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Red Wings at Panthers preview

Florida looks to keep rolling; Detroit 1-8-1 in past 10 games

by Alain Poupart / Independent Correspondent

RED WINGS (4-9-1) at PANTHERS (6-3-4)

7 p.m. ET; FS-F, FS-D+, NHL.TV


The Game

The Florida Panthers look for their fifth victory in seven games when they play the Detroit Red Wings at BB&T Center on Saturday.

The Panthers are 4-1-1 in their past six games and were 2-1-1 on their just-completed Western road trip that ended with a 4-3 overtime victory at the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday.

The Red Wings are 1-8-1 in their past 10 games, including a 7-3 loss at the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. Goalie Jimmy Howard was pulled in the second period after allowing five goals on 21 shots.


Players to watch

Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha's two goals against Carolina on Friday made him the first player to score nine goals in Detroit's first 14 games since Henrik Zetterberg in 2008-09.

Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau has seven goals in his past eight games.


They said it

"[Anthony Mantha is] really strong on his stick, strong down low. He really can do it everywhere. It kind of reminds me of a lot of … (former Red Wings forward) Johan Franzen, how he was big and strong, could skate and shoot. [Mantha] can play any type of game needed. Hopefully he can continue to have a shoot-first mentality, because his shot is so good." -- Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader

"When he's played there, he gives us a lot of predictability. He's aware. I think positionally he does the right things, keeps himself in play, got some quickness in his game. There's more of a defensive responsibility on that line." -- Panthers coach Joel Quenneville on using defenseman Mark Pysyk at right wing


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Darren Helm

Andreas Athanasiou -- Valtteri Filppula -- Anthony Mantha

Brendan Perlini -- Frans Nielsen -- Taro Hirose

Justin Abdelkader -- Jacob de la Rose -- Adam Erne

Patrik Nemeth -- Filip Hronek

Mike Green -- Joe Hicketts

Trevor Daley -- Madison Bowey

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Christoffer Ehn, Alex Biega, Dennis Cholowski

Injured: Luke Glendening (upper body), Danny DeKeyser (lower body)


Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Mike Hoffman -- Brian Boyle -- Brett Connolly

Frank Vatrano -- Denis Malgin -- Mark Pysyk

Dryden Hunt -- Noel Acciari -- Colton Sceviour

MacKenzie Weegar -- Aaron Ekblad

Riley Stillman -- Anton Stralman

Keith Yandle -- Josh Brown 

Sergei Bobrovsky

Sam Montembeault

Scratched: None

Injured: Mike Matheson (lower body), Vincent Trocheck (lower body), Jayce Hawryluk (upper body)


Status report

Detroit did not have a morning skate. … Abdelkader played 12:00 against Carolina on Friday after being activated from injured reserve earlier in the day. … Hawryluk is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after being injured against Colorado. … Matheson and Trocheck could return in the Panthers' next game, Thursday against the Washington Capitals.


Stat pack

Perlini played 13:46 and had three shots against Carolina in his first game since being acquired in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. … Filppula needs one point to reach 500 in the NHL. … Detroit has been outscored 24-8 while losing its past five road games after starting 2-0 on the road. … Barkov has 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in his past eight games. … The Panthers are 5-0-2 this season when scoring first.

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