The Florida Panthers will try and put an end to a three-game losing streak tonight against the Canucks.
In a move that comes as a surprise to no one, Florida will have Spencer Knight back in net.
Sergei Bobrovsky gave up three goals in the first period Tuesday night in Calgary and has surrendered four or more goals in four of his past six starts.
The Panthers will again be without captain Sasha Barkov with Maurice telling reporters in Vancouver that he could be back on the ice in the coming days.
That probably means he will not meet the team in Seattle in time for Saturday’s game although perhaps he flies to Winnipeg for the final game of this road trip.
But if he does not go to Seattle, do not bet on him trying to get to Winnipeg.
Barkov has now missed the past four games and five in the past few weeks with a nagging illness which the team says is not Covid.
The Panthers come into the game not only with three consecutive losses and seven of their past nine.
Vancouver is coming off a 5-1 home loss to the Capitals — a loss which snapped a four-game winning streak.
The Canucks have won five of seven.
PANTHERS ON DECK
FLORIDA PANTHERS AT VANCOUVER CANUCKS
- When: Thursday, 10 p.m.
- Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver
- TV: Bally Sports Florida; ESPN+
- Radio: WPOW 96.5-FM2; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
- Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932
- DraftKings odds — Florida favored: Money Line (-135); Puck line (-1.5, +170); Over/Under 6.5 (-105/-115)
- Last season: Florida won 2-0
- All-time regular season series: Vancouver leads 18-11-4, 6 ties
PROJECTED FLORIDA PANTHERS LINEUP
23 Carter Verhaeghe // 9 Sam Bennett // 13 Matthew Tkachuk
21 Nick Cousins // 15 Anton Lundell // 13 Sam Reinhart
20 Aleksi Heponiemi // 27 Eetu Luostarinen // 6 Colin White
94 Ryan Lomberg // 12 Eric Staal // 70 Patric Hornqvist
42 Gus Forsling // 5 Aaron Ekblad
62 Brandon Montour // 18 Marc Staal
28 Josh Mahura // 7 Radko Gudas
30 Spencer Knight
72 Sergei Bobrovsky
Scratched: Sasha Barkov (illness)
Injured: Anthony Duclair (LTIR-Achilles)
PROJECTED VANCOUVER CANUCKS LINEUP
9 J.T. Miller // 53 Bo Horvat // 21 Nils Hoglander
96 Andrei Kuzmenko // 40 Elias Pettersson // 65 Ilya Mikheyev
8 Connor Garland // 51 Sheldon Dries // 6 Brock Boeser
81 Dakota Joshua // 88 Nils Aman // 20 Curtis Lazar
23 Oliver Ekman-Larsson // 74 Ethan Bear
43 Quinn Hughes // 2 Luke Schenn
44 Kyle Burroughs // 57 Tyler Myers
35 Thatcher Demko
30 Spencer Martin