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Preview: Panthers at Maple Leafs

Goalie Frederik Andersen starts for Toronto, Florida's Jaromir Jagr set to reach games-played milestone

by David Alter / NHL.com Correspondent

PANTHERS (3-2-1) at MAPLE LEAFS (1-2-3)

7:30 p.m. ET; TSN4, FS-F, NHL.TV

 

Panthers team scope

Forward Jaromir Jagr will surpass Scott Stevens for seventh on the NHL's all-time list for games played when he takes the ice for the Florida Panthers at Air Canada Centre on Thursday. It will be the 1,636th NHL game for the 44-year-old. Dave Andreychuk is sixth with 1,639. Goaltender Roberto Luongo returns after backup James Reimer made his second start of the season against the Penguins, a game that saw Florida lose 3-2 after taking a 2-0 lead. It's a return to Toronto for Reimer, who played 207 games during parts of six seasons for the Maple Leafs. The Panthers have won their last four games at Air Canada Centre, dating to Feb 17, 2015. Luongo is 3-1-0 with a 1.99 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in five starts this season. Forward Jonathan Marchessault, signed as a free agent during the summer, leads Florida in scoring with eight points in six games. "I think it's just been a good fit," Marchessault said. "The confidence the coach [Gerard Gallant] has given me has just been amazing."

 

Maple Leafs team scope

Goaltender Frederik Andersen is expected to start for the sixth time in seven games for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Andersen is 1-1-3 with a 4.29 goals-against average and .851 save percentage. "I know I need to be better," Andersen said. "It starts with hard work." Forward Seth Griffith will make his season and team debut against the Panthers. Griffith was claimed by the Maple Leafs after the Boston Bruins put him on waivers prior to the start of the season. "It was a tough spot, but here I've been working hard the past week and a half," Griffith said. "I'm feeling good and feeling ready." Rookie center Auston Matthews is tied for first in the NHL with six goals and tied for second with 10 points.

 

Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- Aleksander Barkov -- Jaromir Jagr

Kyle Rau -- Vincent Trocheck -- Reilly Smith

Jared McCann -- Denis Malgin -- Colton Sceviour

Greg McKegg -- Derek MacKenzie -- Shane Harper

Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad

Michael Matheson -- Jason Demers

Mark Pysyk -- Alex Petrovic

Roberto Luongo

James Reimer

Scratched: Shawn Thornton, Steven Kampfer

Injured: Nick Bjugstad (upper body), Jonathan Huberdeau (lower body), Jussi Jokinen (lower body),

 

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Mitchell Marner

Leo Komarov -- Nazem Kadri -- Connor Brown

Matt Martin -- Ben Smith -- Seth Griffith

Morgan Rielly -- Nikita Zaitsev

Jake Gardiner -- Connor Carrick

Martin Marincin -- Roman Polak

Frederik Andersen

Jhonas Enroth

Scratched: Peter Holland, Frank Corrado

Injured: Josh Leivo (lower body), Matt Hunwick (lower body)

 

Status report

Hunwick took part in the morning skate but left early. "[Hunwick] came in this morning and he wasn't feeling right. We'll just say he's got a lower-body injury," coach Mike Babcock said. "We don't really know, we'll get it checked and go from there."

 

Who's hot

Marchessault has goals in back-to-back games and has a point in five of Florida's six games this season. … Nylander has four goals and three assists during a four-game point streak. He has at least one point in five of six games.

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