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About the Panthers - 02-26-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Panthers.

When and where: 7:30 p.m. EST. BB&T Center.

TV: Root Sports, Fox Sports Florida.

Record: 5-9-4, 14 points. The Panthers are in 13 place in the Eastern Conference and fourth place in the Southeast Division

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

Last Game: 4-1 home loss to the Bruins, Sunday. Jacob Markstrom made 28 saves for the Panthers.

Last Game against the Penguins: 3-1 road loss, Friday. Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves for the Penguins

Panthers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Erik Gudbranson (right). Because why not?

Ex-Penguins on the Panthers: Alex Kovalev, RW; Peter Mahovlich, 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: Kovalev is one of two former Penguins to wear No. 27 for the Panthers. The other is defenseman Noah Welch.

Best Panthers Video We Could Find: Mario Lemieux faking a punch against Panthers forward Brian Skrudland:

Probable goaltenders: Tomas Vokoun (3-3-0, 2.87 GAA, .899 SV%) for the Penguins. Jose Theodore (4-6-2, 3.37 GAA, .893 SV%) for the Panthers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Evgeni Malkin (concussion) is on injured reserve. For the Panthers, defenseman Filip Kuba ("upper body") is day to day. Defensemen Ed Jovanovski ("lower body"), Michael Caruso ("upper body"), left winger Scottie Upshall ("lower body") and right winger Kris Versteeg ("upper 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 (PG+):

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby -18 James Neal
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 9 Pascal Dupuis
19 Beau Bennett - 15 - Dustin Jeffrey - 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 - Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

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

-The Panthers' primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

11 Jonathan Huberdeau - 15 Drew Shore - 88 Peter Mueller
18 Shawn Matthias - 75 Scott TImmins - 82 Tomas Kopecky
14 Tomas Fleischmann - 57 Marcel Goc - 13 Mike Santorelli
12 Jack Skille - 25 Jerred Smithson - 22 George Parros

43 Mike Weaver - 51 Brian Campbell
23 Tyson Strachan - 47 Colby Robak
7 Dmitry Kulikov - 44 Erik Gudbranson

Notes:

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


-Panthers center Stephen Weiss will not play tonight due to a family death. To replace him, Florida recalled center Scott Timmins from San Antonio of the AHL.

-Don't expect Mark Eaton to play tonight ... or anytime in the immediate future. (PG+)

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

-Vokoun had 49 career shutouts.

-The Penguins' power play has scored in 11 consecutive games.

-Theodore has dominated the Penguins in his career. In 29 games, he has a 20-5-4 record with a 2.31 goals against average, .919 save percentage and four shutouts.

-Kovalev has 599 career assists in his career.

-Fleischmann has 99 career goals in his career.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 7:25 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

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