An early Sunday evening puck drop pits the Carolina Hurricanes against the Florida Panthers for the third time in nine days.
Florida Panthers (15-4-4, 34 points) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (16-6-1, 33 points)
Sunday, March 7, 5 p.m.
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5: Jake Gardiner has missed the Canes' last five games with an upper-body concern, but he practiced again with the team on Saturday. According to Brind'Amour, Gardiner "kind of gave us the thumbs up that he was 100 percent. He's an option for us tomorrow, probably game-time on that one."
Last five games: 3-0-2, 8 points
On the road: 8-1-1, 16 points
CAR vs. FLA: 2-0-1
Leading scorer: Jonathan Huberdeau, 28 points (10g, 18a) in 23 games
The Panthers are riding a five-game point streak (3-0-2) after consecutive victories in Nashville. Led by a hat trick from Noel Acciari, Florida completed its two-game sweep of the Predators with a 6-2 win on Saturday afternoon.
Injury: Mrazek (right thumb)
Taxi squad: Bean, Geekie, McCormick, Ryan
As noted above Gardiner seems to be recovered from is upper body injury but is a game time decision and we could see Bean-Fleury again. Reimer getting the start tonight.