This time it will be forward Jonathan Rheault, who was recalled from San Antonio of the American Hockey League on Tuesday after news broke that center Stephen Weiss would undergo season-ending wrist surgery.
Rookie Jonathan Huberdeau, who leads the team with 10 goals, and defenseman Michael Caruso made their NHL debuts opening night. Center Drew Shore has stayed with the Panthers after being called up from San Antonio early in the season, and prospect Quinton Howden was sent back to San Antonio after making his NHL debut Jan. 26 against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Huberdeau and Shore have teamed with free-agent signee Peter Mueller to form the Panthers' most effective line. Huberdeau had two goals on two pretty assists from Mueller in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Rheault is one of eight players who will suit up for the Panthers on Tuesday who has seen action in the AHL this season.
Here are the Panthers' projected lines:
Injured: Jose Theodore (groin), Stephen Weiss (wrist), Kris Versteeg (upper body), Dmitry Kulikov (upper body), Mike Weaver (lower body), Ed Jovanovski (knee), Scottie Upshall (lower body), Sean Bergenheim (lower body)
Scratched: Alex Kovalev