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Florida Panthers Visit Tampa Bay Lightning: Starting Lineups And Injury Report

Tonight Florida has a chance to make it three in a row, a feat they have been unable to accomplish since dispatching the San Jose Sharks, the Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins near the beginning of December. Meanwhile the Lightning look to gain the .500 plateau, a mark that has eluded them since a three game home winning streak culminating in a New Years Eve victory against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Florida Panthers:


Ed Jovanovski will miss two months with hand surgery rehab. Scottie Upshall had sports hernia surgery on February 2 and is expected back near the middle of March. Jacob Markstrom had knee surgery and may be back next month. Dmitry Kulikov had knee surgery on Jan. 23 and is also out until March. Jack Skille has missed the past two games with his shoulder problem and may be back in the lineup next week. Marco Sturm, recently returned from a concussion, is back on the IR with a lower body injury.

Starting Lineup:


Tomas Fleischmann - Stephen Weiss - Kris Versteeg

Sean Bergenheim - Marcel Goc - Mikael Samuelsson

Mike Santorelli - Shawn Matthias - Tomas Kopecky

Matt Bradley - John Madden - Krys Barch


Brian Campbell - Erik Gudbranson

Mike Weaver - Jason Garrison

Tyson Strachan - Keaton Ellerby


Scott Clemmensen (8-2-5) is listed as first on the depth chart, but played last night. Brian Foster may get the start, but there is no word either way.

Tampa Bay Lightning:


Mattias Ohlund underwent arthroscopic surgery on both his knees early in the season, and isn't expected to play this year. Adam Hall hurt his arm in a fight with Ottawa's Matt Carkner about one month ago. He may return in two to four weeks. Marc-Andre Bergeron is out with an upper body injury since being scratched on Jan. 13 in Washington. Dana Tyrell tore his right ACL and is expected to return at the start of training camp in September. Ryan Malone is day to day with an upper body injury

Starting Lineup:


Steve Downie - Steven Stamkos - Teddy Purcell

Tom Pyatt - Vincent LeCavalier - Martin St. Louis

Nate Thompson - Dominic Moore - J.T. Wyman

Brett Connolly - Matt Gilroy - Ryan Shannon


Eric Brewer - Pavel Kubina

Victor Hedman - Brett Clark

Bruno Gervais - Brendan Mikkelson


Mathieu Garon will get the start tonight.

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