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Versteeg will miss third straight for Panthers

Monday, 02.18.2013 / 11:37 AM

By Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Versteeg will miss third straight for Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Right wing Kris Versteeg will miss his third consecutive game Monday night when the Florida Panthers play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Versteeg, who hasn't played since sustaining an upper-body injury in last Tuesday's 6-5 overtime loss against Washington, did not take part in the team's morning skate and coach Kevin Dineen said he was definitely out.

Versteeg has one goal and two assists in seven games after finishing third on the team with 54 points last season.

The Panthers also continue to be without defenseman Ed Jovanovski (knee), Sean Bergenheim (lower body), Scottie Upshall (ankle) and Michael Caruso (wrist).

Upshall, who has missed the last seven games, skated on his own before his team took the ice, but Dineen said Upshall was "still a ways away."

Trying to snap a four-game losing streak, Dineen continues to juggle his forward lines. Veteran center Stephen Weiss will play with Shawn Matthias and Jack Skille on Monday, with Marcel Goc replacing Weiss between Tomas Fleischmann and Tomas Kopecky.

Here is the Panthers' projected lineup:

Tomas Fleischmann - Marcel Goc - Tomas Kopecky

Jonathan Huberdeau - Drew Shore - Peter Mueller

Shawn Matthias - Stephen Weiss - Jack Skille

Alex Kovalev - Jerred Smithson - George Parros

Dmitry Kulikov - Brian Campbell

Filip Kuba - Mike Weaver

Tyson Strachan - Erik Gudbranson

Jose Theodore

Scott Clemmensen

Injured: RW Kris Versteeg (upper body), D Ed Jovanovski (knee), LW Scottie Upshall (ankle), LW Sean Bergenheim (lower body), D Michael Caruso (wrist)

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