After selecting Nathan MacKinnon, a natural center, in June with the draft's No. 1 pick, new Colorado bossman Patrick Roy said he intends to begin training camp with the youngster at center and move fourth-year forward Ryan O'Reilly from center to left wing.
Aaron Ekblad (neck) will miss the Panthers' next five games.
Laurent Brossoit is projected to start on Saturday.
Tuukka Rask is dealing with a lower-body injury.
Carolina will likely start Eddie Lack on Saturday.
Michal Neuvirth will probably play between the pipes on Saturday.
Kyle Okposo is expected to be back in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Brock Boeser has inked an entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks.
Adam Cracknell scored a hat trick in Friday's 6-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.
Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 2-1 OT win over the Detroit Red Wings.
John Tavares picked up a pair of assists in Friday's 4-3 shootout win over the Penguins.
Dustin Byfuglien won't play against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.