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GameDay 48: Lineups, Betting Odds for Panthers at Hurricanes

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Jonathan Huberdeau drives the ice with the puck during the Florida Panthers 4-3 overtime win against the host Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh on Jan. 8. — AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker

The Florida Panthers will be making their first appearance on national television this season Wednesday night but Brandon Montour says he did not know anything about it.

Coach Andrew Brunette says his team has bigger things on their mind than making their TNT debut.

The Carolina Hurricanes have not only played four games while the Panthers were enjoying their midseason All-Star break. They also lost three of those four games including their last one Saturday at Minnesota.

Yes, Carolina has been angrily waiting for the Panthers to come to town.

Florida is 2-0 against the Hurricanes this season after losing six of eight to the Hurricanes last year. The two teams are also up near the top of the NHL standings.

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For the first time since the days of the Southeast Division, the Panthers and Hurricanes is now considered a rivalry game.

“We haven’t played in two weeks and they are chomping at the bit to get at us,’’ Brunette lamented. “I hope we’re up for it. … They don’t like us so it’s a double-whammy. We have had really good, competitive games with them the past two years so I think we know what to expect.

“They are really good in their building and they haven’t gotten out of the break the way they would want to, at least statisically and point-wise. They’ll be ready for us.”

The Panthers have been on the ice since Friday afternoon but have not played a real game since losing to the host Rangers on Feb. 2. That is over two weeks ago.

Florida came out of its 13-day Covid-Christmas break flying out of the gate, winning its first four and eight of nine.

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Can the Panthers do it again?

”You never really know what to expect coming out of these breaks,” Brunette said. “I have seen it go all sorts of ways. This team is more mature and more competitive than we were a few years ago when we came out slumping out of the break.

So you don’t really know and it keeps you up at night. It is very uneasy watching games right now for me. I watched the Minnesota game the other night because it was two teams we have to play right off the bat, Minnesota and Carolina. I shouldn’t have done it. It left some restless nights.’’

— The Panthers are expected to not only start Sergei Bobrovsky on Wednesday night, but he could get the call for the entirety of the three-game road trip.

Brunette said the plan was for Spencer Knight to remain with AHL Charlotte at least until the road trip is over.

Jonas Johansson, claimed off waivers in December, has yet to appear in a game for the Panthers although it is possible he does this week.

FLORIDA PANTHERS ON DECK

FLORIDA PANTHERS AT CAROLINA HURRICANES

PROJECTED FLORIDA PANTHERS LINEUP

23 Carter Verhaeghe // 16 Sasha Barkov // 10 Anthony Duclair

11 Jonathan Huberdeau // 8 Sam Bennett // 74 Owen Tippett

17 Mason Marchment  // 15 Anton Lundell // 13 Sam Reinhart

94 Ryan Lomberg // 27 Eetu Luostarinen // 70 Patric Hornqvist

52 MacKenzie Weegar // 5 Aaron Ekblad

42 Gus Forsling // 7 Radko Gudas

32 Lucas Carlsson // 62 Brandon Montour

72 Sergei Bobrovsky

35 Jonas Johansson

Scratched: Joe Thornton, Frank Vatrano, Noel Acciari

Injured: Markus Nutivaara (LTIR), Maxim Mamin (IR), Olli Juolevi (IR), Chase Priskie (IR)

PROJECTED CAROLINA HURRICANES LINEUP

86 Teuvo Teravainen // 20 Sebastian Aho // 88 Martin Necas

37 Andrei Svechnikov // 16 Vincent Trocheck // 24 Seth Jarvis

21 Nino Niederreiter // 11 Jordan Staal // 71 Jesper Fast

48 Jordan Martinook // 82 Jesperi Kotkaniemi // 18 Derek Stepan

74 Jaccob Slavin // 77 Tony DeAngelo

76 Brady Skjei // 22 Brett Pesce

28 Ian Cole // 25 Ethan Bear

31 Frederik Andersen

32 Antti Raanta

Carolina Hurricanes lines courtesy DailyFaceoff.com

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