Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck will miss the rest of the regular season, coach Gerard Gallant told the Miami Herald on Wednesday.
Trocheck is thought to have a non-displaced fracture in his ankle after blocking a shot by Toronto Maple Leafs forward PA Parenteau in Florida's 5-2 loss on Tuesday. Trocheck's ankle was in a cast Wednesday when the Panthers took to the ice for their team picture, and the Herald reported he will need to wear it for about 10 days.
Trocheck has career highs of 25 goals and 53 points in 76 games this season and had scored in four consecutive games prior to Tuesday.
Forward Rocco Grimaldi is expected to be recalled from Portland of the American Hockey League, according to the Herald. Forward Derek MacKenzie practiced Wednesday and Gallant said he should be able to return to the lineup Thursday against the New Jersey Devils.
The Panthers are tied in points with the Tampa Bay Lightning at 93 with six games remaining for each team, but the Lightning hold first place in the Atlantic Division by virtue of having 41 regulation/overtime wins to 35 for the Panthers.
The First Round of the Stanley Cup playoffs begin April 13.