The Florida Panthers
look to tighten their grip on the Southeast Division lead further tonight when they visit the Winnipeg Jets
Visiting teams have experienced difficulty in Winnipeg this season, but the Panthers (30-20-12) have found success in Manitoba this season. Along with the New York Islanders
, the Panthers are the only team that has come into the MTS Centre and taken two wins this season. The Panthers also have assembled a 5-1-1 mark over seven games in Canada this season.
A regulation win tonight for the Panthers, who have won three straight games, would extend Florida's divisional lead on the Jets to six points and five points on the Washington Capitals
. A win would also tie the club's franchise record of five consecutive on the road, set during the 2008-09 season. The 17 points that the Panthers accumulated in February matched a franchise record for the month.
However, the Panthers will be without Kris Versteeg
(lower-body injury), who has lit up the Jets for 5 goals in two games on Winnipeg ice this season.
is expected to start in net.
Here are the projected lines and pairings for the Panthers:
- Stephen Weiss
- Mikael Samuelsson
- Tomas Kopecky
- Wojtek Wolski
- Mike Santorelli
- Jack Skille
- John Madden
- Jerred Smithson
- Jason Garrison
- Erik Gudbranson
- Mike Weaver