Jokinen (face/knee) is questionable for Saturday’s game.
Jokinen had to go to the dentist after being caught by a high stick on Thursday’s game and he is also dealing with a knee issue. He is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game, so monitor his status during the morning skate.
Luongo stopped 21 of 22 shots in the Panthers’ 4-1 win over the Red Wings last Saturday. He was given Tuesday night off as James Reimer faced the Lightning, but will be back in goal tonight vs. Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals. Luongo is off to a great start to the season, having allowed just two goals on 45 shots (.957 SV%) to earn a win in each of his first two starts.
Roberto Luongo started the first two games of the year, but Reimer will get his first start tonight in Tampa Bay. The 28-year-old had a great 2015-16 season with the Maple Leafs and Sharks, totalling a 17-14-7 record, 2.31 GAA and .922 SV%. With Luongo getting up there in age, Reimer is expected to see more starts than your average backup which makes him rosterable in deeper formats.
Reimer is expected to make his Panthers debut on Tuesday.
Roberto Luongo started the first two games of the year, but it looks like Reimer will get his first start tonight in Tampa Bay. The 28-year-old had a great 2015-16 season with the Maple Leafs and Sharks, totalling a 17-14-7 record, 2.31 GAA and .922 SV%. With Luongo getting up there in age, Reimer is expected to see more starts than your average backup which makes him rosterable in deeper formats.
Luongo turned aside 23 of the 24 shots that he faced in the Panthers’ overtime win over the Devils on Thursday. Tonight he will face the Red Wings, as he looks to notch his 438th career victory and take sole possession of sixth all-time on the wins list. Luongo was 2-1-0 with a 2.65 GAA and .918 SV% against Detroit last year.
Luongo will start the Panthers' season opener on Thursday.
Luongo underwent hip surgery six months ago, but is set to start the Panthers’ season opener vs. the Devils. Luongo appeared in 62 games last season, winning 35 games with a 2.35 GAA and .922 SV%. He will likely start fewer games this season with James Reimer in town, but remains a borderline No.1 fantasy netminder. Luongo should make for a strong start on Thursday against a Devils offence that should be improved, but still below average.
The Panthers have acquired Brody Sutter from the Hurricanes in exchange for Connor Brickley.
Sutter, 25, was a seventh round pick (193rd overall) in 2011 and has only appeared in 12 career NHL games. He has been a solid AHLer in Charlotte, picking up 33 goals and 44 assists (77 points) over the last three seasons. He should report to Springfield.
Malgin is expected to make the Panthers out of training camp.
Malgin, 19, was a fourth round pick (102nd overall) in the 2015 draft and he is expected to make the Panthers after Nick Bjugstad suffered a hand injury in training camp. Malgin spent last season in his native country of Switzerland, where he registered 17 points (5G / 12A) in 38 games with Zurich SC.
Marchessault expected to see first line minutes with Huberdeau out.
After Jonathan Huberdeau left Saturday’s preseason game, Marchessault took reps with Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr. Marchessault had seven goals and 11 assists (18 points) in 45 games with the Lightning last year before signing with Florida this summer.
Huberdeau will miss 3-4 months with a lower-leg injury.
Huberdeau was coming into 2016-17 with massive expectations after a career-year last season. His injury will keep him out until at least January and opens the door for younger players like Jonathan Marchessault, who moved to the top line following Huberdeau's injury on Saturday.
Huberdeau will miss the start of the regular season with a lower-leg injury.
Huberdeau was injured in Saturday’s preseason game against the Devils when the skate of Sergey Kalinin came down on Huberdeau’s ankle. Huberdeau had to be stitched up and is expected to undergo an MRI on Sunday. The 23-year-old winger was spotted in a walking boot and all signs point towards this being a serious injury. This would be a huge blow to the Panthers’ forward group, that is already missing Nick Bjugstad.
Bjugstad broke his hand during Tuesday’s preseason game against the Stars. The 24-year-old is a key face-off man and third line centre for the Panthers, but will miss at least the first month of the season.
Ekblad (neck/concussion) “is going to be fine” said head coach Gerard Gallant.
Ekblad was sent home after suffering a neck injury and a reported concussion at the World Cup of Hockey. Ekblad is back skating in Florida and is expected to be ready to anchor the Panthers’ top-pair in the season opener.
The Panthers signed Jonathan Huberdeau to a six-year contract extension worth$35.4 million ($5.9M AAV).
Huberdeau, 23, is coming off of a career-year, having posted 20 goals and 39 assists (59 points). The former third overall pick (2011) has turned in back-to-back 50-plus point seasons and appears to only be scratching the surface of what he might be able to accomplish on the Panthers’ top-line with Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr.
The Panthers have signed Derek MacKenzie to a two-year deal worth $2.7 million ($1.35M AAV).
MacKenzie is a quality fourth line centre, that will not do a lot of scoring. He led the Panthers in face-off percentage (54.8%) and was second in hits per game with 2.4. MacKenzie’s value lies in the faceoff circle and on the penalty kill, where he led all Panthers’ forwards with a 2:38 PK/TOI per game.