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Game 4 — Panthers at Capitals: Lineups, Betting Odds, How to Watch

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The Florida Panthers are expected to have goalie Sergei Bobrovsky back in net for game 4 against the Washington Capitals on Monday night. — Roger Lee Photographer (561) 866-2000

When the Florida Panthers lined up for practice on Sunday afternoon in Washington, all of their lines and defensive pairings from Saturday afternoon’s humbling loss to the Capitals in Game 3 were the same.

Coach Andrew Brunette said there could be some changes before Monday night, however.

On Monday morning, with his team taking an optional skate, he said there were no changes to the lineup.

The Florida Panthers are boxed into a bit of a corner here, down 2-1 in a best-of-7 series with Game 4 in Washington.

Florida, the top seed in the entire NHL after the most successful regular season in franchise history, cannot afford to come home trailing 3-1.

There is a lot of pressure on the Panthers right now.

”I think we are considering everything,’’ Brunette said when asked about the lineup on Sunday.

“I think it was nice to have that day after an afternoon game to have some time to think back and make an educated decision.”

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Brunette was also asked about his defensive pairings, a group he has been reticent to mess with aside from in the latter stages of the regular season when he was trying out a number of new looks.

With Aaron Ekblad back from injury, he and MacKenzie Weegar have been reunited and are on the same pair as they have been for the past few seasons.

Although Weegar expressed his extreme willingness to continue with Ekblad before the series started, he did play some great games last season — and this past one — with Gus Forsling as his partner.

With Weegar not having a great series so far (his turnover in Game 1 led to the game-tying goal and getting beat in the corner and turning over the puck in Game 3 led to another) perhaps the Panthers would look at trying something different.

The problem with that is, Ekblad really has not played with anyone other than Weegar over the past few seasons.

The two obviously pair well together, but Weegar and Forsling were really good in their time last season.

“I think everything is on the table,” Brunette reiterated. “We had a day reprieve here to go over some things. We’ll make some decisions tomorrow.”

Sergei Bobrovsky took Sunday off as the Florida Panthers had Spencer Knight and Jonas Johansson in net for practice.

Brunette said it was just a maintenance day for Bobrovsky and he would be ready for Monday night.

— Washington’s Evgeny Kuznetsov was been fined the maximum allowed $5,000 for his high-sticking of Noel Acciari during the first period of Saturday’s game.

There was no penalty called on the play.

Tom Wilson remains out for the Capitals.

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

ROUND 1

PANTHERS V. CAPITALS (WSH leads 2-1)

  • Game 4: Monday, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.  
  • TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida, TBS
  • Radio: WQAM 560 (Miami/Fort Lauderdale); WMEN 640 (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3 (Florida Keys); SiriusXM 
  • Draft Kings odds — Florida favored: Money Line (-180); Puck line (-1.5, +140); Over/Under 6.5 (-130/+110); Series (-135)
  • Tickets: CLICK HERE

PANTHERS V. CAPITALS

PROJECTED FLORIDA PANTHERS LINEUP

Coach: Andrew Brunette

11 Jonathan Huberdeau // 16 Sasha Barkov // 10 Anthony Duclair

23 Carter Verhaeghe // 8 Sam Bennett // 13 Sam Reinhart

17 Mason Marchment // 15 Anton Lundell // 28 Claude Giroux

55 Noel Acciari // 27 Eetu Luostarinen // 70 Patric Hornqvist

52 MacKenzie Weegar // 5 Aaron Ekblad

42 Gus Forsling // 7 Radko Gudas

8 Ben Chiarot // 62 Brandon Montour

72 Sergei Bobrovsky

30 Spencer Knight

PP1: Reinhart – Barkov – Giroux – Huberdeau – Ekblad

PP2: Hornqvist – Bennett – Duclair – Marchment – Montour

Scratched: Lucas Carlsson, Petteri Lindbohm, Joe Thornton, Maxim Mamin, Robert Hagg, Jonas Johansson, Ryan Lomberg

Injured: Markus Nutivaara (LTIR)

PROJECTED WASHINGTON CAPITALS LINEUP

Coach: Peter Laviolette

8 Alex Ovechkin // 92 Evgeny Kuznetsov // 77 T.J. Oshie

90 Marcus Johansson // 19 Nicklas Backstrom // 39 Anthony Mantha

24 Connor McMichael // 20 Lars Eller // 73 Conor Sheary

22 Johan Larsson // 26 Nic Dowd // 21 Garnet Hathaway

42 Martin Fehervary // 74 John Carlson

9 Dmitri Orlov // 3 Nick Jensen

57 Trevor van Riemsdyk // 2 Justin Schultz

30 Ilya Samsonov

41 Vitek Vanecek

PP1: Oshie – Backstrom – Kuznetsov – Ovechkin – Carlson

PP2: Johansson – Sheary – Mantha – Schultz – Orlov

Injured: Tom Wilson (d2d, LBI)

Washington Capitals lines courtesy WashingtonHockeyNow.Com

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