SUNRISE, Fla. --
The Florida Panthers
might have forward Kris Versteeg
and defenseman Dmitry Kulikov
back in the lineup sometime during their current four-game homestand, but it won't be Tuesday night against Toronto.
Coach Kevin Dineen
said both Versteeg, who is tied with Tomas Fleischmann
for the team lead in goals (22) and points (49), and Kulikov also were doubtful for Thursday's game against Boston but wouldn't rule out the possibility they’d return for the last game of the homestand, Saturday against Buffalo.
Versteeg has missed the last seven games because of a lower-body injury, while Kulikov has missed 21 after undergoing knee surgery in January.
Forward Jack Skille
, meanwhile, definitely won't play during the homestand and there's a possibility he might be done for the season.
Skille sustained an upper-body injury in Friday night’s 2-1 shootout loss at Pittsburgh when he collided with teammate Sean Bergenheim
Earlier this season, Skille sat out 20 games with a shoulder injury that occurred when he slammed into the boards while attempting to throw a body check.
"I know it's going to be a while, certainly long term," Dineen said. "Until I hear the actual words that he's done for the season, that hasn't been told to me yet, but I would not expect to see him certainly for quite a while."
Dineen didn't indicate who would start in net for the Panthers on Tuesday, but it seems likely Jose Theodore
will make his fifth consecutive start.
After allowing five goals on 35 shots during Thursday's 5-0 loss at Philadelphia, Theodore stopped 67 of 68 shots in the last two games -- the shootout loss at Pittsburgh and a 2-0 victory against Carolina on Sunday.
For the Leafs, Jonas Gustavsson
has started the last six games, but coach Randy Carlyle
also declined to say who would be in the net Tuesday night.
Instead of Gustavsson, Carlyle could choose to go with James Reimer
, whose last start came Feb. 28 against those same Florida Panthers
when he gave up five goals on 23 shots in a 5-3 loss.
Here are Tuesday's projected lineups for the Maple Leafs and Panthers.
- Tyler Bozak
- Phil Kessel
- Mikhail Grabovski
- Nikolai Kulemin
- David Steckel
- Joey Crabb
- Matthew Lombardi - Matt Frattin
- Dion Phaneuf
- Mike Komisarek
- Luke Schenn
- Stephen Weiss
- Tomas Fleischmann
- Marcel Goc
- Mikael Samuelsson
- Shawn Matthias
- Mike Santorelli
- John Madden
- Jerred Smithson
- Brian Campbell
- Erik Gudbranson
- Mike Weaver