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GameDay 34: Lines, Betting Odds for Panthers at Stars

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The Florida Panthers celebrate one of their NHL-leading 18 home victories but now need to start figuring out how to win on the road. // Roger Lee Photographer (561) 866-2000

There is no doubt the Florida Panthers know how to win at home. Starting tonight against the Dallas Stars, they need to start figuring out how to win on the road.

The Panthers boast the best home record in the NHL at 18-3, their play in Sunrise a huge reason why they are sitting a point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL standings.

Going into Thursday’s game, the Panthers have lost eight of their past nine road games — their only win coming against the Coyotes out in Glendale.

“It’s fun to play at home. You come out ready and we have energy and now we have to bring that on the road,’’ Patric Hornqvist said Tuesday night.

“We have to play with a little more confidence on the road and I think this road trip here coming up is a good test for us. We just have to go out there and earn it and play the right way with a little swagger.”

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Of course, things are not as dire as they sound.

The Panthers have only played 12 road games this season and have points in eight of them with four wins.

Only that means Florida has a lot of road games left on this schedule.

Packing up some of that Sunrise Mojo — whatever that may be — would certainly help.

— The Panthers head into the game riding a four-game winning streak. Of course, all of those wins came at home.

Florida outscored its opponents 24-10 in those games, setting a franchise record.

— Florida will be without backup goalie Spencer Knight after he joined the team’s growing Covid list. 

Per Steve Goldstein, neither Sam Reinhart nor Mason Marchment were on the ice Thursday so they remain in protocol. Sam Bennett, suspended for the following two games, traveled and is practicing with the team.

FLORIDA PANTHERS ON DECK

FLORIDA PANTHERS AT DALLAS STARS

PROJECTED FLORIDA PANTHERS LINEUP

23 Carter Verhaeghe // 16 Sasha Barkov // 98 Maxim Mamin

11 Jonathan Huberdeau // 15 Anton Lundell // 10 Anthony Duclair

77 Frank Vatrano // 19 Joe Thornton // 74 Owen Tippett

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

52 MacKenzie Weegar // 5 Aaron Ekblad

42 Gus Forsling // 7 Radko Gudas

4 Olli Juolevi // 62 Brandon Montour

72 Sergei Bobrovsky

35 Jonas Johansson

Scratched: Lucas Carlsson

Injured: Noel Acciari (LTIR), Markus Nutivaara (LTIR)

Taxi Squad: Matt Kiersted, Chase Priskie, Aleksi Heponiemi

Covid Protocol: Mason Marchment, Sam Reinhart, Spencer Knight

Suspended: Sam Bennett (Game 2 of 3)

PROJECTED DALLAS STARS LINEUP

21 Jason Robertson // 24 Roope Hintz // 16 Joe Pavelski

34 Denis Gurianov // 14 Jamie Benn // 91 Tyler Seguin

25 Joel Kiviranta // 40 Jacob Peterson // 47 Alexander Radulov

18 Michael Raffl // 12 Radek Faksa // 11 Luke Glendenning

23 Esa Lindell // 3 John Klingberg

20 Ryan Suter // 4 Miro Heiskanen

5 Andrej Sekera // 2 Jani Hakanpaa

29 Jake Oettinger

70 Braden Holtby

Dallas Stars lines courtesy DailyFaceoff.com

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