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Canucks at Panthers preview

Vancouver seeks eighth win in nine games; Bobrovsky expected in goal for Florida

by Alain Poupart / Independent Correspondent

CANUCKS (23-16-4) at PANTHERS (22-16-5)

7 p.m. ET; SN, FS-F, SNP, NHL.TV


The Game

The Vancouver Canucks will look for their eighth victory in nine games when they face the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Thursday.

Vancouver, which had a seven-game winning streak end with a 9-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, will play the second game of a five-game road trip

Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to start for the Panthers, who have alternated wins and losses in their past six games, including a 5-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday.

The Canucks defeated the Panthers 7-2 at Rogers Arena on Oct. 28.


Players to watch

Canucks center Bo Horvat has eight points (two goals, six assists) in a four-game point streak.

Panthers forward Mike Hoffman has five points (two goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak.


They said it

"You fail sometimes when you're trying to get better. You have to get up and get back at it. That's our mentality." -- Canucks forward Antoine Roussel

"We can't be happy. You try to establish a great homestand here and now all of a sudden, we've got to look to rectify that with a big effort and a big game (tonight)." -- Panthers coach Joel Quenneville


Canucks projected lineup

J.T. Miller -- Elias Pettersson -- Jake Virtanen

Tanner Pearson -- Bo Horvat -- Loui Eriksson

Antoine Roussel -- Adam Gaudette -- Brock Boeser

Tyler Motte -- Jay Beagle -- Tim Schaller

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Alexander Edler -- Tyler Myers

Jordie Benn -- Troy Stecher

Thatcher Demko

Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Oscar Fantenberg, Zack MacEwen

Injured: Josh Leivo (fractured kneecap), Brandon Sutter (upper body), Micheal Ferland (upper body), Tyler Graovac (lower body)


Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Brett Connolly -- Vincent Trocheck -- Noel Acciari

Frank Vatrano -- Dominic Toninato -- Mike Hoffman

Colton Sceviour -- Brian Boyle -- Denis Malgin

Mike Matheson -- Aaron Ekblad

Keith Yandle -- Mark Pysyk

Riley Stillman -- Anton Stralman

Sergei Bobrovsky

Chris Driedger

Scratched: Jayce Hawryluk, Josh Brown

Injured: MacKenzie Weegar (upper body)


Status report

Neither team held a morning skate. … Demko will start after Markstrom started 13 of the past 14 games. … MacEwen, a center, has been scratched the past seven games since being recalled from Utica of the American Hockey League. … Weegar, a defenseman who practiced in a non-contact jersey Wednesday, will miss his eighth consecutive game.


Stat pack

Pearson needs one goal to become the fourth player selected in the 2012 NHL Draft to reach 100 (Filip Forsberg, Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Hertl). … Vancouver's power play is ranked fourth in the NHL (25.5 percent) but is 0-for-7 in its past two games. … Huberdeau needs three points to tie Olli Jokinen (419) for most in Panthers history. … Barkov, who is second on the Panthers with 45 points, has been held without a point for five consecutive games.

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