The Florida Panthers will be playing their final home game Saturday night before taking off on a long sojourn and will be playing host to a Blues team which certainly needs a win.
This is the final game in a three-game trip for St. Louis, one in which it has been outscored 11-4 by Buffalo and Tampa Bay.
Those two losses came after a seven-game winning streak.
The Panthers know they are getting a dangerous St. Louis team.
Florida will have Spencer Knight back in net after he had a 37-save win over the Bruins on Wednesday but may be missing captain Sasha Barkov.
Barkov missed practice on Friday morning due to what coach Paul Maurice said was lingering affects of the illness which forced him to miss Florida’s game against the Dallas Stars last week.
Maurice said Barkov would be a “game-time decision.’’
The Blues are coming off a 5-2 loss to the Lightning on Friday night, a game in which they fell behind 3-0 before making it a game.
Florida would certainly like to send the Blues back to Missouri riding a three-game road losing streak.
The Panthers are scheduled to practice at the arena on Sunday morning before flying to Edmonton. Florida plays the Oilers on Monday night and visits Calgary on Saturday.
Florida will welcome back Noel Acciari who spent three seasons with the Panthers before leaving as a free agent and signing with the Blues.
Thomas Greiss will be in net for St. Louis.
PANTHERS ON DECK
ST. LOUIS BLUES AT FLORIDA PANTHERS
- When: Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
- Where: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise
- TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida, ESPN+
- Radio: WPOW 96.5-FM2; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
- Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932
- DraftKings odds — Florida favored: Money Line (-205); Puck line (-1.5, +130); Over/Under 6.5 (-115/-105)
- Last season: Split 1-1
- All-time regular season series: St. Louis leads 24-12-1, 3 ties
PROJECTED FLORIDA PANTHERS LINEUP
23 Carter Verhaeghe // 16 Sasha Barkov // 6 Colin White
27 Eetu Luostarinen // 9 Sam Bennett // 13 Matthew Tkachuk
21 Nick Cousins // 15 Anton Lundell // 13 Sam Reinhart
94 Ryan Lomberg // 12 Eric Staal // 70 Patric Hornqvist
42 Gus Forsling // 5 Aaron Ekblad
62 Brandon Montour // 18 Marc Staal
28 Josh Mahura // 7 Radko Gudas
30 Spencer Knight
72 Sergei Bobrovsky
Injured: Anthony Duclair (LTIR-Achilles)
PROJECTED ST. LOUIS BLUES LINEUP
89 Pavel Buchnevich // 18 Robert Thomas // 25 Jordan Kyrou
20 Brandon Saad // 90 Ryan O’Reilly // 91 Vladimir Tarasenko
49 Ivan Barbashev // 10 Brayden Schenn // 52 Noel Acciari
65 Alexei Toropchenko // 59 Nikita Alexandrov // 9 Tyler Pitlick
4 Nick Leddy // 55 Colton Parayko
47 Torey Krug // 72 Justin Faulk
77 Niko Mikkola // 41 Robert Bortuzzo
1 Thomas Greiss
50 Jordan Binnington