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Minus Barkov, Panthers need to bounce back against the Blackhawks



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Chicago Blackhawks center Carl Soderberg celebrates after scoring against the Florida Panthers in an eventual 3-2 win Tuesday at United Center in Chicago. // Photo by Robin Alam (Icon Sportswire)

On Wednesday, Joel Quenneville said he did not think the lower body injury sustained by Sasha Barkov was a big deal. Still, the Panthers captain is not going to play Thursday in Chicago against the Blackhawks.

“He’s better today,” Quenneville said Wednesday afternoon, “but he won’t play tomorrow. We will see how he progresses over the next couple of days.”

Barkov was a surprise scratch Tuesday night after he left warmups early with a yet-undisclosed lower-body injury.

Anyone wondering who was the Panthers most valuable player probably moved over to the Barkov side of the ledger after watching his team founder in the first period-plus without him.

Without Barkov, the Panthers were not very good.

At least early on.

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