Florida Panthers GameDay
GameDay No. 69: Lines, Betting Odds for Devils at Panthers
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The Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils have only played twice this season but both games have been heated.
In the first game, Sasha Barkov sustained a knee injury after getting hit by Nico Hischier during a faceoff in the final seconds of the opening period.
When the two teams met for the second time, the game ended with a brawl as Matthew Tkachuk went after Hischier.
Expect an intense game tonight as they meet for the third and final time — at least in the regular season — but not to settle any scores.
Both teams have a lot to play for tonight: the Devils are trying to win the Metropolitan Division as they continue to chase down the Hurricanes while the Panthers are trying to make up ground for a wild card spot.
The Devils are looking forward to being challenged by a Florida team which comes in riding a five-game (4-0-1) point streak. New Jersey has lost its past two games, both to the Lightning.
“This is good for us because the whole idea is we want to be playoff ready and they’re trying to get there now,” defenseman Brendan Smith said on Saturday per the team website.
“You’re getting good tests right now. That’s why this is a fun time of the year. Because everybody is playing their best whether to up their game to get themselves ready or they’re trying to make the playoff push. We’ll have good competition. We’re trying to make sure we have the right mindset going in.”
The Panthers, again, had full participation in practice on Friday and are expected to roll out the same lineup they have used over the past few games.
Sergei Bobrovsky will be in net for Florida; the Devils will start Akira Schmid.
FLORIDA PANTHERS ON DECK
NEW JERSEY DEVILS AT FLORIDA PANTHERS
- When: Saturday, 6 p.m.
- Where: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise
- National TV: Bally Sports Florida
- Radio: WPOW 96.5-FM 2; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
- Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932
- DraftKings odds — Panthers favored: Money Line (-120); Puck line (-1.5, -+190); Over/Under 7 (+110/-130)
- Season Series (Tied 1-1): Panthers 4, Devils 2 (Dec. 17); Devils 4, Panthers 2 (Dec. 21)
- Last season: Florida won 2-1
- All-time regular season series: Devils lead 57-34-7, 7 ties
- Up Next for the Panthers: Monday at Detroit, 7 p.m.
PROJECTED FLORIDA PANTHERS LINEUP
27 Eetu Luostarinen // 16 Sasha Barkov // 10 Anthony Duclair
23 Carter Verhaeghe // 9 Sam Bennett // 19 Matthew Tkachuk
94 Ryan Lomberg // 15 Anton Lundell // 13 Sam Reinhart
21 Nick Cousins // 12 Eric Staal // 6 Colin White
42 Gus Forsling // 5 Aaron Ekblad
18 Marc Staal // 62 Brandon Montour
28 Josh Mahura // 7 Radko Gudas
72 Sergei Bobrovsky
29 Mack Guzda
Scratched: Casey Fitzgerald
Injured: Givani Smith (LTIR-face), Patric Hornqvist (LTIR-concussion)
PROJECTED NEW JERSEY DEVILS LINEUP
90 Tomas Tatar // 13 Nico Hischier // 91 Dawson Mercer
18 Ondrej Palat // 86 Jack Hughes // 63 Jesper Bratt
96 Timo Meier // 56 Erik Haula // 70 Jesper Boqvist
17 Yegor Sharangovich // 20 Michael McLeod // 42 Curtis Lazar
71 Jonas Siegenthaler // 7 Dougie Hamilton
33 Ryan Graves // 6 John Marino
2 Brendan Smith //28 Damon Severson
40 Akira Schmid
41 Vitek Vanecek
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