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Bobrovsky returns for Florida, which seeks fourth straight win; Pickard in goal for Detroit

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

PANTHERS (25-16-5) at RED WINGS (12-32-4)

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


The Game

The Florida Panthers will have starting goalie Sergei Bobrovsky back in the lineup as they try to extend their winning streak to four games when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday.

Florida defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 on Thursday with third-string goalie Sam Montembeault playing the final 49:55 after Chris Driedger left the game with a lower-body injury. Bobrovsky was missing his second straight game with an upper-body injury.

The Red Wings lost 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sidney Crosby's overtime goal Friday. Detroit is winless in three (0-2-1) and is 5-20-3 in its past 28 games.

With Jonathan Bernier (lower body) expected to be out until at least the All-Star Game,Calvin Pickard is expected to start for Detroit. The Red Wings' other goalies -- Pickard, Jimmy Howard and Eric Comrie -- are 0-15-2 since Howard defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Oct. 29.


Players to watch

Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau has 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) in his past 14 games.

Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past eight games and needs one goal for 100 in the NHL.


They said it

"The best recipe is to make them play in their zone, put them back on their heels and play our game for the full 60 minutes." -- Florida defenseman Mike Matheson

"I think the reality of the NHL is you have to have good goaltending to have a chance to keep you in games and have a chance to win, especially when you aren't a high-scoring team." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on his team's goaltending issues


Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Brett Connolly -- Vincent Trocheck -- Noel Acciari

Frank Vatrano -- Dominic Toninato -- Mike Hoffman

Colton Sceviour -- Brian Boyle -- Mark Pysyk

Mike Matheson -- Aaron Ekblad

Keith Yandle -- Josh Brown

Riley Stillman -- Anton Stralman

Sergei Bobrovsky

Sam Montembeault

Scratched: Denis Malgin, Jayce Hawryluk

Injured: MacKenzie Weegar (upper body), Chris Driedger (lower body)


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Luke Glendening

Filip Zadina -- Valtteri Filppula -- Robby Fabbri

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Adam Erne

Justin Abdelkader -- Christoffer Ehn -- Givani Smith

Patrik Nemeth -- Mike Green

Trevor Daley -- Filip Hronek

Madison Bowey -- Alex Biega

Calvin Pickard

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Brendan Perlini

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (back), Anthony Mantha (upper body), Jonathan Ericsson (face), Andreas Athanasiou (lower body), Jonathan Bernier (lower body)


Status report

The Panthers used the same lineup at the morning skate that they used against the Kings, with the exception of Bobrovsky replacing Driedger, who they said will miss several weeks with his injury. … The Red Wings did not skate after playing Friday.


Stat pack

Hoffman has five goals and four assists in a seven-game point streak. … The Red Wings have been outscored 15-4 in their three-game winless streak.

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