Player News - Panthers

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Aaron Ekblad assisted on Florida's only goal in their 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Ekblad helped set up Vincent Trocheck's first period goal. Ekblad also riffled a shot off the post at the end of the second period, which could have potentially tied the game at 2-2. The 18-year-old has five goals and 19 points in 31 games this season. Ekblad is having a phenomenal rookie season, but unfortunately Predators' forward Filip Forsberg has a firm grasp on the Calder trophy (top rookie).
Dec 21 - 11:33 AM

The Florida Panthers were not impressed with Pittsburgh's antics on Saturday night.

"They were throwing punches after whistles and went hard to the net, forcing us to protect our goalie," said Willie Mitchell, who got into one of Florida’s five fights in the first half of the game. "The linesmen would come in and their guys threw punches over the pile. We’re not going to take them in the face so we pushed back. Some guys over there get a long leash from the league." The two teams will meet again on Monday.
Dec 21 - 11:28 AM

Brad Boyes (upper body) returned to action on Saturday.

Boyes managed a shot on goal in 14:45 minutes of action. He has five goals and 14 points in 30 games. He has negligible fantasy value in shallow pools.
Dec 21 - 2:29 AM

Vincent Trocheck netted the only goal for the Panthers in their 3-1 loss to the Penguins on Saturday night.

Trocheck hadn't played in a week. He beat Marc-Andre Fleury on the power play at 7:31 of the first period. The 21-year-old certainly has some promise, but with three goals and 12 points on the year, he’s not quite ready to become a mainstay in fantasy lineups. Jonathan Huberdeau and Aaron Ekblad had the helpers.
Dec 20 - 10:44 PM

Roberto Luongo kicked away 31 shots in Florida’s 3-1 loss to the Penguins on Saturday night.

The loss snaps a personal three-game winning streak. Luongo gave up two goals in the first and one in the third, all of which came during even strength. He has a 2.28 goals-against average and .926 save percentage this season.
Dec 20 - 10:44 PM

Vincent Trocheck and Brad Boyes will return to Florida's lineup on Saturday night vs. the Penguins.

Of the two, only Trocheck is of much value right now. Through 20 games, he has two goals and 11 points, along with 35 hits and 93 faceoffs won.
Dec 20 - 7:30 PM

Jimmy Hayes and Brandon Pirri will sit Saturday night against the Penguins.

Of the two, only Hayes has any fantasy value. Through 23 games he has seven goals and 13 points, along with 48 hits.
Dec 20 - 7:27 PM

Confirming an earlier report, Roberto Luongo will get the nod Saturday night in Pittsburgh.

The Panthers come into tonight's game with a second Wild Card seed to defend. They hold the lead by one point over Boston, and two points over the Rangers and Ottawa. Luongo's track record against Pittsburgh isn't great, as it's been since a January 2010 start when Luongo has allowed fewer than three goals. A span of four starts.
Dec 20 - 5:38 PM

There is a very good chance that Vincent Trocheck will draw back into the Panthers' lineup Saturday night against the Penguins.

Trocheck, who was a healthy scratch for the Cats' last game Thursday against Philadelphia, is a Pittsburgh native and has 50 family and friends coming to Saturday night's game. It would be incredibily bad form on the part of coach Gerrard Gallant to sit him for this contest. Trocheck has also played well and has been one of the more effective rookies this season. We would play Trocheck Saturday as he surely will want to impress those who have come to see him.
Dec 20 - 10:17 AM

Brad Boyes, who missed his first game of the season Thursday with an upper-body injury, will be a game-time decision Saturday against the Penguins.

Boyes did participate in the Panthers' practice Friday so there is a chance he will be able to suit for Saturday evening's contest against Pittsburgh. We will try to update Boyes status closer to game time.
Dec 20 - 10:09 AM

Look for Roberto Luongo to get the start Saturday night against the Penguins.

He is 6-1-1 in his last eight starts and has a 2.24 GAA and .926 save percentage for the season. Luongo is also coming off an impressive 2-1 win over Philadelphia in which he stopped 25 shots.
Dec 20 - 10:01 AM

Brandon Pirri was back in the lineup on Thursday.

He was scratched for Tuesday's marathon shootout win over Washington, but he got to play in Thursday's shootout versus Philadelphia and he helped out with a goal in a 2-1 win. Pirri replaced injured forward Brad Boyes in the lineup. During regulation, he played alongside Aleksander Barkov and Sean Bergenheim. He hasn't earned a point in his past nine games.
Dec 19 - 9:01 AM

Roberto Luongo made 25 saves on 26 shots and another five in the shootout to lift Florida to a 2-1 win over the Flyers on Thursday night.

Luongo has won three straight games and allowed a total of four goals in that span. The 35-year-old has one regulation loss in his past eight games (6-1-1). Luongo is off to a solid start this year with a 12-6-6 record with a .926 save percentage and 2.24 goals against average.
Dec 18 - 10:50 PM

Scottie Upshall scored for the Panthers in the first period of their 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Upshall's fourth goal of the season gives him nine points through 19 games so far this year. The Fort McMurray, Alberta native fired six shots on net during the game.
Dec 18 - 10:39 PM

Brad Boyes will sit Thursday with an upper-body injury.

Brandon Pirri will play instead after he was scratched on Tuesday. Consider Boyes day-to-day for now.
Dec 18 - 6:51 PM

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