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Florida's Luongo tries for sole possession of fourth place on NHL wins list; Carolina again without Pesce

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

PANTHERS (4-7-2) at HURRICANES (4-5-3)

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


The Game

Goaltender Roberto Luongo will try to take sole possession of fourth place on the NHL's all-time wins list when the Florida Panthers face the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Tuesday. A victory in his 500th appearance with Florida would give Luongo 455 wins, breaking a tie with Curtis Joseph. Luongo will make his second straight start after missing six games with a hand injury.

The Hurricanes will be without Brett Pesce for the third straight game. Carolina coach Bill Peters said the third-year defenseman has not been cleared to play after sustaining a concussion in practice last Tuesday. The Hurricanes juggled all four lines after a 2-1 shootout loss at the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

The Panthers and Hurricanes are each 0-2-2 in their past four games.


Players to watch

Panthers center Aleksander Barkov has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past eight games.

Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past eight games.


They said it

"You've got to have a patient game. They're real disciplined in their systems, they don't give you a lot in the neutral zone. If we get a couple power plays, we've got to be urgent early. We can't wait around. We're going to have to play a smart, simple road game. They really press up in the neutral zone. We're going to have to be prepared to put pucks behind them." -- Panthers coach Bob Boughner on facing the Hurricanes

"I'd like to see [a shot] from the point, a half-slapper with net-front traffic, where the goalie can't see it. That would be a good shot. How about a slide-wrister from the blue line with traffic? Let's get some quality, let's get some quantity, let's get some seconds and thirds. It's been a problem for us. They need to start going in." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters on generating quality shots


Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Connor Brickley -- Vincent Trocheck -- Radim Vrbata

Jamie McGinn -- Jared McCann -- Nick Bjugstad

Micheal Haley -- Derek MacKenzie -- Colton Sceviour

Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad

Ian McCoshen -- Mark Pysyk

Mike Matheson -- Alex Petrovic

Roberto Luongo

James Reimer

Scratched: MacKenzie Weegar, Antti Niemi

Injured: None


Hurricanes projected lineup

Sebastian Aho -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Jeff Skinner -- Derek Ryan -- Elias Lindholm

Brock McGinn -- Victor Rask -- Justin Williams

Joakim Nordstrom -- Marcus Kruger -- Josh Jooris

Jaccob Slavin -- Justin Faulk

Haydn Fleury -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Noah Hanifin -- Roland McKeown

Scott Darling

Cam Ward

Scratched: Patrick Brown, Klas Dahlbeck

Injured: Brett Pesce (concussion), Lee Stempniak (back)


Status report

The Panthers returned Owen Tippett, their first-round pick (No. 10) in the 2017 NHL Draft, to Mississauga of the Ontario Hockey League on Monday. ... Stempniak, who has not played this season, participated in the morning skate. Peters said Stempniak is "getting closer."


Stat pack

Huberdeau has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in the past eight games. Trocheck has eight points (three goals, five assists) in the past five games, and Dadonov has seven points (four goals, three assists) in the past five. ... Teravainen has five points (one goal, four assists) in the past five games. The Hurricanes have one power-play goal in the past seven games.

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