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Florida trying to end three-game losing streak; New Jersey going for points in seven straight

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

PANTHERS (29-20-6) at DEVILS (20-24-10)

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

 
The Game

The Florida Panthers will look to keep pace in the Atlantic Division when they play the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Tuesday.

The Panthers lost to the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Monday, their third straight loss (0-3-0) and are 1-4-1 in their past six games. Florida is two points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for third place in the Atlantic.

The Devils have a six-game point streak (3-0-3), including back-to-back shutouts against the Philadelphia Flyers (5-0) on Thursday and the Los Angeles Kings (3-0) on Saturday. It's their longest streak since going eight games with a point (7-0-1) from March 23 to April 5, 2018.

Goalie Louis Domingue will make his first start for New Jersey since Feb. 4 after Mackenzie Blackwood started the previous two games.

 
Players to watch

Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past nine games.

Devils defenseman Damon Severson has six points (two goals, four assists) during a six-game point streak.

 
They said it

"I know we're frustrated with a few things but we have a great leadership group in here, we have great guys in this room. We pick everybody up. We're not too worried about it. We'll get scoring and finish off the right way here." -- Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar

"There's motivation (in our point streak). You try to find motivation any way you can at this stage of the year, especially for our team. But that proves one thing ... that guys have pride. Playoffs are a long shot, obviously, but like we said 2-3 weeks ago, we want to climb as high as possible in the standings and see where that leads us and that's still the mindset." -- Devils coach Alain Nasreddine

 
Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Brett Connolly -- Vincent Trocheck -- Noel Acciari

Frank Vatrano -- Dominic Toninato -- Mike Hoffman

Jayce Hawryluk -- Colton Sceviour -- Mark Pysyk

MacKenzie Weegar -- Aaron Ekblad

Riley Stillman -- Anton Stralman

Keith Yandle -- Josh Brown

Sam Montembeault

Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratched: Denis Malgin, Mike Matheson

Injured: Brian Boyle (upper body), Chris Driedger (lower body)

 
Devils projected lineup

Jesper Bratt -- Jack Hughes -- Kyle Palmieri

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Nikita Gusev

Miles Wood -- Pavel Zacha -- Wayne Simmonds

John Hayden -- Kevin Rooney -- Joey Anderson

Andy Greene -- P.K. Subban

Mirco Mueller -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- Connor Carrick

Louis Domingue

Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratched: Colton White

Injured: Sami Vatanen (lower body), Nico Hischier (lower body)

 
Status report

The Panthers did not hold a morning skate. ... Vatanen practiced but the defenseman remains day-to-day. Hischier skated on his own and the forward is progressing but also is day-to-day.

 
Stat pack

Yandle is one goal from 100 in the NHL. ... Palmieri has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past seven games. ... Coleman has four points (two goals, two assists) in a three-game point streak.

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