The Panthers have beat the hurricanes twice this year, both times in Raleigh. October 13th saw a 4-1 win which saw Bjugstad, Brickley, Barkov and Jokinen scoring. Then Roberto stood on his head to give us a 2-0 win in win number 3 of the 12 game winning streak on December 18th Mitchell and Smith scored in that game.
Derek MacKenzie will play tonight as well as Garrett Wilson. D-Mac missed Thursday’s loss in Ottawa with a sore foot. According to Gallant , MacKenzie was taken out of the lineup as a precaution. Mike Matheson will play in his 3rd NHL Game after being recalled to take the injured Steven Kampfer’s place in the lineup. Gallant said Kampfer is questionable for the start of the playoffs but Erik Gudbranson is ready. Tonight’s goalies are former Canuck pals Roberto Luongo and Eddie Lack. Carolina in it’s past 10 games away from the PNC Arena (their home arena) are 4-1-5. That’s a lot of Overtime Losses.
This is the final game of the regular season for both teams.
CAROLINA (35-30-16) @ FLORIDA (46-26-9)
TV: FSF, SUN Sports
Radio: 560 WQAM, 640 WMEN, 97.7 WAVK, 1370 WAXE
Joakim Nordstrom- Jordan Stall- Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner- Victor Rask- Chris Terry
Nathan Gerbe- Riley Nash- Brad Malone
Brendan Woods- Jay McClement- Ryan Murphy
Jaccob Slavin- Justin Falk
Noah Hanifin- Brett Pesce
Ron Hainsey- Michal Jordan
Injured: Derek Ryan (upper body), Phil Di Giuseppe (upper body), Andrej Nestrasil (upper body)
Jonathan Huberdeau- Aleksander Barkov- Jaromir Jagr
Jussi Jokinen- Nick Bjugstad- Reilly Smith
Jiri Hudler- Rocco Grimaldi- Teddy Purcell
Garrett Wilson- Derek MacKenzie- Shawn Thornton
Brian Campbell- Aaron Ekblad
Jakub Kindl- Dimitry Kulikov
Michael Matheson- Alex Petrovic
Injured: Vincent Trocheck (foot), Dave Bolland (lower body), Willie Mitchell (concussion), Erik Gudbranson (upper body), Steven Kampfer (lower body)
Scratched: Quinton Howden, Greg McKegg