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Florida seeks to extend point streak to eight; Edmonton aims to remain undefeated at home

by Derek Van Diest / Independent Correspondent

PANTHERS (4-2-4) at OILERS (8-2-1)

4 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-F, NHL.TV


The Game

The Edmonton Oilers will look to stay perfect at home when they host the Florida Panthers at Rogers Place on Sunday.

Goalie Mikko Koskinen will start for Edmonton, which is 5-0-0 at home following a 4-3 overtime win against the Washington Capitals on Thursday when they trailed by two goals in the third period.

Koskinen is 5-0-0 with a 2.35 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.

Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky will start for Florida, which is on a seven-game point streak (3-0-4).

The Panthers are playing the second of a four-game road trip. They lost 6-5 to the Calgary Flames in a shootout Thursday.


Players to watch

Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the past nine games, including at least a point in eight of them.

Oilers center Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists against the Capitals to end a three-game point drought. He has 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in 11 games this season.


They said it

"What we've learned over these past few games is that no lead is safe. When we have the lead we have to keep it and when we're down by a few goals we have to crawl back and I think we've been doing a good job of that." -- Panthers forward Frank Vatrano

"Good teams have confidence in themselves. Good teams have the confidence that they can come back, but it's more with how you're playing. If you feel you're playing a decent game, you're not just holding on, then you feel like you can come back." -- Oilers coach Dave Tippett on the come-from-behind win against the Capitals


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: Jayce Hawryluk

Injured: Vincent Trocheck (undisclosed), Mike Matheson (undisclosed)


Oilers projected lineup

Leon Draisaitl -- Connor McDavid -- Zack Kassian

Alex Chiasson -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- James Neal

Jujhar Khaira -- Riley Sheahan -- Patrick Russell

Tomas Jurco -- Markus Granlund -- Sam Gagner

Oscar Klefbom -- Kris Russell

Darnell Nurse -- Ethan Bear

Brandon Manning -- Matt Benning

Mikko Koskinen

Mike Smith

Scratched: William Lagesson, Gaetan Haas

Injured: Adam Larsson (leg), Joakim Nygard (rib), Joel Persson (concussion), Josh Archibald (foot)


Status report

Pysyk, a defenseman who scored his first goal of the season against Calgary playing as a forward on the third line, will remain there in the lineup. … Archibald was put on injured reserve with a right-foot fracture and is expected to be out 2-4 weeks. ... Edmonton recalled Haas from Bakersfield of the American Hockey League on Saturday. ... The Panthers acquired forward Jack Rodewald from the Ottawa Senators for forward prospect Christopher Wilkie on Saturday.


Stat pack

Barkov, who had four assists against Calgary, has nine assists in his past five games. … Malgin has five points (two goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak. … Draisaitl had two goals and an assist in the win against Washington.

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