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Barkov ruled out against Sabres

Panthers center injured Monday vs. Red Wings @NHLdotcom

PANTHERS (31-16-6) at SABRES (21-26-6) 

TV: 7 p.m. ET; FS-F, MSG-B, NHL.TV 

Season series: Corban Knight and Derek MacKenzie each had a goal and an assist in the Florida Panthers' 5-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on Jan. 5. Linus Ullmark made 36 saves in Buffalo's 3-2 win against Florida at BB&T Center on Nov. 12. 

Panthers team scope: Florida will play its second game in as many nights following a 3-0 loss at the Detroit Red Wings on Monday. The Panthers will be without center Aleksander Barkov, who did not play in the third period after taking a hit from Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader. "You hate to lose your top player, but that's part of the game,'' coach Gerard Gallant told the Miami Herald. "We're disappointed to lose him. I thought it was a cheap shot, but the referees didn't see it that way and explained to me it was a clean check. It's tough. It happens quick, and we get to see the replay. I think it'll be looked at. [Abdelkader] left his feet a little and got him in the jaw." Goalie Roberto Luongo is expected to get the start after Al Montoya played in Detroit. 

Sabres team scope: Buffalo is hopeful forwards Marcus Foligno and Zegmus Girgensons will be able to play Tuesday. Foligno missed a 2-1 overtime loss at the Boston Bruins on Saturday because of a bruised leg; Girgensons did not practice Monday. "I'm hoping this was nothing more than a maintenance day for Zemgus, but he is dealing with a lower-body injury," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told The Buffalo News. Foligno was injured last Thursday in a 3-2 shootout loss against the Bruins. "It was good to get a full practice in with the guys," he said. "I feel pretty good. We'll see how [Tuesday] is. Right now it's just a pain tolerance. It was tough to even skate a couple days ago. [Sunday], it felt a little better, and today, I was able to skate. We'll see [Tuesday] morning." Goalie Robin Lehner likely will start. 

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