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Preview: Lightning at Panthers

Jaromir Jagr expected to play for Florida; Tampa Bay aims for complete game

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LIGHTNING (7-4-1) at PANTHERS (5-6-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, SUN, NHL.TV

 

Lightning team scope

The Tampa Bay Lightning would like to improve their play in the first period; they have been held without a first period goal in nine games this season. "Every season there is something you want to improve on, get better at. Right now it's the first periods," defenseman Victor Hedman told the Tampa Bay Times. "As we go through this, I'm sure we're going to find another Achilles in our game. At the same time, we got to find a ways to win, and good teams do that. We did that (against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday), I think, but you want to have that complete 60-minute game." Goalie Ben Bishop is expected to start after making 37 saves Saturday. The Lightning are 2-0-1 in their past three games, outscoring the opposition 13-6. Tampa Bay seeks its first win at BB&T Center since a 4-0 victory on April 4, 2015.

 

Panthers team scope

Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr is expected to be in the lineup. Jagr, who missed the final two periods of a 4-2 loss at the Washington Capitals on Saturday because of a sore groin, participated in the morning skate Monday. "[Jagr] is fine," coach Gerard Gallant said. "He just had a charley horse and felt a lot better yesterday. He skated last night by himself and then he's ready to go. He knows what it takes to be ready to play. When you're [44], there are going to be aches and pains. He works real hard." Goaltender Roberto Luongo will make his third start in the past four games.

 

Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Steven Stamkos -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Tyler Johnson -- Brayden Point

Ryan Callahan -- Valtteri Filppula -- Vladislav Namestnikov

Cedric Paquette -- Brian Boyle -- J.T. Brown  

Victor Hedman -- Anton Stralman

Jason Garrison -- Andrej Sustr

Slater Koekkoek -- Braydon Coburn

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratched: Nikita Nesterov, Cory Conacher

Injured: Jonathan Drouin (upper body)

 

Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- Aleksander Barkov -- Jaromir Jagr

Reilly Smith -- Vincent Trocheck -- Colton Sceviour

Jared McCann -- Denis Malgin -- Kyle Rau

Greg McKegg -- Derek MacKenzie -- Shane Harper

Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad

Michael Matheson -- Jason Demers

Mark Pysyk -- Alex Petrovic

Roberto Luongo

James Reimer

Scratched: Shawn Thornton, Steven Kampfer, Jakub Kindl

Injured: Jonathan Huberdeau (Achilles), Nick Bjugstad (hand), Jussi Jokinen (lower body)

 

Status report

Drouin, who has missed the past two games, remains day to day, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told the Tampa Bay Times. … Conacher was recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Sunday. … Jagr was working with usual linemates Barkov and Marchessault on Monday. … Jokinen took part in the morning skate and Gallant expects him to return against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday after missing nine games. Gallant also said Bjugstad might return at some point next week. … The Panthers recalled Kindl from Springfield (AHL) on Sunday. … Kampfer, who cleared waivers Monday, has been a healthy scratch in 11 of 12 games this season.

 

Who's hot

Kucherov, named the NHL's First Star of the week Monday, has four goals and 13 points in his past seven games. … Stamkos is tied for fourth in the League with seven goals and 14 points. He has 27 goals and 48 points in 41 games against the Panthers. … Trocheck has three goals and five points in his past four games.

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