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Trocheck in Panthers lineup for Game 5

Forward returns to play against Islanders, has been out since March 29

by Alain Poupart / Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck is in the lineup against the New York Islanders in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at BB&T Center on Friday.

It is his first Stanley Cup Playoff game. The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2.

Trocheck hasn't played since March 29 when he sustained a foot injury while blocking a shot against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He's expected to skate on a line with Jiri Hudler and Teddy Purcell.

At the time of his injury, Trocheck was tied for the Panthers lead with 25 goals and had 28 assists in 76 games.

Defenseman Jakub Kindl was scatched after playng Game 4, when the Panthers used seven defensemen and 11 forwards.

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