Trocheck (ankle) will travel to Brooklyn; remains questionable for Game 3.
Trocheck has missed the Panthers last eight games with an ankle injury, but will travel with the team for Game 3 and could return to the lineup. He may not play on Sunday, but it is a good sign that he is nearing a return and should be back during the first round.
Luongo surrendered five goals on 26 shots in the Panthers 5-4 loss to the Islanders in Game 1 last night. Strangely, the Panthers and Islanders have a back-to-back to start the postseason, but Luongo will go again tonight, hoping to tie the series up at 1-1. John Tavares took over last night’s game and Bobby Lu was beat with regularity, but expect a much better effort tonight.
Luongo won his final three starts of the regular season and had a great year for a 37-year-old netminder. The veteran went 35-19-6 with a 2.35 GAA and .922 SV% in 60 starts and tonight he makes his first playoff start with the Panthers. He was 2-1-0 with a 1.96 GAA and .931 SV% in three starts vs. the Islanders this season—he has gone 32-31 with a 2.54 GAA, .916 SV% and five shutouts in 62 career playoff starts.
Gudbranson (undisclosed) will return to the Panthers lineup for Game 1.
Gudbranson missed the last three games of the regular season, but will be back in for the start of the playoffs. Gudbranson doesn’t do much in the way of offence, but he is a big, physical defenseman who will play a big part in a playoff series for the Panthers.
Trocheck (ankle) is listed as day-to-day; questionable for Game 1.
Trocheck has missed the last six games and appears to be in danger of missing the start of the playoffs. Trocheck did not skate on Monday and is still wearing a walking boot, so his return does not appear to be imminent. This is a tough break for Trocheck, who had 25 goals and 28 assists (53 points) in 76 games this season.
Gudbranson (upper-body) will not play on Saturday.
Gudbranson will miss his third consecutive game on Saturday, but should be ready for game 1. Gudbranson probably could have played tonight but there is no need to risk him getting hurt for the playoffs.
Montoya allowed three goals on 26 shots in the Panthers win over the Maple Leafs on Monday. Montoya and Roberto Luongo were expected to split the final four games, so Montoya will go tonight in Ottawa. He has won his last two starts while turning aside 46 of 51 shots (.902 SV%). The Senators come in having lost five of their last seven games.
Gudbranson (upper-body) will not play on Tuesday; returned to Florida.
Gudbranson took a hit to the head last night, so the immediate concern is that he may have suffered a concussion. He missed eight games with a concussion earlier in the season. Alex Petrovic will replace him in the lineup tonight in Montreal.