SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers will get 2011 playoff sensation Sean Bergenheim back in the lineup when they face the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night at the BankAtlantic Center.
Bergenheim, who signed as a free agent with Florida after scoring 9 goals in 16 playoff games for Tampa Bay last spring, missed the last seven games because of a lower-body injury.
Bergenheim has 1 goal in four games, but was part of Florida's penalty-killing unit.
"He can eat up a lot of minutes and he's a big body," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. "He's very responsible and he's one of those players that coaches certainly trust. Where he left off at the end of last season being a dominant player in the playoffs for Tampa Bay, he's picked that up here and he has been missed in our lineup. So we're looking forward to getting him back."
Dineen was non-commital at the morning skate about who would start in goal, but opted to use rookie Jacob Markstron. Veteran Jose Theodore played the last two games -- a 3-2 victory at Buffalo and a 4-3 shootout loss at home to Winnipeg -- after Markstrom had made two starts.
Corey Crawford will be in net for Chicago, which will be missing defenseman Duncan Keith, who is nursing a hand injury. Veteran Sean O'Donnell is expected to take Keith's place in the lineup.
Coach Joel Quenneville said it was too early to determine whether Keith would be back in action Friday night when the Hawks play at Tampa Bay.
Forward Daniel Carcillo will be back in the lineup against Florida after serving a two-game suspension for a hit on Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen.