recall Greg McKegg and Dylan Olsen from the Portland Pirates, although it’s unclear as to whether or not they’ll play against Montreal.

The Canadiens are coming off a 4-1 loss on Saturday against the Minnesota Wild in which Mark Barberio scored the lone Montreal goal. Mike Condon made 18 saves on 21 shots.

The two teams last played on December 29th when the Panthers got 2 goals from Aleksander Barkov and 1 from Jaromir Jagr to defeat the Canadiens 3-1.

Projected Line Combinations

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11 Huberdeau – 16 Barkov – 68 Jagr L1 67 Pacioretty – 27 Galchenyuk – 42 Andrighetto
36 Jokinen – 21 Trocheck – 18 Smith L2 41 Byron – 14 Plekanec – 17 Mitchell
26 Purcell – 27 Bjugstad – 24 Hudler L3 21 Matteau – 34 McCarron – 53 Lessio
28 Wilson – 48 Shaw – 22 Thornton L4 25 De La Rose – 24 Danault – 13 Brown
Kulikov – 5 Ekblad D1 4 Markov – 45 Barberio
51 Campbell – 44 Gudbranson D2 74 Emelin – 6 Pateryn
46 Kindl – 6 Petrovic D3 20 Bartley – 28 Beaulieu
35 Montoya – 1 Luongo G 39 Condon – 40 Scrivens
McKegg, Olsen, Howden, MacKenzie, Kampfer X Subban, Eller
Mitchell, Bolland INJ  Carr, Price, Gilbert, Desharnais, Gallagher, Petry, Flynn

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 23 30 53
2. Jussi Jokinen 13 37 50
3. Jonathan Huberdeau 13 34 47
4. Vincent Trocheck 20 26 46
5. Aleksander Barkov 22 23 45

Montreal Canadiens

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Max Pacioretty 24 27 51
2. P.K. Subban 6 45 51
3. Alex Galchenyuk 25 21 46
4. Tomas Plekanec 12 34 46
5. Andrei Markov 4 35 39

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Al Montoya 9-5-3 .922 2.10

Montreal Canadiens

Name Record Save % GAA
Mike Condon 17-20-6 .905 2.58
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