Bobrovsky starts tonight against Kings, Ekblad and Montour could return tomorrow against Ducks

Sergei Bobrovsky will get his 13th start of the season tonight as the Florida Panthers enter Thursday’s road matchup against the Los Angeles Kings riding a five-game win streak.


Panthers coach Paul Maurice said today that the only lineup change would be in net, with Bobrovsky coming back in for Anthony Stolarz, who started Tuesday night in San Jose.


The Panthers (10-4-1)  are currently third in the Eastern Conference, second in the Atlantic Division. 


The Kings (8-3-3) are fifth in the Western Conference, third in the Pacific Division.


Tonight’s game will be the first half of a back-to-back against the Southern California teams for the Panthers — they’ll face the Ducks tomorrow night.


With the back-to-back, it would not be a surprise if Florida goes back to Anthony Stolarz on Friday in Anaheim. Stolarz spent the past four seasons with the Ducks organization before signing with Florida this offseason. 


Ekblad, Montour Update


Defensemen Brandon Montour and Aaron Ekblad are both on the California road-trip and have been skating with the team for over two weeks now. The pair haven’t played this season as they both were recovering from offseason surgery.


 While they aren’t in the lineup tonight, Montour and Ekblad are very close to returning and could potentially play tomorrow, per Maurice — which would be ahead of the mid-December timeline that was originally set out for them in the offseason.


“We’ll make a decision on whether they play tomorrow,”  Maurice said. “It’s that soon now.”

Projected Lines for tonight 


Rodrigues – Barkov – Reinhart

Verhaeghe – Bennett – Tkachuk 

Luostarinen – Lundell – Cousins

Lomberg – Stenlund – Lorentz



Forsling – Ekman-Larsson

Mikkola – Kulikov

Mahura – Balinskis





Panthers Notes

— Sam Reinhart is on a five-game multi-point streak — 12 points over that span. He’s sixth in NHL scoring with 23 points (12-11-23).


— Carter Verhaeghe has a three-game active goal streak. He has 7 goals on the season — scoring in four of the last five games.


Puck Drop

Panthers vs Kings @ Arena – Los Angeles, Calif.

10:30 et/7:30 pt

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