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Florida going for second straight win after five-game slide; New Jersey trying to end four-game losing streak

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

PANTHERS (5-8-2) at DEVILS (9-4-2)

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

 

The Game

The New Jersey Devils will try to end a four-game losing streak when they play the Florida Panthers at Prudential Center on Saturday.

Devils goalie Cory Schneider will make his third straight start and sixth in seven games. The Devils are 0-2-2 and have been outscored 16-10 during their losing streak.

The Panthers ended a five-game losing streak after a 4-1 win at the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. Forward Vincent Trocheck has scored a goal in four straight games and has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the past seven.

 

Players to watch

Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau has 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in his past 10 games.

Devils left wing Taylor Hall has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past seven games, and 398 points (157 goals, 241 assists) in 468 NHL games.

 

They said it

"It's been a roller coaster. [The win at Buffalo] will help us mentally moving forward. Even though we're going through a struggle, we're still trying to draw on the positives. You can't control what's happened, you can learn from it. We have to clean up our breakouts, not spend so much time in our own end. We're getting there." -- Panthers coach Bob Boughner

"The reality of the League is you've got to get through adversity and you have to go through this without losing your wits and understand here's what is needed to be done and here is how we have to stop it. You grow through success and grow through adversity and that's the stage we're in right now. The guys have to embrace the challenge; the challenge to get ourselves back on the winning track." -- Devils coach John Hynes

 

Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Connor Brickley -- Vincent Trocheck -- Radim Vrbata

Jamie McGinn -- Nick Bjugstad -- Colton Sceviour

Dryden Hunt -- Derek MacKenzie -- Micheal Haley

Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad

Mike Matheson -- Mark Pysyk

Ian McCoshen -- MacKenzie Weegar

James Reimer

Roberto Luongo

Scratched: Alex Petrovic, Antti Niemi

Injured: Jared McCann (lower body)

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Jesper Bratt -- Adam Henrique -- Drew Stafford

Brian Gibbons -- Brian Boyle -- Jimmy Hayes

Miles Wood -- Blake Coleman -- Stefan Noesen

Andy Greene -- Steven Santini

John Moore -- Mirco Mueller

Will Butcher -- Damon Severson

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Dalton Prout, Ben Lovejoy, Pavel Zacha

Injured: Marcus Johansson (concussion), Travis Zajac (torn pectoral muscle)

 

Status report

reimer will start after Luongo made 24 saves Friday in a 4-1 win at the Buffalo Sabres. ... Zajac, who had surgery on Aug. 17, was at the morning skate after being cleared to practice and play. Hynes said he could return to the lineup as early as early as next week.

 

Stat pack

The Panthers have won five straight games against the Devils, including the past two at Prudential Center. Barkov has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in his past 11 games. ... Greene has 199 points (40 goals, 159 assists) in 721 NHL games.

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