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Florida Panthers at Ottawa Senators - Game 35 Preview

Florida: 18-10-6 (42PTS)
Ottawa: 16-14-4 (36PTS)
Season Series: 0-1-0
Game Time: 7:30 PM EST
Television: Fox Sports Florida, Sportsnet Ottawa
Radio: 560 WQAM

The Panthers are on a quick pre-Christmas two-game road trip. Both games are against teams that will be in the Panthers' new conference starting next season: the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins. The Panthers have not been good against the Senators. The Sens swept the last season series and are 40-24-3-2 against the Panthers all time. The Cats added to their string of injuries this week, losing both Marco Sturm and Mikael Samuelsson in Tuesday's game against the Coyotes. The Panthers still hold a seven point lead for the division, but have only won five of their last ten games.

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News and Notes

Last meeting

The Senators beat the Panthers 4-3 on the Panthers' first visit to Ottawa this season in late October. Former Panther Craig Anderson had the win and Nick Foligno the game winner.

Last game

The Panthers lost a penalty-filled home game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night.

Lineup

The Panthers lost two more forwards to injury this week. Marco Sturm and Mikael Samuelsson were injured in the game against Phoenix. Michal Repik and Evgenii Dadonov have been called up to replace them in the lineup. The Panthers have announced they will dress seven defensemen for the game, but have not said which forward will be scratched.

Injuries

  • F Scottie Upshall (hip), 11/10, 6 to 8 weeks
  • F Marcel Goc (concussion), 11/16, unknown
  • F Jack Skille (shoulder), 12/16, at least a week
  • F Sean Bergenheim (groin), unknown
  • F Marco Sturm (unknown, possibly concussion), day to day
  • F Mikael Samuelsson (unknown), day to day

    Starting goaltenders:

    • Starters were not named at press time; can assume it will be Scott Clemmensen vs Craig Anderson

    Lines

    Forwards
    1. Fleischmann-Weiss-Versteeg
    2. Dadonov/Repik-Matthias-Kopecky
    3. Repik/Dadonov-Kennedy-Bradley
    4. Barch/Santorelli/Thomas
    Defense
    1. Campbell-Garrison
    2. Jovanovski-Gudbranson
    3. Kulikov-Weaver
    4. Ellerby