Red Wings @ Panthers, 10/15/16

Game 2
Detroit Red Wings  @ Florida Panthers
Score: 4-1 win
Saturday, October 15th, 2016 – 7:00PM EST
BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL
Starting Goalies:
FLA: Luongo (1-0-0, 0.958, 0.97)
DET: Mrázek (0-1-0, 0.857, 5.00)

 Preview  Recap

Between The Lines

The Red Wings come to town to face the Panthers after blowing a 3-1 lead by giving up 4 straight goals to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. Thomas Vanek scored twice in his Red Wings debut, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the high-powered Lightning offense. The Panthers, meanwhile, won an OT thriller against the Devils in Thursday’s home opener at the BB&T Center thanks to a incredible shift by rookie defenseman Mike Matheson who threw down Damon Severson behind his own net, stole the puck, and fed it out in front to Aleksander Barkov who had a wide open net.

Jonathan Marchessault opened the scoring for the Panthers in his debut with the team after signing a 1-year deal in the offseason as a free-agent while the overhauled defensive core played in its first regular season game. Marchessault slotted in on the top line in place of Jonathan Huberdeau who will miss the next 3-4 months rehabbing a surgically-repaired Achilles’ tendon which was cut by the skate of Sergey Kalinin last Saturday at West Point. Denis Malgin made his NHL debut and was impressive in the absence of Nick Bjugstad who’s out for the next few weeks with a broken right hand.

Shane Harper also made his NHL debut on the 4th line after spending the past 7 years in the ECHL and AHL, and goaltender Roberto Luongo made 23 saves on 24 shots in his first regular season game after undergoing hip surgery in May.

Projected Lineup

LW C RW
81 Marchessault 16 Barkov 68 Jagr
36 Jokinen 21 Trocheck 18 Smith
90 McCann 62 Malgin Sceviour
41 McKegg 17 MacKenzie 38 Harper
 LD  RD
3 Yandle 5 Ekblad
19 Matheson 55 Demers
13 Pysyk 6 Petrovic
 G Backup
1 Luongo 34 Reimer
 Scratched
Kampfer, Thornton
 Injured
Bjugstad (broken hand), Huberdeau (left ankle)
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