Here are the projected lines for Thursday night's game between the Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place:
Milan Michalek – Jason Spezza – Colin Greening
Nick Foligno – Stephane Da Costa – Daniel Alfredsson
Kaspars Daugavins – Zack Smith – Chris Neil
Erik Condra – Zenon Konopka – Jesse Winchester
Jared Cowen – Sergei Gonchar
Chris Phillips – David Rundblad
Filip Kuba – Erik Karlsson
Craig Anderson gets the start, with Alex Auld serving as backup.
Peter Regin will be out 6-8 weeks with an injury to his left shoulder. He was hurt during the Oct. 20 game against Winnipeg after receiving a hit from Nik Antropov, and chosen rehab over surgery (Regin had the same shoulder repaired last season).
Bobby Butler has been cleared to play, but will be listed as a healthy scratch, along with Brian Lee.
Shawn Matthias – Tim Kennedy – Matt Bradley
Scottie Upshall – Marcel Goc – Tomas Kopecky
Tomas Fleischmann – Stephen Weiss – Kris Versteeg
Jack Skille – Mike Santorelli –Marco Sturm
Brian Campbell – Jason Garrison
Dmitry Kulikov – Mike Weaver
Ed Jovanovski – Erik Gudbranson
Jacob Markstrom will get the start, with Jose Theodore backing him up.
Near the end of Thursday's practice, and in front of his teammates, Florida coach Kevin Dineen informed Gudbranson, the No. 3 pick in the 2010 Entry Draft, that he would be remaining with the big club. Gudbranson is set to play his ninth NHL game tonight, and once he plays his 10th the first year of his entry-level contract will kick in.
The announcement was met with cheers and hugs from the rest of the Panthers. According to George Richards of the Miami Herald, Erik's father, Wayne, was spotted choking up in the stands at the happy news.