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Florida aims to extend point streak to nine games; Vancouver 6-1-1 in past eight

by Kevin Woodley / Independent Correspondent

PANTHERS (5-2-4) at CANUCKS (6-3-1)

10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNP, FS-F, NHL.TV


The Game 

The Florida Panthers will try to extend their point streak to nine games when they play the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Monday.

The Panthers defeated the Edmonton Oilers 6-2 on Sunday and haven't lost in regulation in their past eight (4-0-4). 

Rookie goalie Sam Montembeault is expected to start for Florida after Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves against Edmonton.

Goalie Thatcher Demko starts for the Canucks after Jacob Markstrom gave up a four-goal lead in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday. 

Vancouver is 6-1-1 in its past eight games while outscoring opponents 30-18.


Players to watch

Panthers center Aleksander Barkov has seven assists in a three-game point streak.

Canucks center Elias Pettersson has points in seven of his past eight games and 11 (three goals, eight assists) over that span.


They said it

"We've been playing catch up in a lot of these games, so just doing the right things and off that you get some good opportunities, some great scoring chances." -- Panthers coach Joel Quenneville on playing with a 4-0 lead Sunday

"It's not fun to sit there and watch the games. The team has been playing really well, so that's good to see and it's tough to change the lineup when the team is doing so good, and I all I can do is try to be in shape and work hard in practice." -- Canucks forward Loui Eriksson, who will play for the first time in 10 games


Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Mike Hoffman -- Brian Boyle -- Brett Connolly

Frank Vatrano -- Denis Malgin -- Jayce Hawryluk

Dryden Hunt -- Noel Acciari -- Colton Sceviour

MacKenzie Weegar -- Aaron Ekblad

Mark Pysyk -- Anton Stralman

Keith Yandle -- Josh Brown

Sam Montembeault

Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratched: Riley Stillman

Injured: Vincent Trocheck (undisclosed), Mike Matheson (undisclosed)


Canucks projected lineup

J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Jake Virtanen

Micheal Ferland -- Brandon Sutter -- Josh Leivo

Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Loui Eriksson

Alexander Edler -- Tyler Myers

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Jordie Benn -- Troy Stecher

Thatcher Demko

Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Oscar Fantenberg, Adam Gaudette

Injured: Tyler Motte (lower body), Antoine Roussel (knee)


Status report

Trocheck was one of four Panthers who skated Monday but there was no update on possible lineup changes. … Eriksson is in for Motte, who was injured blocking a shot against the Capitals. … Gaudette was called up from Utica of the American Hockey League on Sunday.


Stat pack

Huberdeau has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in his past 10 games. … Schaller has scored three goals in his past two games, matching his total in 47 games last season.

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