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Senators at Panthers preview

Ottawa eyes point in fourth straight game; Florida to split up Huberdeau, Barkov

by Alain Poupart / Independent Correspondent

SENATORS (14-17-2) at PANTHERS (15-12-5)

7 p.m. ET; FS-F, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV


The Game

The Ottawa Senators will look to extend their point streak to four games when they face the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Monday.

The Senators are 2-0-1 in their past three games, including a 4-3 overtime victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. Forward Anthony Duclair completed a hat trick in overtime, giving him eight goals in his past five games, and was named the NHL's Second Star for the week ending Dec 15.

The Panthers have lost three straight games in regulation and are 3-7-0 in their past 10 after going 5-1-0 in their previous six. They're coming off a 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

Florida will split up its top-line pairing of Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov, who are first and second on the team in scoring.


Players to watch

Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot has an assist in each of his past four games.

Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his past eight games.


They said it

"The team has been playing well these past few games and racking up some points. It's awesome to see. We're a confident group right now and I just want to keep going." -- Senators forward Anthony Duclair

"You're not happy with results and that leads to looking at your options. We're looking for some balance, some consistency in all the lines and getting a better four-line rotation is what we're looking to do." -- Panthers coach Joel Quenneville


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown

Tyler Ennis -- Artem Anisimov -- Colin White

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Chris Tierney -- Anthony Duclair

Nick Paul -- Logan Brown -- J.C. Beaudin

Thomas Chabot -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Nikita Zaitsev

Cody Goloubef -- Maxime Lajoie

Anders Nilsson

Marcus Hogberg

Scratched: Mikkel Boedker, Andreas Englund, Erik Brannstrom

Injured: Scott Sabourin (nose), Craig Anderson (knee), Dylan DeMelo (finger)


Panthers projected lineup

Frank Vatrano -- Aleksander Barkov -- Brett Connolly

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Vincent Trocheck -- Noel Acciari

Mike Hoffman -- Brian Boyle -- Evgenii Dadonov

Colton Sceviour -- Dominic Toninato -- Mark Pysyk

Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad

MacKenzie Weegar -- Anton Stralman

Mike Matheson -- Josh Brown

Sergei Bobrovsky  

Chris Driedger

Scratched: Denis Malgin

Injured: Jayce Hawryluk (upper body)


Status report

The Senators, who are having their Father's Trip, did not hold a morning skate. … Ottawa recalled Beaudin and Brannstrom from Belleville of the American Hockey League on Monday. … Pysyk, a defenseman throughout his eight-season NHL career, will play forward for the sixth time in 2019-20. … Barkov will be in the lineup after leaving late in the third period against Boston on Saturday.


Stat pack

Huberdeau will play his 500th NHL game. … Florida is 0-for-9 on the power play in its past three games after going 4-for-11 the previous three. … The Senators are 11-for-105 (10.5 percent) with the man-advantage, last in the NHL. … Ottawa, making its first of two visits to Sunrise, Florida, has won at least one game at BB&T Center in each of the past 22 seasons.

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