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GameDay No. 13: Lines, Betting Odds for Panthers at Ducks

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Frank Vatrano (far right) is mobbed by his Florida Panthers teammates after his overtime goal beat the host San Jose Sharks on March 15. Vatrano was traded to the New York Rangers the following day and now plays for the Anaheim Ducks — who play host to the Panthers tonight. — AP Photo/Tony Avelar

The Florida Panthers are catching the Anaheim Ducks at the wrong time.

After losing seven straight games, the rebuilding Ducks have found a little something of late with wins in three of their past four games.

Not saying this a good team or anything, but at least they are feeling good about themselves coming into tonight’s game.

The Panthers will reunite with a good friend tonight as Frank Vatrano is up on the Anaheim top line and is third on the team with four goals through the first 12 games.

Florida will, of course, be without one of its top guns as Matthew Tkachuk was slapped with a two-game suspension by the NHL for hitting Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick in the head with his stick on Saturday night.

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The Panthers are expected to have Spencer Knight in net for the second time on this road trip — one Florida has started 1-2-0.

The team will fly home on Monday.

Anaheim is expected to start veteran John Gibson (2-6-1) in net tonight after Anthony Stolarz got the shootout win in San Jose last night.

Florida moved around some of its lines prior to Saturday’s 5-4 loss to the Kings and with Tkachuk missing, there will be some more adjusting.

With Sam Reinhart back with Anton Lundell — and that line getting so much icetime on Saturday — we are now calling that trio Florida’s second line with Eetu Luostarinen getting his fourth goal of the season.

Sam Bennett is projected to be joined by Nick Cousins and Aleksi Heponiemi on the third.

PANTHERS ON DECK

FLORIDA PANTHERS AT ANAHEIM DUCKS

  • When: Sunday, 9 p.m.
  • Where: Honda Center, Anaheim
  • TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida; NHL Network
  • Radio: WQAM 560-AM; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932
  • DraftKings odds — Florida favored: Money Line (-190); Puck line (-1.5, +120); Over/Under 6.5 (-115/-105)
  • Last season: Florida won 2-0
  • All-time regular season series: Florida leads 20-14-2, 3 ties

PROJECTED FLORIDA PANTHERS LINEUP

23 Carter Verhaeghe // 16 Sasha Barkov // 6 Colin White

27 Eetu Luostarinen // 15 Anton Lundell // 13 Sam Reinhart

21 Nick Cousins // 9 Sam Bennett // 20 Aleksi Heponiemi

94 Ryan Lomberg // 12 Eric Staal // 38 Rudolfs Balcers

42 Gus Forsling // 62 Brandon Montour

28 Josh Mahura // 7 Radko Gudas

3 Matt Kiersted // 18 Marc Staal

30 Spencer Knight

72 Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratch: Lucas Carlsson

Suspended: Matthew Tkachuk (Anaheim, Carolina)

Injured: Anthony Duclair (LTIR-Achilles), Aaron Ekblad (LTIR-groin), Patric Hornqvist (d2d)

PROJECTED ANAHEIM DUCKS LINEUP

14 Adam Henrique // 11 Trevor Zegras // 77 Frank Vatrano

44 Maxime Comtois // 16 Ryan Strome // 19 Troy Terry

49 Max Jones // 37 Mason McTavish // 20 Brett Leason

45 Colton White // 21 Isac Lunderstrom // 33 Jakob Silfverberg

29 Dmitry Kulikov // 3 John Klingberg

13 Simon Benoit // 4 Cam Fowler

28 Nathan Beaulieu // 22 Kevin Shattenkirk

36 John Gibson

41 Anthony Stolarz

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