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Florida forward Dadonov week to week with upper-body injury; Schneider back in goal for New Jersey

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

PANTHERS (8-12-2) at DEVILS (14-5-4)

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


The Game

Florida Panthers forward Evgenii Dadonov has an upper-body injury and will not play against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Monday.

Dadonov, injured after a body check 12:10 into the third period of a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, is week to week.

Goalie Cory Schneider will make his sixth start in the past seven games for the Devils after backup Keith Kinkaid defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in overtime Saturday. Schneider has allowed three goals or fewer in nine of his past 11 starts (5-3-3). 

New Jersey is second in the Eastern Conference with 32 points, two behind the Tampa Bay Lightning.


Players to watch

Panthers center Vincent Trocheck has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past 11 games.

Devils center Brian Boyle has a three-game point streak (two goals, assist).


They said it

"You can't see how good you're playing until you see the bad parts. We talked about that as a team: maturity level, being honest with ourselves. One of the words in our locker room is authenticity. We have to be authentic and say what we do, do what we say." -- Panthers coach Bob Boughner

"We have to find a way to get to (Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo). The top line with [Aleksander Barkov] is one of the best lines in the League. We'll have to take them out of the game and not allow everyone else to beat us. It's easier said than done, but those are two of the biggest keys." -- Devils goalie Cory Schneider


Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Colton Sceviour

Jamie McGinn -- Vincent Trocheck -- Nick Bjugstad

Henrik Haapala -- Jared McCann -- Dryden Hunt

Micheal Haley -- Derek MacKenzie -- Connor Brickley

Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad

Mike Matheson -- Mark Pysyk

Ian McCoshen -- MacKenzie Weegar

Roberto Luongo

James Reimer

Scratched: Chase Balisy, Denis Malgin, Alex Petrovic

Injured: Radim Vrbata (face), Evgenii Dadonov (upper body)


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Jesper Bratt

Adam Henrique -- Travis Zajac -- Drew Stafford

Brian Gibbons -- Blake Coleman -- Stefan Noesen

Pavel Zacha -- Brian Boyle -- Miles Wood

Andy Greene -- Steven Santini

John Moore -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- Ben Lovejoy

Cory Schneider 

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Dalton Prout, Jimmy Hayes

Injured: Marcus Johansson (concussion), Mirco Mueller (collarbone), Kyle Palmieri (broken right foot)


Status report

Sceviour replaced Dadonov on the first line at practice Sunday. … Malgin was recalled from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Monday. ... Johansson is cleared to play but will miss his 13th straight game since he was injured on Nov. 1. Devils coach John Hynes said Johansson will continue practicing before he decides on his availability at the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.


Stat pack

Luongo is one win from becoming the second goalie in NHL history to win 200 games with two different teams (252 with the Vancouver Canucks). Patrick Roy won 289 with the Montreal Canadiens and 262 with the Avalanche. ... Hall has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past two games.

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