Florida Panthers land in Toronto, roster set for Islanders
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The Florida Panthers made it safe and sound to Toronto on Sunday and formally set their postseason roster before opening against the New York Islanders this coming weekend.
As expected, the 30 players who reported to camp back on July 13 are the 30 players who will be on the active roster.
There were no cuts during training camp.
No surprise additions, either.
Although Florida was allowed a maximum of 31 players, it started with 30 and ended up with that final number.
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The Panthers will open up Phase 4 play on Wednesday at noon in an exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.
In that game, the Panthers will be allowed to dress 22 players. For Game 1 against the Islanders on Saturday, however, the roster will be the usual 20.
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The Panthers are carrying four goalies on their postseason roster with Sergei Bobrovsky and Chris Driedger getting all of the main work.
If Florida was to lose a goalie in a game while in Toronto, either Sam Montembeault or Philippe Desrosiers would be summoned as the emergency third.
Coach Joel Quenneville seems set on his starting 20 although that could change in the days leading up to the Islanders best-of-5 series depending on injury or illness.
Defenseman Aaron Ekblad has missed the past three practices but Quenneville said he skated on Saturday and could be on the ice Monday when the Panthers hit the ice for the first time since leaving Fort Lauderdale on Sunday morning.
Here is what the Panthers’ lineup looks like.
Frank Vatrano-Sasha Barkov-Evgenii Dadonov
Jonathan Huberdeau-Erik Haula-Mike Hoffman
Lucas Wallmark-Brian Boyle-Brett Connolly
Mark Pysyk-Noel Acciari-Colton Sceviour.
Aaron Ekblad-MacKenzie Weegar
Anton Stralman-Riley Stillman
Keith Yandle-Mike Matheson
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Forwards: Aleksi Saarela; Dominic Toninato; Dryden Hunt
Defensemen: Josh Brown, Brady Keeper
Goalie: Sam Montembeault
How will the Florida Panthers lineup look against the Islanders?
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Forwards: Eetu Luostarinen; Owen Tippett
Defenseman: Chase Priskie
Goalie: Philippe Desrosiers
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not really liking that we’ll be splitting up HBD…hope Q puts them back together quick if things don’t start off well with the current lines
He has kept the lines intact throughout training camp but he likes changing them up.