The Florida Panthers
made it to Winnipeg after their snowy ordeal in Chicago, where they lost 3-1 to the Blackhawks.
The Panthers (21-15-10) did not hold a morning skate at MTS Centre before meeting the Jets tonight. Coach Kevin Dineen
’s club arrived in Winnipeg desperately trying to fend off the Jets and the Washington Capitals
for the Southeast Division’s coveted top spot.
After a strong start to their season, the Panthers have hit major turbulence during the past month and have picked up just three wins in their last 13 games. Florida’s skid has allowed the Capitals and the Jets to climb into the thick of the Southeast Division race after slow starts.
In their loss to the Blackhawks, the Panthers regained the services of forwards Sean Bergenheim
, Jack Skille
and Scottie Upshall
, who had all been sidelined with long-term injuries. However, Florida is without defenseman Ed Jovanovski
(hand) on their blue line, while goaltender Jacob Markstrom
and left wing Marco Sturm
are also out with injuries.
is expected to start for the Panthers.
Here are the projected lines and pairings for Florida:
- Stephen Weiss
- Kris Versteeg
- Marcel Goc
- Tomas Kopecky
- John Madden
- Matt Bradley
Krys Barch - Shawn Matthias
- Jack Skille
- Brian Campbell
- Erik Gudbranson
- Mike Weaver