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Florida Panthers Missing Ekblad, Lundell vs. Oilers Tonight

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Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad, pictured here during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, will not play tonight in Edmonton after leaving Thursday night’s game in Vancouver. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The Florida Panthers will be without some key pieces when they visit the Edmonton Oilers tonight at 10 p.m. (BSF).

Aaron Ekblad, who left Thursday’s 4-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks after the second period with an undisclosed lower-body injury, will be held out as a precaution said coach Paul Maurice.

Anton Lundell and Jonah Gadjovich will miss their second consecutive games due to illness.

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With Uvis Balinskis sent to Charlotte on Friday, Josh Mahura will return for the first time since sustaining a knee injury Nov. 16 in Los Angeles.

Ekblad and Brandon Montour coincidentally rejoined the Florida lineup the following night in Anaheim.

Florida also recalled Will Lockwood; he will replace Gadjovich on the fourth line.

The starting goalies will be Sergei Bobrovsky and Calvin Pickard.

Florida has lost its past two games — both by shutout — and Edmonton is coming off a 7-4 loss to Tampa Bay which ended its eight-game winning streak.

In those eight wins, Pickard only made one start and got the win against New Jersey.

ON DECK

FLORIDA PANTHERS @ EDMONTON OILERS

  • When: Saturday, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton
  • TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida, ESPN+
  • Radio: WAXY 790-AM; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932, NHL App
  • Local Odds — Oilers Favored: Money Line (-145); Puck line (-1.5, +155); Over/Under 6.5 (-160/+130)
  • This Season (Florida Leads 1-0) — At Florida: Panthers 5, Oilers 3 (Nov. 20). At Edmonton: Saturday.
  • Last Season: Edmonton won 2-0
  • All-time Regular Season Series: Oilers lead 23-15-0, 3 ties

PROJECTED FLORIDA PANTHERS (17-10-2) LINES

17 Evan Rodrigues // 16 Sasha Barkov // 13 Sam Reinhart

23 Carter Verhaeghe // 9 Sam Bennett // 19 Matthew Tkachuk

27 Eetu Luostarinen // 82 Kevin Stenlund // 21 Nick Cousins

67 Will Lockwood // 18 Steven Lorentz // 94 Ryan Lomberg

42 Gus Forsling // 91 Oliver Ekman-Larsson

77 Niko Mikkola // 62 Brandon Montour

7 Dmitry Kulikov // 28 Josh Mahura

72 Sergei Bobrovsky

41 Anthony Stolarz

Injured: Aaron Ekblad (LBI), Anton Lundell (illness), Jonah Gadjovich (illness)

Back to Charlotte: Uvis Balinskis

PROJECTED EDMONTON OILERS (13-13-1) LINES

93 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins // 97 Connor McDavid // 18 Zach Hyman

13 Mattias Janmark // 29 Leon Draisaitl // 37 Warren Foegele

91 Evander Kane // 71 Ryan McLeod // 28 Connor Brown

89 Sam Gagner // 57 James Hamblin // 10 Derek Ryan

25 Darnell Nurse // 5 Cody Ceci

14 Mattias Ekholm // 2 Evan Bouchard

27 Brett Kulak // 73 Vincent Desharnais

30 Calvin Pickard

74 Stuart Skinner

Scratched: Adam Erne, Ben Gleason

Edmonton Oilers lines courtesy NHL.com

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