PANTHERS (11-10-1) at BLACKHAWKS (14-6-3)
8:30 p.m. ET; CSN-CH, FS-F, NHL.TV
Panthers team scope
The Florida Panthers went through their first morning skate under the guidance of coach Tom Rowe, who took over after Gerard Gallant was fired Sunday. After not practicing Monday, the Panthers held a team meeting to discuss strategic adjustments that will be implemented by Rowe, but only slight changes were made to the forward lines. "We talked about working on some details in our [defensive-zone] coverage, first and foremost, and then we want to push the pace," Rowe said. "We don't want to overload them with too much information. We just want them to go out there and play." Rowe, who will be coaching his first NHL game, said he didn't want to make drastic changes considering how popular Gallant was with his players. "Gerard Gallant, first, is just a great human being," Rowe said. "He's a really good guy. The other day was brutal on everybody. It's a tough, tough decision, and you do have to be sensitive to the players, because the players really liked him and they respected him." Goalie Roberto Luongo will start.
Blackhawks team scope
Jonathan Toews, who has an upper-body injury, will miss his third straight game for the Chicago Blackhawks. Toews didn't participate in the morning skate and is day to day. "I think you've got an idea that you'd like to get back on the ice, and when you get that, as soon as you see him on the ice, you've got an idea that he's close to playing," coach Joel Quenneville said. "[Toews] wants to be out there on the ice in the worst way, so we'll do everything we can to get him back." Since leaving at 8:43 of the second period in a 2-1 loss at the Sharks last Wednesday, the Blackhawks have won 50 of 155 faceoffs (32.3 percent). In two-plus games, they've dropped from 14th in the NHL in faceoff win percentage (49.7 percent) to 29th (47.9 percent). "[Toews] is one of the best faceoff guys in the League," rookie center Nick Schmaltz said. "You've got to win draws, because you want to start with the puck and then you want to hold onto it." Goalie Corey Crawford will start.
Panthers projected lineup
Jonathan Marchessault -- Aleksander Barkov -- Jaromir Jagr
Jussi Jokinen -- Vincent Trocheck -- Reilly Smith
Seth Griffin -- Denis Malgin -- Nick Bjugstad
Kyle Rau-- Derek MacKenzie -- Colton Sceviour
Keith Yandle -- Jason Demers
Jakub Kindl -- Aaron Ekblad
Michael Matheson -- Mark Pysyk
Scratched: Shawn Thornton, Dylan McIlrath
Injured: Jonathan Huberdeau (lower leg), Alex Petrovic (ankle)
Blackhawks projected lineup
Artemi Panarin -- Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane
Ryan Hartman -- Vinnie Hinostroza - Marian Hossa
Dennis Rasmussen -- Marcus Kruger - Jordin Tootoo
Tyler Motte -- Nick Schmaltz -- Richard Panik
Duncan Keith -- Niklas Hjalmarsson
Michal Kempny -- Brent Seabrook
Gustav Forsling -- Brian Campbell
Scratched: Michal Rozsival, Andrew Desjardins
Injured: Jonathan Toews (upper body), Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body)
Crawford appeared to injure himself during the morning skate but was looked at by the training staff and resumed taking shots. Quenneville said Crawford is fine. … Darling is healthy enough to back up Crawford after missing practice Monday with an illness. … Tootoo will draw into the lineup after missing the game Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings with a lower-body injury. … Van Riemsdyk returned to practice Monday, but has not been taken off injured reserve. … McIlrath will be scratched for the sixth straight game for the Panthers, who will also scratch Thornton for the second straight game.
Kane has goals in each of the past two games. ...Panarin has a three-game point streak (goal and two assists). ... Barkov has six assists in the past five games.