SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers will have some players back in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Buffalo Sabres.
In addition to center Stephen Weiss returning after missing Tuesday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins to attend his grandmother's funeral, defenseman Filip Kuba could be ready to play after missing the past two games because of an upper-body injury.
Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said forward Scottie Upshall, who has missed the past 12 games with an ankle injury, was questionable, and right wing Kris Versteeg (upper body) wasn't ready.
Upshall and Versteeg were among 16 players who took part in an optional morning skate at the team’s practice facility.
Scott Clemmensen is expected to get the start in net against the Sabres after replacing Jose Theodore for the third period of Tuesday's victory against the Penguins.
Here are the Panthers' projected lines for Thursday's game:
Tomas Fleischmann - Stephen Weiss - Tomas Kopecky
Jonathan Huberdeau - Drew Shore - Peter Mueller
Shawn Matthias - Marcel Goc - Scottie Upshall
Jack Skille - Jerred Smithson - George Parros
Filip Kuba - Brian Campbell
Dmitry Kulikov - Mike Weaver
Tyson Strachan - Erik Gudbranson
Scratches: Alex Kovalev, Mike Santorelli, Colby Robak
Injured: RW Kris Versteeg (upper body), D Ed Jovanovski (knee), LW Sean Bergenheim (lower body), D Michael Caruso (wrist)