Player News - Panthers

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Scottie Upshall sat as a healthy scratch on Thursday.

He has been scratched a couple of times this year and he's missed 11 games due to injury. Upshall has picked up five goals and 11 points in 33 games.
Jan 30 - 9:16 AM

Jonathan Huberdeau netted his ninth goal in Thursday's 3-2 win over Columbus.

That matches his total from the 2013-14 season. Huberdeau scored 14 times during his rookie campaign and he appears to be getting back on track. He has generated six goals and seven assists in his past 14 contests.
Jan 30 - 9:11 AM

Aleksander Barkov earned an assist Thursday on a goal by Jonathan Huberdeau to continue his hot streak.

The second overall pick in the 2013 draft has three goals and 10 points in his last 10 games. Barkov has been much better in the second half and now he's recorded 15 points in 35 contests this season.
Jan 30 - 9:05 AM

Roberto Luongo made 31 saves to stymie the Blue Jackets on Thursday night, helping the Panthers win 3-2.

It snapped a five-game losing slump for the veteran star, who improves to 18-11-8 this season with a .920 save percentage and 2.42 goals against average. The Panthers will try to take their success on the road this weekend as they play all three New York area teams in the coming days.
Jan 30 - 1:39 AM

Aaron Ekblad scored his seventh goal of the year in Florida's 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

The rookie has three assists since his All Star debut, good for 28 points in 46 games so far this season. Ekblad has a +6 rating with 18 penalty minutes, and is showing signs of being a fantasy juggernaut in the not-too-distant future.
Jan 30 - 1:30 AM

Sean Bergenheim scored the game winning goal in the third period as Florida beat Columbus 3-2 on Thursday night.

Bergenheim scored with 6:52 left in the third period and the Florida Panthers snapped a five-game losing skid. The 30-year-old Finn has 17 points in 35 games this season.
Jan 30 - 1:27 AM

Tomas Fleischmann is a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against Columbus.

Fleischmann has now been scratched in back-to-back games. Scottie Upshall and Dylan Olsen will join Fleischmann in the press box.
Jan 29 - 7:41 PM

Roberto Luongo will get the start against Columbus on Thursday night.

Luongo is winless in his last five starts (0-4-1), and he is coming off a horrible performance against Detroit in which he allowed five goals on 17 shots. The Panthers' goaltender has a 17-11-8 record with to go along with 2.43 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage.
Jan 29 - 5:28 PM

Dylan Olsen has been waived by Florida.

The 6-foot-2, 223-pound defender could attract some interest from other clubs. Olsen has eight points, 77 hits and 52 blocks in 44 games for the Panthers this year.
Jan 29 - 5:25 PM

Shawn Thornton (groin) is expected to return to the lineup on Thursday.

"It's been a while so I'm excited," Thornton said. "Jimmy [Hayes] told me today to settle things down a little. I was a little too jumpy. I have eight weeks of energy going." He hasn't played since Dec. 6 because of a groin injury
Jan 29 - 10:45 AM

Alex Petrovic has been called up by the Florida Panthers.

That gives the Panthers seven healthy defensemen. He has 19 points and 57 penalty minutes in 39 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Jan 28 - 4:52 PM

Nick Bjugstad notched a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Detroit.

He scored his 16th goal of the season to match his total from a year ago and he has 29 points in 45 games in 2014-15. Bjugstad amassed eight shots on goal versus the Red Wings to help him snap a seven-game goalless slump.
Jan 28 - 9:43 AM

Aaron Ekblad earned a pair of assists in a 5-4 loss to Detroit on Tuesday.

That gives him a total of 21 on the year. The rookie defender sits second on the Panthers in scoring with 27 points in 45 games. Ekblad is also third among first-year players in scoring.
Jan 28 - 9:37 AM

Florida featured new power-play combinations in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Detroit and they seemed to work.

Both units featured four forwards and one defenseman and the Panthers scored three times on five opportunities in the contest. Aleksander Barkov, Brandon Pirri and Nick Bjugstad scored with the man advantage to give Florida's struggling power play a boost. The Cats jumped from 29th in the league to 27th thanks to Tuesday's success.

Aleksander Barkov was dominant on Tuesday despite the fact his team suffered a 5-4 loss at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings.

Barkov registered a goal and two assists in the losing effort and has now amassed nine points in his last nine games, making his rough start seem like ancient history. Nick Bjugstad also contributed a goal and an assist in the loss while Brandon Pirri and Brad Boyes tallied as well.
Jan 28 - 1:08 AM

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