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Preview: Panthers at Red Wings

Florida visits Detroit looking to avoid winless road trip

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

PANTHERS (3-4-1) at RED WINGS (6-3-0)

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

 

Panthers team scope

The Florida Panthers visit Joe Louis Arena after losing the first three games of a four-game road trip. Florida is 1-3-1 since starting the season with home wins against the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings. "To end a road trip, you've got to salvage points from here," defenseman Keith Yandle said after a 3-0 loss against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. "We've got to be ready against a good team." The Panthers defeated the Red Wings 4-1 on Oct. 15 at the BB&T Center, outshooting Detroit 37-22. Forward Jonathan Marchessault had a goal and two assists and Roberto Luongo made 21 saves.

 

Red Wings team scope

The Red Wings had their six-game winning streak ended by a 1-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Detroit didn't have a shot on goal in the first 10 minutes and committed eight turnovers in the second period. "They were hungrier than us all over the ice," coach Jeff Blashill said. "We should have known better than that." Blashill went with three lines for most of the third period, with Steve Ott and Drew Miller each getting one shift and Luke Glendening playing two. Forward Thomas Vanek is week to week with a middle-body injury.

 

Panthers projected lineup

Jaromir Jagr -- Aleksander Barkov -- Jonathan Marchessault

Reilly Smith -- Vincent Trocheck -- Colton Sceviour

Jared McCann -- Denis Malgin -- Shane Harper

Greg McKegg -- Derek MacKenzie -- Shawn Thornton

Keith Yandle -- Jason Demers

Aaron Ekblad -- Steven Kampfer

Alex Petrovic -- Mark Pysyk

James Reimer

Roberto Luongo

Scratched: Kyle Rau, Michael Matheson

Injured: Jonathan Huberdeau (Achilles), Nick Bjugstad (hand), Jussi Jokinen (lower body)

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Justin Abdelkader

Gustav Nyquist -- Frans Nielsen -- Dylan Larkin

Andreas Athanasiou -- Darren Helm -- Riley Sheahan

Drew Miller -- Luke Glendening -- Steve Ott

Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson -- Alexey Marchenko

Brendan Smith -- Xavier Ouellet

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Ryan Sproul

Injured: Niklas Kronwall (knee), Tomas Jurco (back), Thomas Vanek (middle body)

 

Status report

Florida coach Gerard Gallant split up his top defensive pairing of Ekblad and Yandle on Saturday. Ekblad played with Kampfer, while Yandle was with Demers. Kampfer was playing his first game of the season, replacing Matheson. … Ouellet replaces Sproul alongside Smith on the Red Wings' third defensive pairing.

 

Who's hot

Marchessault leads the Panthers with five goals and five assists in eight games. Barkov is second with five points. … Nyquist has five points in Detroit's past five games, including three goals. … Howard is 2-1-0 with a .980 save percentage in three starts.

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