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GameDay No. 26: Lines, Betting Odds for Panthers at Jets

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Chris Tierney, left, Matt Kiersted and Zac Dalpe are all up from AHL Charlotte to help the Florida Panthers tonight in Winnipeg. — Roger Lee Photographer (561) 866-2000

Paul Maurice was obviously excited to be back in Winnipeg, but is probably just relieved his Florida Panthers will have a full contingent of players tonight against the Jets.

Despite missing Sasha Barkov, Patric Hornqvist, Radko Gudas and Anton Lundell, Maurice thinks Florida’s new additions will bring some energy to the Florida lineup.

Being back in the NHL definitely amps up the expectation for players such as Zac Dalpe, Chris Tierney and Matt Kiersted.

All have NHL experience — Dalpe and Tierney especially — and the chance to get back and help the Panthers is something they are primed to do.

“At 33-years-old, to still get the call is never a bad thing for the career,” said Dalpe, who will play in his 155th NHL game tonight but only his second since signing with Florida as a free agent in 2021.

“I am happy to be a part of the team. It has been a good road trip for them and I just want to bring some energy. It’s cliche, but that is what I am here to do.”

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Said Maurice: “They are fired about coming to Winnipeg and playing. We have seen it with Heponiemi scoring the other night and Eric Staal has gone from PTO to non-roster to the third line and he is playing well. You have a whole bunch of guys with an opportunity. They have been working hard and now they’ll play 15 minutes and not 6 or 7.”

Spencer Knight is back in net for the Panthers tonight as he looks for his third consecutive win.

Knight made a total of 67 saves in matching 5-1 wins against Vancouver and Seattle to give the Panthers a little momentum heading into this final game of the road trip.

The Panthers are scheduled to fly home tomorrow morning and play host the Red Wings on Thursday night.

With the team expected to start a little slow in the game coming off a road trip, tonight is a big one for Knight — and the Panthers.

“We had such an unusual set of circumstances, splitting the goaltending for the first 20 games,” Maurice said. “We needed to give one goaltender a chance to get into a bit of a rhythm and his game was right on.

“Sergei’s is not where he wants it to be and we’ll give him time to get it back going. … Spencer feels good and this is his first real opportunity to get a taste of what a No. 1 is like in the National Hockey League.”

PANTHERS ON DECK

FLORIDA PANTHERS AT WINNIPEG JETS

  • When: Tuesday, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Canada Life Center; Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 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 (-115); Puck line (-1.5, +210); Over/Under 6 (-120/+100)
  • Last season: Florida won 2-0
  • All-time regular season series: Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets lead 50-31-8, 5 ties

PROJECTED FLORIDA PANTHERS LINEUP

23 Carter Verhaeghe // 9 Sam Bennett // 13 Matthew Tkachuk

21 Nick Cousins // 27 Eetu Luostarinen // 13 Sam Reinhart

94 Ryan Lomberg // 12 Eric Staal // 6 Colin White

71 Chris Tierney // 22 Zac Dalpe // 20 Aleksi Heponiemi

42 Gus Forsling // 5 Aaron Ekblad

62 Brandon Montour // 18 Marc Staal

28 Josh Mahura // 3 Matt Kiersted

30 Spencer Knight

72 Sergei Bobrovsky

Scratched: Sasha Barkov (illness), Anton Lundell (LBI), Radko Gudas (concussion)

Injured: Anthony Duclair (LTIR-Achilles), Patric Hornqvist (LTIR-UBI)

PROJECTED WINNIPEG JETS LINEUP

91 Cole Perfetti // 55 Mark Scheifele // 26 Blake Wheeler

81 Kyle Connor // 80 Pierre-Luc Dubois // 23 Michael Eyssimont

36 Morgan Barron // 17 Adam Lowry // 8 Saku Meanalanen

71 Axel Jonsson-Fjallby // 19 David Gustafsson // 89 Sam Gagner

44 Josh Morrissey // 7 Dylan DeMelo

5 Brenden Dillon // 4 Neal Pionk

54 Dylan Samberg // 88 Nate Schmidt

37 Connor Hellebuyck

33 David Rittich

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