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About the Panthers - 04-13-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Panthers.

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

TV: Root Sports, Sun Sports.

Record: 13-21-6, 32 points. The Panthers are in last place in the Eastern Conference and in the Southeast Division

Leading Scorer: Tomas Fleischmann (right), 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists).

Last Game: 7-2 road loss to the Jets, Thursday. T.J. Brennan and Fleischmann each had a goal and an assist for the Panthers.

Last Game against the Penguins: 6-4 home win, Feb. 26. Chris Kunitz and James Neal each had a goal and an assist for the Penguins

Panthers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Fleischmann. He enters the game on a seven-game scoring streak.

Ex-Penguins on the Panthers: 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: Panthers right winger George Parros, a native of Washington, Pa., has 1,002 career penalty minutes, most among any Pennsylvania-born players. Former Penguins right winger Jay Caufield, a native of Philadelphia, has the second most with 759.

Best Panthers Video We Could Find: Tanner Glass, then of the Panthers, fightning former Flames center Mark Smith in the 2007-08 season

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (20-6-0, 2.31 GAA, .917 SV%) for the Penguins. Jacob Markstrom (6-9-1, 2.99 GAA, .910 SV%) for the Lightning.

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Sidney Crosby (mouth) and left winger James Neal (concussion) are out. Defenseman Paul Martin (hand) is on injured reserve. For the Panthers, defenseman Mike Weaver (knee) is probable. Defenseman Ed Jovanovski (knee), left winger Eric Selleck (concussion), goaltender Jose Theodore ("lower body"), right winger Krys Versteeg (knee) and center Stephen Weiss (wrist) are on injured reserve. Left winger Sean Bergenheim is on the non-roster list after suffering a groin injury during the lockout.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins's lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were: (PG+)

14 Chris Kunitz - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 9 Pascal Dupuis
10 Brenden Morrow - 36 Jussi Jokinen - 12 Jarome Iginla
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy
15 Tanner Glass - 27 Craig Adams - 19 Beau Bennett

58 Kris Letang - 44 Brooks Orpik
3 Douglas Murray - 2 Matt Niskanen
4 Mark Eaton - 5 Deryk Engelland

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

11 Jonathan Huberdeau - 15 Drew Shore - 88 Peter Mueller
14 Tomas Fleischmann - 57 Marcel Goc - 82 Tomas Kopecky
19 Scottie Upshall - 27 Nick Bjugstad - 12 Jack Skille
22 George Parros - 18 Shawn Matthias - 42 Quinton Howden/37 Greg Rallo

51 Brian Campbell - 43 Mike Weaver
7 Dmitry Kulikov - 3 T.J. Brennan
17 Filip Kuba - 44 Erik Gudbranson

Notes:

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

-Fleury has 149 career losses.

-Iginla has 1,099 career points.

-Kunitz has 298 career points.

-Weaver is expected to return to the lineup after missing 20 games due to a knee injury.

-Mueller is expected to play unless his wife goes into labor.

-Skille has 48 career points.

-Our live blog, direct from our couch, beings at approximately 6:45 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

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