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Posted On Saturday, 11.01.2014 / 7:10 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Panthers' Huberdeau out vs. Flyers with illness

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers, already without three forwards injured in their 2-1 victory against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, also were without 2013 Calder Trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau when they face the Philadelphia Flyers at BB&T Center on Saturday.

Huberdeau was a late scratch because of illness.

Shorthanded up front because of the recent injuries sustained by Brandon Pirri, Sean Bergenheim and Aleksander Barkov, the Panthers will use defenseman Colby Robak at forward.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.01.2014 / 1:34 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flyers at Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers prospects Rocco Grimaldi and Vincent Trocheck go way back, so perhaps it was fitting they were called up from the American Hockey League at the same time.

Grimaldi and Trocheck were recalled from the San Antonio Rampage on Friday after the Panthers lost forwards Aleksander Barkov, Sean Bergenheim and Brandon Pirri to injury during their 2-1 victory against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. Trocheck and Grimaldi will be in the lineup Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Trocheck will make his season debut after playing 20 games for the Panthers last season; it will be Grimaldi's NHL debut.

"I guess we're the McDonald’s package," Grimaldi said. "We go everywhere together. Went to school and now we're playing together, so that's pretty sweet."

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Posted On Thursday, 10.30.2014 / 1:40 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Coyotes at Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers will be playing at home Thursday for the first time in 17 days. Their recent four-game, nine-day road trip largely was a success, although it ended with an overtime loss Saturday.

As fate would have it, the Panthers' first game at BB&T Center since Oct. 13 will be against the team that defeated them four nights ago, the Arizona Coyotes.

"That game on Saturday is still not sitting well with us," defenseman Erik Gudbranson said of the Panthers' 2-1 loss in Glendale, Ariz. "Obviously the best possible situation is to face them again and get back at them and give them a good game. For us it's really good. We're excited to play them. We're anxious to play them and we should have a good one."

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Posted On Monday, 10.13.2014 / 12:15 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Senators at Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. -- After absorbing the most lopsided home-opening loss in BB&T Center history, the Florida Panthers will be looking to give their fans a better performance Monday against the Ottawa Senators.

"It was tough home opener for us," Panthers center Nick Bjugstad said. "Obviously we want to show the fans a little something better than that. It was disappointing for us and the fans. We've got to come out to play, that's the bottom line. We've got to be ready to play in the first period. We weren't ready to play, so that's got to change."

The Panthers (0-1-1) fell behind 4-0 in the first period against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday and ended up losing 5-1. That matched a 4-0 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 3, 2009 as the franchise's most lopsided loss in a home opener, but the latter took place in Helsinki, Finland.

The Panthers had won their next four home openers before Saturday.

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Posted On Saturday, 10.11.2014 / 1:36 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Devils at Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Hours before facing his former team for the 11th time, New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer said there was something familiar about the new-look Florida Panthers.

DeBoer wasn't referring to his three seasons as Panthers coach, but rather about the Panthers team his Devils faced in the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

"You just look at their lineup, they're much deeper," said DeBoer, who is beginning his fourth season with New Jersey. "It reminds me of three years ago when we played them in the playoffs. They went out in the summer and they spent some money and they added NHL depth across the board. Their young guys are starting to come into their own. I'm familiar with their young guys. It takes a while, but I think they've got a nice blend of veterans and young talent."

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Posted On Saturday, 04.12.2014 / 1:17 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blue Jackets can clinch top wild card against Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. — The Columbus Blue Jackets will know by the time they step on the ice to face the Florida Panthers for their regular-season finale Saturday night whether they still have a chance to finish third in the Metropolitan Division.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 6:26 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Panthers' Luongo to return against Maple Leafs

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Goaltender Roberto Luongo will be back in the lineup for the Florida Panthers when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, but he'll have a different backup and will be facing a goalie making his first NHL start.

Luongo, sporting a new mask, was the only Panthers goalie at the morning skate after Dan Ellis was sidelined with an upper-body injury sustained in practice Wednesday. Ellis was an emergency starter Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers when Luongo was scratched after leading the Panthers onto the ice for warm-ups.

With Ellis out, the Panthers recalled veteran Scott Clemmensen on an emergency basis, but he didn't skate Thursday morning because his equipment failed to arrive with him on his flight from San Antonio.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.08.2014 / 7:37 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Panthers goalie Luongo scratched from start

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo was scratched from his start against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night because of an upper-body injury.

Luongo led the Panthers onto the ice for warm-ups, but was ruled out shortly before game time. He is in uniform and on the bench.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.08.2014 / 1:30 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Poised to clinch, Flyers get Downie back

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Philadelphia Flyers will have forward Steve Downie back in the lineup Tuesday when they try to clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

After going 1-7-0 to start the season, the Flyers will clinch a playoff spot with a victory against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center.

"It's really special for us," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said after the morning skate. "The start of the year was really tough on us, and for us to kind of battle back and be able to be in the position we are right now, we've got to be proud of that."

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Posted On Friday, 04.04.2014 / 1:36 PM

By Alain Poupart -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Panthers add Luongo to lineup; Boyes sidelined

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Goaltender Roberto Luongo will be celebrating his 35th birthday Friday by returning to action for the Florida Panthers.

Luongo was the first Panthers goalie off the ice at their morning skate in preparation for their game against the Calgary Flames at BB&T Center. Luongo has missed the past three games after being injured in a 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on March 27.

Luongo said after practice Thursday he sustained a mild concussion as a result of his collision with Carolina forward Radek Dvorak. Luongo has a record of 4-5-1 with a 2.54 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage since coming back to the Panthers in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks on March 4.

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