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Panthers at Sharks preview

Florida aims to avoid third straight loss; San Jose has won four of five

by Ross McKeon / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

PANTHERS (30-22-6) at SHARKS (26-28-4)

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

 

The Game

The Florida Panthers will try to avoid a third straight loss when they visit the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Monday.

The Panthers, who are 2-6-1 in their past nine after winning six in a row, are four points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for third place in the Atlantic Division. They trail the Philadelphia Flyers by five points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

The Sharks have won four of their past five games but will be without four of their six leading scorers; defenseman Erik Karlsson (broken thumb), and forwards Tomas Hertl (knee), Logan Couture (fractured ankle) and Evander Kane (suspended).

 

Players to watch

Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau has scored in each of his past two games.

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns has a five-game point streak (two goals, four assists).

 

They said it

"We've got to start winning some games. We're so close. I think we're just slipping away since the All-Star break." -- Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau

"We just had a really good road trip, so things are starting to look really good. We just have a lot of work left to do here." - Sharks forward Patrick Marleau

 

Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Brett Connolly -- Vincent Trocheck -- Colton Sceviour

Frank Vatrano -- Dominic Toninato -- Mike Hoffman

Mike Matheson -- Noel Acciari -- Mark Pysyk

MacKenzie Weegar -- Aaron Ekblad

Riley Stillman -- Anton Stralman

Keith Yandle -- Josh Brown

Sergei Bobrovsky

Sam Montembeault

Scratched: Jayce Hawryluk, Denis Malgin

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

 

Sharks projected lineup

Timo Meier -- Joe Thornton -- Kevin Labanc

Patrick Marleau -- Barclay Goodrow -- Stefan Noesen

Melker Karlsson -- Joel Kellman -- Dylan Gambrell

Marcus Sorensen -- Alexander True -- Antti Suomela

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Tim Heed

Brenden Dillon -- Brent Burns

Radim Simek -- Mario Ferraro

Aaron Dell

Martin Jones

Scratched: Noah Gregor, Jacob Middleton

Injured: Logan Couture (fractured ankle), Tomas Hertl (knee), Dalton Prout (concussion), Erik Karlsson (broken thumb)

Suspended: Evander Kane

 

Status report

Yandle (855) and Marleau (842) look to extend the fourth- and fifth-longest NHL consecutive game streaks. … Kane will serve the second of a three-game suspension for elbowing Winnipeg Jets defenseman Neal Pionk on Feb. 14. … Karlsson will have surgery this week.

 

Stat pack

Marleau needs one goal to pass Mike Modano (561) for 25th place on the NHL all-time list. … Ekblad has an assist in each of his past two games. … Melker Karlsson (two goals, no assists) and Gambrell (one goal, one assist) are seeking three-game point streaks.

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