SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers
center Stephen Weiss
took part in the morning skate, but coach Kevin Dineen
wasn't ready to say afterward that Weiss would be back against the New York Rangers
Weiss has missed the last two games -- an 8-0 loss at Boston last Friday night and a 5-3 victory against Toronto Tuesday -- because of an upper-body injury.
"He had a good day," Dineen said. "I hope he can play tonight. We're going to give him the afternoon and probably dress an extra forward for warm-up and make a final decision post-warm-up whether he's physically able to play or not."
Weiss was among seven forwards who missed the Toronto game. None of the other six -- Marco Sturm
, Mikael Samuelsson
, Sean Bergenheim
, Jack Skille
, Scottie Upshall
and Marcel Goc
-- are expected to play tonight or tomorrow against Montreal.
At the morning skate, Weiss centered a line with Kris Versteeg
and Tomas Kopecky
. He has played all season with Versteeg and Tomas Fleischmann
on a line that's been among the most productive in the League.
Versteeg and Fleischmann were split up during Weiss' absence; Fleischmann skated with Shawn Matthias
and Matt Bradley
Dineen wasn't ready after the morning skate to make any declarations about his lines.
"I'm not one to play cagey, but we're going to make a lot of decisions after warm-up," he said. "A lot of dominoes will either fall or come into place depending on the health of our team. At this point, it's almost hourly. We'll see where we're at post-warm-up."
Here are the projected lineups for the Panthers, and the Rangers, who did not skate this morning:
- Derek Stepan
- Marian Gaborik
- Brad Richards
- Ryan Callahan
- Brian Boyle
- John Mitchell
- Mike Rupp
- Brandon Prust
- Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto
- Anton Stralman
- Stu Bickel
will start in goal, with Martin Biron
- Stephen Weiss
- Kris Versteeg
- Shawn Matthias
- Matt Bradley
- Mike Santorelli
- Michal Repik
Krys Barch - Mark Cullen
- Bill Thomas
- Brian Campbell
- Mike Weaver
- Erik Gudbranson
will start in goal, with Scott Clemmensen
For more on tonight's game, check out the preview here.