It appears as if the Florida Panthers’ top line of Sasha Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau and Evgenii Dadonov will be reunited for Saturday’s game against the Islanders.
When the Panthers opened training camp on July 13, coach Joel Quenneville had Barkov and Huberdeau — the team’s leading scorers the past two seasons — on different lines.
It was a continuation of the way Florida lined up for their final few regular season games. The separation lasted throughout training camp.
Barkov was centering the top line with Frank Vatrano and Dadonov; Huberdeau was on what fans called the ‘Triple-H Line’ with Erik Haula and Mike Hoffman.
On Wednesday, the Panthers took the ice in an exhibition against the Tampa Bay Lightning and, as it had been throughout camp, there was Barkov on one line, Huberdeau on another.
By the third period of an eventual 5-0 loss, however, the band was back together.
The best-of-5 Stanley Cup qualifying series is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.