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Maple Leafs at Panthers preview

MAPLE LEAFS (29-15-2) at PANTHERS (17-20-8)

7 p.m. ET; FS-F, SNO, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Vincent Trocheck could play for the Florida Panthers against the Toronto Maple Leafs at BB&T Center on Friday.

The forward will be a game-time decision, according to Florida coach Bob Boughner. Trocheck took line rushes with Jonathan Huberdeau and Nick Bjugstad during morning skate. It would be Trocheck’s first game since fracturing his right ankle against the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 19.

The Panthers are looking to end a seven-game losing streak (0-5-2), their longest since going nine in a row without a win (0-5-4) from Oct. 22-Nov. 10, 2013.

The Maple Leafs won 4-2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.

 

Players to watch

Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner has scored a goal in four consecutive games.

Panthers forward Mike Hoffman has seven goals in the past 12 games.

 

They said it

“We talked about getting back on track and doing things right. It was great to see (in a 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday). You’ve got skill, but if you don’t work you don’t win anyways.” — Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock

“We just need one win. Seven games in a row, it’s tough for the confidence, and coming to the rink, it’s not as fun. We’ve just got to get the first win.” — Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau

 

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Andreas JohnssonJohn Tavares — Mitchell Marner

Zach HymanAuston MatthewsWilliam Nylander

Patrick MarleauNazem KadriKasperi Kapanen

Par LindholmFrederik GauthierConnor Brown

Morgan RiellyRon Hainsey

Jake GardinerNikita Zaitsev

Travis DermottIgor Ozhiganov

Garret Sparks

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Justin Holl, Martin Marincin

Injured: None

 

Panthers projected lineup

Frank VatranoAleksander BarkovEvgenii Dadonov

Jonathan Huberdeau — Vincent Trocheck — Nick Bjugstad

Mike Hoffman — Henrik BorgstromDenis Malgin

Colton SceviourJared McCannJayce Hawryluk

Keith YandleAaron Ekblad

Mike MathesonMark Pysyk

Ian McCoshenJosh Brown

Roberto Luongo

James Reimer

Scratched: Micheal Haley, Juho Lammikko, Bogdan Kiselevich

Injured: MacKenzie Weegar (concussion protocol), Derek MacKenzie (shoulder), Jamie McGinn (back)

 

Status report

The Maple Leafs did not have a morning skate. … Josh Brown will make his NHL debut after being recalled from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Thursday. … Weegar will not play Friday or against the Nashville Predators on Saturday. He was injured on a hit by Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron on Tuesday; Byron was suspended three games by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

 

Stat pack

Kadri has 24 points (nine goals, 15 points) in 26 games against the Panthers, his most against any opponent. … Florida is 2-for-21 (9.5 percent) on the power play in its past eight games after going 8-for-21 (38.1 percent) in its previous seven games.

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