Preview: Panthers @ Senators, 4/7/16

Game #81
 Florida Panthers (46-25-9 / 101 PTS) @ Ottawa Senators (36-37-6 / 78 PTS)
Thursday, April 7th, 2016 – 7:30PM EST
Canadian Tire Center – Ottawa, ON, CA

Between the Lines

The Panthers will face the Ottawa Senators in the penultimate game of the regular season on Thursday night after defeating the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Tuesday and clinching first place in the Atlantic Division. The Panthers also set a franchise record for points in a season with 101. Aleksander Barkov scored his 28th goal of the season just 10 seconds into the game while Nick Bjugstad (15), Greg McKegg (2), and Jiri Hudler (16) also added goals. Erik Gudbranson missed the game after being sent back to Florida with what could potentially be a concussion as a result of a high hit from Colin Greening on Monday.

The Senators are coming off a 5-3 loss to the Penguins on Tuesday despite goals from Erik Karlsson, Mike Hoffman, and Zack Smith. Ottawa was leading 3-0 early in the 2nd period before Andrew Hammond allowed 5 straight goals by the Penguins.

The two teams last met on March 10th when the Panthers defeated the Senators 6-2 thanks to a 4-point performance by Vincent Trocheck, 2 goals from Jaromir Jagr, and 26 saves by Roberto Luongo.

Projected Line Combinations

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11 Huberdeau – 16 Barkov – 68 Jagr L1 15 Smith  – 44 Pageau – 6 Ryan
36 Jokinen – 27 Bjugstad – 18 Smith L2 68 Hoffman – 93 Zibanejad – 43 Dzingel
26 Purcell – 23 Grimaldi – 24 Hudler L3 26 Puempel – 27 Lazar– 90 Chiasson
41 McKegg – 17 MacKenzie – 22 Thornton L4 55 Robinson – 13 Paul – 25 Neil
51 Campbell – 5 Ekblad D1 49 Claesson – 65 Karlsson
Kulikov – 6 Petrovic D2 21 Kostka – 45 Wideman
46 Kindl – Kampfer D3 67 Harpur – 5 Ceci
35 Montoya – 1 Luongo G 41 Anderson – 30 Hammond
Trocheck, Wilson, Howden, Gudbranson X Phaneuf, Borowiecki, Wiercioch,Turris
Mitchell, Bolland INJ Phillips, MacArthur

Top 5 Scorers

Florida Panthers

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Jaromir Jagr 26 38 64
2. Jonathan Huberdeau 19 39 58
3.Jussi Jokinen 17 41 58
4. Aleksander Barkov 28 29 57
5. Vincent Trocheck 25 28 53

Ottawa Senators

Player Goals Assists Points
1. Erik Karlsson 16 64 80
2. Mark Stone 23 38 52
3. Mike Hoffman 29 29 51
4. Bobby Ryan 22 34 50
5. Mika Zibanejad 19 30 49

Expected Starting Goaltenders

Florida Panthers

Name Record Save % GAA
Al Montoya 12-6-3 .921 2.13

Ottawa Senators

Name Record Save % GAA
Craig Anderson 30-23-5 .915 2.81
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