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Boyle to make Florida debut; McCann expected to play for Pittsburgh

by Alain Poupart / Independent Correspondent

PENGUINS (6-3-0) at PANTHERS (3-2-3)



The Game

Brian Boyle will play his first game with the Florida Panthers when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins at BB&T Center on Tuesday.

The forward signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Sunday, practiced Monday and took part in the morning skate Tuesday.

Aleksander Barkov will be in the lineup for Florida after the center missing the final two periods of a 3-2 shootout victory against the Nashville Predators on Saturday. 

Center Vincent Trocheck is questionable after he was injured blocking a shot Saturday.

Jared McCann likely will play for the Penguins after he missed a 3-0 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday with an undisclosed injury. McCann, who was acquired in a trade with the Panthers last season, was a full participant in practice Monday.


Players to watch

Penguins forward Jake Guentzel has six points (five goals, one assist) in his past six games.

Panthers forward Brett Connolly has scored four goals in a three-game goal streak.


They said it

"As I've always said, we're trying to manage workloads. I've always believed that it's the most overrated practice in hockey." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan on why his team didn't have a morning skate

"Hopefully I'm there. It doesn't really matter. Pittsburgh doesn't care. These guys, if I'm in the lineup, they're going to count on me, so I need to be ready right away." -- Panthers forward Brian Boyle on his readiness for his first game of the season


Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Dominik Simon

Dominik Kahun -- Jared McCann -- Patric Hornqvist

Zach Aston-Reese -- Teddy Blueger -- Brandon Tanev

Adam Johnson -- Joseph Blandisi -- Sam Lafferty

Jack Johnson -- Kris Letang

Marcus Pettersson -- Justin Schultz

Erik Gudbranson -- John Marino

Matt Murray

Tristan Jarry

Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel, Juuso Riikola

Injured: Evgeni Malkin (lower body), Nick Bjugstad (lower body), Bryan Rust (upper body), Alex Galchenyuk (lower body), Zach Trotman (sports hernia surgery), Brian Dumoulin (lower body)


Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Mike Hoffman -- Vincent Trocheck -- Brett Connolly

Frank Vatrano -- Brian Boyle -- Denis Malgin

Dryden Hunt -- Noel Acciari -- Colton Sceviour

MacKenzie Weegar -- Aaron Ekblad

Mike Matheson -- Anton Stralman

Keith Yandle -- Josh Brown

Sergei Bobrovsky

Sam Montembeault

Scratched: Jayce Hawryluk, Mark Pysyk

Injured: None


Status report

Rust and Bjugstad returned to practice Monday and changed from non-contact to full-contact jerseys toward the end of the session. … Trotman practiced Monday in a non-contact jersey but is expected to miss his 10th straight game. … Ekblad will play his 400th NHL game. … Pysyk skated at forward each of the past two games but will be scratched. ... The Penguins did not have a morning skate.


Stat pack

Pittsburgh is 11-1-3 against Florida dating to Dec. 20, 2014. … Murray is 5-1-0 with a 2.16 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in six starts against Florida. … Huberdeau has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past seven games.

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