DUCKS (10-10-2) at PANTHERS (11-5-5)
7 p.m. ET; FS-F, PRIME, NHL.TV
The Florida Panthers will go for their fifth victory in six games when they face the Anaheim Ducks at BB&T Center on Thursday.
The Panthers, who are 4-1-0 in their past five games and 6-2-1 in their past nine, are coming off a 5-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.
Florida's top line of Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau and Evgenii Dadonov has combined for 39 points (16 goals, 23 assists) in the past nine games.
The Ducks are 1-4-2 in their past seven games. They're coming off a 5-2 loss at the Washington Capitals on Monday.
Players to watch
Ducks forward Rickard Rakell has four points (one goal, three assists) in a three-game point streak.
Panthers center Aleksander Barkov has multiple points in six of his past nine games.
They said it
"We need him. We're a team in transition. We're trying to do a number of things on the fly, and between him and [Ryan Miller], we need them both every night." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins on goalie John Gibson
"It's been a good situation. They like playing with one another. Everybody does a little bit something different. But they all have good patience with the puck, they all have play recognition." -- Panthers coach Joel Quenneville on the top line
Ducks projected lineup
Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Max Jones
Devin Shore -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie -- Sam Steel -- Troy Terry
Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney
Michael Del Zotto -- Cam Fowler
Jacob Larsson -- Erik Gudbranson
Brendan Guhle -- Korbinian Holzer
Scratched: Ondrej Kase, Josh Mahura
Injured: Josh Manson (lower body), Hampus Lindholm (lower body)
Panthers projected lineup
Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov
Brian Boyle - Vincent Trocheck -- Brett Connolly
Frank Vatrano -- Denis Malgin - Mike Hoffman
Dominic Toninato -- Noel Acciari -- Colton Sceviour
Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad
Mike Matheson -- Anton Stralman
Mark Pysyk -- Josh Brown
Injured: Jayce Hawryluk (upper body), MacKenzie Weegar (upper body)
The Ducks did not have a morning skate. … Lindholm is day to day. … Weegar, who will miss his fifth consecutive game, skated the past two mornings but isn't expected back until next week.
Anaheim is 6-0-0 when leading after one period and 0-7-1 when outshooting its opponent. … The Ducks have yet to play in a game that's ended in a shootout this season. …. Gibson's NHL save percentage of .921 is tied for fourth with Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins among goalies with at least 200 games played, behind Johnny Bower, Ken Dryden and Dominik Hasek, who all are at .922. … Florida's 30 third-period goals are second in the NHL.