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Gudbranson back, Huberdeau a question for Panthers

Tuesday, 12.17.2013 / 2:23 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Gudbranson back, Huberdeau a question for Panthers

Defenseman Erik Gudbranson will return to the lineup for the Florida Panthers after missing a game because of a cut from a skate blade, while forward Jonathan Huberdeau remains questionable for the team's game Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

George Richards of the Miami Herald reported Gudbranson is in the lineup. Huberdeau, who blocked a shot off his foot two games ago and also missed Florida's win Sunday in Montreal, remains a game-time decision.

Richards also reported that although Tim Thomas joined the morning skate partway through, Scott Clemmensen will make his third straight start in net. Clemmensen has stopped 40 of 43 shots to win his past two starts after starting the season with losses in his first five appearances.

Huberdeau, the No. 3 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft and 2013 Calder Trophy winner, is third on the team with 15 points in 33 games. Gudbranson, the No. 3 pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, leads the team with 70 penalty minutes and is fourth among defensemen in average ice time at 18:52.

Per Richards, forward Jesse Winchester has been sent home from the road trip to get his hand examined after blocking a shot Sunday against the Montreal Canadiens.

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