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Panthers Look To Have More Solid Stretches Against Sabres

Various News and Notes from Panthers Morning Skate
Thursday, 03.28.2013 / 1:00 PM
By Glenn Odebralski - FloridaPanthers.com / Panthers Insider
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Panthers Look To Have More Solid Stretches Against Sabres
Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell skates with the puck against the Buffalo Sabres at the BB&T Center on Feb. 28, 2013. Campbell tied the game at three with a late third period goal but the Panthers fell 4-3 in the shootout (Getty Images)

Finally home. After playing a season-high five-game road trip in which the Panthers won the first two games before falling short in their final three, Florida returns home as they host the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night.

While in the game up until the very end against New Jersey (2-1), NY Islanders (3-0 with two late empty net goals) and Toronto (3-2), the Panthers will look to continue their play from the road. Just finish in the win column.

"It didn't finish the way we wanted the road trip to," said Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen following Florida's morning skate at the BB&T Center. "We played some solid hockey for stretches out there and we want to bring that home. That's important for us."

Goaltender Jacob Markstrom figures to get the start as he was the first one off the ice and Dineen was quick on words to describe the goaltender's play of late. The 23-year old has stopped 139 of 145 shots (.959 SV%) in the four games he played on the recent road trip.

"You can say a lot of things," said Dineen about Markstrom when asked about his play. "He's given us a chance to win every night."

Also in the lineup will be fellow 23-year old, TJ Brennan, who was a healthy scratch in the last game against Toronto. The blueliner will get a chance to skate against the team that he was drafted by and played with up until being traded to the Panthers on March 15.

"TJ's been fine. He's got a heavy shot," said Dineen. "We're having discussions on the way we play in certain situations but TJ's everything we expected that he would come in and be able to fill a roll.

"He's in a situation where we have seven D and we have a decision to make. He was a healthy scratch but he'll be in against his old team."

One injured player that is close to returning is enforcer George Parros (upper body). He missed the entire road trip but skated with the team Thursday.

"He won't play tonight but we're hopeful that he'll be fit enough to play Saturday," said Dineen.

Projected Lines vs Sabres
11-18-88
14-57-82
19-15-13
37-25-42

Projected D Pairs vs Sabres
23-51
7-17
3-44

Projected Goaltenders vs Sabres
35
30

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 62 22 15 -8 37
J. Jokinen 61 6 28 -1 34
J. Huberdeau 59 9 24 2 33
A. Ekblad 62 9 23 8 32
B. Boyes 60 10 21 8 31
J. Jagr 58 11 18 -11 29
J. Hayes 53 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 62 3 19 3 22
A. Barkov 51 9 12 -6 21
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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