Player News - Panthers

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Aaron Ekblad is riding a five-game point streak.

He's picked up seven points during the streak. That's a pretty nice stretch for the Panthers blue liner, who now has 12 goals and 23 points in 54 games this season. Ekblad will look to prolong his hot streak on saturday night, as the Panthers take on the Flames.
Feb 17 - 9:50 AM

The plan is for Roberto Luongo (lower body) to start on Saturday, per Panthers coach Bob Boughner.

It would be Luongo's first start since Dec. 4. He's already been taken off the injured reserve list and served as the Panthers' backup goaltender on Wednesday, so it would be surprising if there are any last minute changes to the Panthers' plans.
Feb 16 - 12:40 PM

Henrik Haapala has been loaned to Finnish team Tappara of the Liiga.

Haapala had a clause in his contract that allowed him to return to Europe if he was not playing in the NHL, but he intends to return to the Panthers next season. He skated in just five games with Florida and earned one assist. Haapala also had three goals and eight points in 20 matches with Springfield of the AHL.
Feb 16 - 10:04 AM

Harri Sateri has been returned to the minors.

Florida has Roberto Luongo and James Reimer back from injury, so this isn't surprising. The move was announced shortly before the Panthers' game against Vancouver started Wednesday night.
Feb 15 - 11:58 AM

Jamie McGinn posted a power-play goal and a hit in Wednesday's 4-3 win at Vancouver.

McGinn has lit the lamp on the man advantage twice in the past four outings. Despite the recent success on the power play he is still only worth a look in the very deepest of fantasy pools at this point. The Panthers will look to carry over the momentum from their win into Saturday's road game against the Flames.
Feb 15 - 3:49 AM

Nick Bjugstad picked up the game-winning goal in Wednesday's 4-3 win at Vancouver and he also chipped in with an assist.

The Minnesota-born Bjugstad posted his first multi-point outing since Dec. 28, a span of 16 contests, and it was the first time he has lit the lamp since Dec. 19 in Arizona. Despite some erratic play of late, he is on pace to come close to the career-high 43 points he posted back during the 2014-15 campaign.
Feb 15 - 3:45 AM

Aleksander Barkov picked up a pair of assists in Wednesday's 4-3 victory at Vancouver.

Barkov stayed hot in the month of February, as he now has three goals with seven points in six outings in the month. Two of his points have come on the power play. He is having an outstanding season, notching his third consecutive 50-point campaign. The Finnish center is on pace for a 75-point campaign which would easily exceed the 59 points he posted during the 2015-16 season.
Feb 15 - 3:42 AM

Alex Petrovic posted a goal with a plus-1 rating and two blocked shots over 8:40 of ice time in Wednesday's 4-3 win at Vancouver.

Petrovic entered the game with just four assists over his first 42 games, so he isn't someone to target for fantasy purposes in any formats despite the goal on Wednesday. He needs to see more regular ice time and production before he is someone worthy of fantasy consideration.
Feb 15 - 3:38 AM

James Reimer allowed three goals on 37 shots in Wednesday's 4-3 win at Vancouver.

Reimer was staked to a 4-2 lead after the first period and the Florida netminder was able to hang on for the road victory. After the first 20 minutes he allowed just a power-play marker to All-Star Brock Boeser over the remaining 40 minutes. After a couple of days off Reimer will look for another win Saturday night in Calgary unless Roberto Luongo is ready to return.
Feb 15 - 3:35 AM

Ian McCoshen will be a healthy scratch in Wednesday's game against the Vancouver Canucks.

McCoshen has three goals and a minus-12 rating in 31 games this season. Connor Brickley and Maxim Mamin will also watch the game from the press box.
Feb 14 - 9:57 PM

James Reimer is expected to serve as Florida's starting goaltender Wednesday night.

Reimer got the win against Edmonton on Monday, but he surrendered five goals on 32 shots. He has a 3.10 GAA and .909 save percentage in 33 contests this season.
Feb 14 - 5:11 PM

Roberto Luongo (lower body) has been taken off the injured reserve list.

Luongo hasn't been able to play since Dec. 4. He'll be eased into the lineup by serving as James Reimer's backup Wednesday night.
Feb 14 - 5:09 PM

Radim Vrbata has been a healthy scratch for six straight games.

Vrbata hasn't played since Jan. 25, but he might be back in the lineup on Wednesday night against Vancouver. He skated on the third line during Tuesday's practice. Vrbata has recorded just five goals and 13 points in 35 games this year.
Feb 14 - 9:44 AM

It's possible that Roberto Luongo (lower body) will return to the fold on Wednesday.

Luongo was on the ice again for Tuesday's practice and coach Bob Boughner said it would be a "game-day decision tomorrow" if the veteran netminder is back in the lineup.
Feb 13 - 6:21 PM

Mike Matheson registered two assists with a minus-1 rating and two blocked shots in Monday's 7-5 victory at Edmonton.

Matheson has just 19 points overall this season, but he has picked up the pace lately. He has rolled up two goals with five points across the past six games. Still, he is only worth a look in the deepest of fantasy pools until further notice. He'll look to keep it going Wednesday in Vancouver.
Feb 13 - 1:44 AM

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