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Gameday No. 33: Lines, Betting Odds for Panthers at Bruins

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Florida Panthers captain Sasha Barkov will not play on Monday night and is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury — Roger Lee Photographer (561) 866-2000

The Florida Panthers will have their hands full again against the league-leading Boston Bruins tonight at TD Garden.

And the injury bug will not do them any favors.

Again.

The last time the Panthers made the trip to Boston, they had to play a man down with Brandon Montour nursing an injury and later had to play with four defensemen after Aaron Ekblad sustained a groin injury.

This time, they will be without captain Sasha Barkov, who is currently day-to-day with a lower-body injury suffered via a stick to the knee in Saturday’s win over the New Jersey Devils.

The good news is that they will not have to play shorthanded this time with Colin White returning from an upper-body injury.

The bad news is that Barkov’s presence will surely be missed against a well-rounded Bruins team.

Boston is headlined by David Pastrnak, who currently ranks sixth in points (42) and is one of eight players to hit the 20-goal mark 30 games into the season.

They also feature one of the best goaltending tandems in the league in Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman.

Ullmark, who comes into the night with a 17-1-1 record and a league leader in save percentage (.938) and goals-against-average (1.83) is their weapon of choice tonight.

Charlie McAvoy leads a deep core of blueliners, ranking eighth among NHL defensemen with 17 points in 17 games since returning from a shoulder injury on Nov. 10.

With their stars complemented by a deep complement of scorers, the Bruins are first in the league in goals against and penalty killing while ranking in the Top 5 in goals for and power play percentage.

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The Panthers will try to combat that with a penalty kill that ranks eighth in the NHL in the month of December led by a player that they will rely heavily on over the next couple of games.

Eetu Luostarinen will step up as the team’s first-line center in Barkov’s absence.

His defensive prowess and tenacity on the puck could prove to fit well next to Carter Verhaeghe, who currently ranks 15th in the NHL in goals, and Sam Reinhart, who has four goals in six points through his active three-game goal streak.

FLORIDA PANTHERS INJURY UPDATES

  • Spencer Knight (8-4-3, .919, 2.64) will make his first start since missing the last six games with an illness.
  • Radko Gudas is a game-time decision for the second game in a row to return from a concussion he suffered on Dec. 3.
  • Anton Lundell was a full participant in Monday’s morning skate and is close to returning from an upper-body injury (and illness) he suffered on Dec. 1.

FLORIDA PANTHERS ON DECK

FLORIDA PANTHERS AT BOSTON BRUINS

PROJECTED FLORIDA PANTHERS LINEUP

23 Carter Verhaeghe // 27 Eetu Luostarinen // 13 Sam Reinhart

19 Matthew Tkachuk // 9 Sam Bennett // 6 Colin White

94 Ryan Lomberg // 12 Eric Staal // 21 Nick Cousins

20 Aleksi Heponiemi // 22 Zac Dalpe // 14 Grigori Denisenko

42 Gus Forsling // 5 Aaron Ekblad

18 Marc Staal // 62 Brandon Montour

28 Josh Mahura // 7 Radko Gudas*

30 Spencer Knight

72 Sergei Bobrovsky

Injured: Anthony Duclair (LTIR-Achilles), Patric Hornqvist (LTIR-concussion), Anton Lundell (UBI), Colin White (UBI), Chris Tierney (UBI), Sasha Barkov (LBI)

Scratched: Matt Kiersted

*Radko Gudas is a game-time decision after missing each of the last six games with a concussion.

PROJECTED BOSTON BRUINS LINEUP

63 Brad Marchand // 37 Patrice Bergeron // 74 Jake Debrusk

18 Pavel Zacha // 46 David Krejci // 88 David Pastrnak

71 Taylor Hall // 13 Charlie Coyle // 11 Trent Frederic

17 Nick Foligno // 92 Tomas Nosek // 12 Craig Smith

48 Matt Grzelcyk // 73 Charlie McAvoy

27 Hampus Lindholm // 25 Brandon Carlo

28 Derek Forbort // 75 Connor Clifton

35 Linus Ullmark

1 Jeremy Swayman

Boston Bruins lines via Fluto Shinzawa

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surveyjay

I don’t understand why there is no disciplinary hearing for the cheap shot on Barkov. What am I missing? I keep hearing it’s because Niko’s not a dirty player, but past history should not be the main criteria, a cheap shot is a cheap shot, regardless of who it comes from. This is yet another slap in the face. If Tkachuk had done the same thing he would have gotten 5 games minimum. Talk about a double standard. Another thing it’s got me really annoyed about the whole situation, is every national media I’ve read all say the same thing… Read more »

resident grinch Vic

NHL officials seem to favor major markets and new stars with their calls IMO.Look at boston game last nite on our first no goal.

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