About the Panthers - 02-22-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Panthers.

When and where: 7 p.m. EST. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root, Fox Sports Florida, RDS2.

Record: 5-7-4, 14 points. The Panthers are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and fourth place in the Southeast Division

Leading Scorer: Jonathan Huberdeau (right), 13 points (8 goals, 5 assists).

Last Game: 5-2 road win against the Flyers, last night. Huberdeau had two goals and two assists for the Panthers.

Last Game against the Penguins: 2-1 road shootout loss, March 9, 2012. Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves for the Penguins

Panthers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Huberdeau. He has a hot hand when it comes to games in Pennsylvania.

Ex-Penguins on the Panthers: Alex Kovalev, RW; Peter Mahavolich, pro scout; Dale Tallon, general manager.

Ex-Panthers on the Penguins: Tom Fitzgerald, assistant to the general manager; Tanner Glass, RW; Tomas Vokoun, G; Randy Sexton, assistant director of amateur scouting.

Useless Panthers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Current Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun is one of three goaltenders to represent the Panthers in an all-star game. The others are Roberto Luongo and John Vanbiesbrouck.

Best Panthers Video We Could Find: Vokoun, while as a member of the Panthers, getting smacked in the head by teammate Keith Ballard after allowing a goal:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (8-3-0, 2.34 GAA, .914 SV%) for the Penguins. Jacob Markstrom (2-4-1, 2.66 GAA, .923 SV% in 2011-12) for the Panthers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, they are reporting no injuries. For the Panthers, right winger Kris Versteeg ("upper body") is out. Defensemen Ed Jovanovski ("lower body"), Michael Caruso ("upper body") and left winger Scottie Upshall ("lower body") are on injured reserve. Left winger Sean Bergenheim is suspended by the team for suffering a "lower body" injury during the lockout.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins primary lines and defensive pairing at today's morning skate:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
24 Matt Cooke - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
19 Beau Bennett - 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 Tanner Glass - 15 Dustin Jeffrey - 27 Craig Adams

2 Matt Niskanen - 58 Kris Letang
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
47 Simond Despres - 5 Deryk Engelland

-The Panthers held an optional skate today. Their primary lines and defensive pairings against the Flyers last night were:

14 Tomas Fleischmann - 9 Stephen Weiss - 82 Tomas Kopecky
11 Jonathan Huberdeau - 15 Drew Shore - 88 Peter Mueller
12 Jack Skille - 57 Marcel Goc - 18 Shawn Matthias
13 Mike Santorelli - 25 Jared Smithson - 22 George Parros

43 Mike Weaver - 51 Brian Campbell
23 Tyson Strachan - 17 Filip Kuba
7 Dmitry Kulikov - 44 Erik Gudbranson


 -The last time the Penguins played the Panthers, this happened:

-Sidney Crosby has 634 career points and is three short of surpassing right winger Rick Kehoe (636) for third most in franchise history.

-Fleury has 22 career shutouts. He needs one more to surpass goaltender Tom Barrasso for most in franchise history.

-Goaltender Tomas Vokoun had 49 career shutouts.

-Cooke has 198 career assists.

-The Penguins' power play has scored in nine consecutive games.

-Fleischmann has 99 career goals.

-Kovalev has 599 career assists.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

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