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The Panthers will Finish Their Six-Game Road Trip Against the Hurricanes.

The Florida Panthers will fly into Raleigh to take on the Carolina Hurricanes in hopes to end their road trip on a high note. This is their first meeting this season. Last season, the Hurricanes won the three-game series with a 2-1-0 record over the Panthers.

Tale of the Tape

Florida (8-8-3)

Florida is coming off of a crushing by the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3. However, the Panthers still have something going for them with Mike Hoffman. He extended his franchise-record point streak to 17 games on Wednesday, and it is currently the longest in the NHL. In addition, he currently leads the Panthers in points with 20 and in goals with 10.

Additionally, look out for his linemate, Evgenii Dadonov. He is currently second in the team with 19 points. In addition, he has three points in his last five games.

Since his return from his conditioning stint in the AHL, Michael Haley has three points in his last two games. This is a huge success story for Haley after being assigned to the NHLPA assistance program for substance abuse.

After Roberto Luongo was pulled against the Lightning, James Reimer is expected to get the call.

Carolina (10-8-3)

The Hurricanes are coming off of a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. In this game, the Hurricanes set a new record for most shots on goal in a period in franchise history with 29. As a result, it is expected that the “Canes” are going to take a lot of shots on goal.

Sebastian Aho currently leads the team with 24 points and has six in his last five games. Additionally, he is second on the Hurricanes with seven goals. Look for him to get on the board.

After Curtis McElhinney made 30 saves on Wednesday, he is expected to get the call today.

Injuries/suspensions

Florida

Vincent Trocheck had surgery on Tuesday after his gruesome injury on Monday. As a result he is out indefinitely.

Derek Mackenzie is still recovering from shoulder surgery.

Jaime McGinn is still recovering from back surgery.

Carolina

Brett Pesce is out with a lower-body injury.

Petr Mrazek is out with a lower-body injury.

Projected Lineups

Florida

L1: Evgenii Dadonov-Aleksander Barkov-Mike Hoffman

L2: Johnathan Huberdeau-Jared McCann-Nick Bjugstad

L3: Dryden Hunt-Juho Lammikko-Frank Vatrano

L4: Troy Brouwer-Colton Scevior-Michael Haley

D1: Mike Matheson-Aaron Ekblad

D2: Keith Yandle-Alexander Petrovic

D3: Bogdan Kiselevich-Mackenzie Weegar

G1: James Reimer

G2: Roberto Luongo

Scratches: Denis Malgin

Carolina (according to Dailyfaceoff.com)

L1: Michael Ferland-Sebastian Aho-Teuvo Teravainen

L2: Brock McGinn-Jordan Stall-Justin Williams

L3: Jordan Martinook-Lucas Wallmark-Andrei Svechnikov

L4: Warren Foegele-Victor Rask-Phil Di Giuseppe

D1: Jacob Slavin-Dougie Hamilton

D2: Calvin De Hann-Justin Falk

D3: Hayden Fleury-Trevor Van Riemsdyk

G1: Curtis McElhinney

G2: Scott Darling

When: November 23 at 7:30 PM ET.

Where: PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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