Florida Panthers Player News: All Positions

News: Matheson (lower body) won't play Saturday against Los Angeles, NHL.com reports.
Impact: Matheson will miss a second straight game Saturday, but his injury isn't believed to be overly serious, so he could be ready to return as soon as Monday against Colorado. Once healthy, the 24-year-old blueliner will likely bounce Ian McCoshen from the lineup.
News: The Sharks traded Praplan to the Panthers in exchange for future considerations Friday.
Impact: Praplan has played pretty well during his first AHL campaign, notching four goals and 16 points in 27 appearances with San Jose. The 24-year-old is a late bloomer, and he probably will never develop into a sought after fantasy asset, but he could ultimately become a solid bottom-six option for Florida.
News: Huberdeau produced a goal and an assist -- both on the power play -- in Thursday's 4-3 loss to Carolina.
Impact: Huberdeau scored Florida's third goal in a 4:15 span to give his team a 3-2 lead in the second period, but the hosts were unable to make the lead hold up. It took him until Feb. 19 to record his first multi-point effort of the 2019 calendar year, but Huberdeau now has two in a row, with three goals and two assists over this pair of games. His three shots on goal in this one give Huberdeau 31 over the past seven games.
News: Dadonov produced a goal and a power-play assist in Thursday's 4-3 loss to Carolina.
Impact: Dadonov has a four-game point streak going, though this was his first multi-point outing of the stretch and just his second since Dec. 18. Despite the lack of gaudy single-game performances, Dadonov's putting together a solid campaign with 21 goals and 47 points through 59 games played.
News: Barkov recorded a goal and an assist -- both on the power play -- in Thursday's 4-3 loss to Carolina.
Impact: That's three consecutive multi-point games for Barkov, who has five goals and four assists over this dominant stretch. His contributions weren't enough to pull out the win in this one, however, as Carolina scored a pair of unanswered power-play goals in the third period to answer Florida's pair of power-play tallies from the second.
News: Reimer turned aside just 21 of 25 shots in Thursday's 4-3 loss to Carolina.
Impact: Three goals in a 4:15 stretch gave the Panthers a 3-2 lead entering the third period, but Reimer promptly coughed up a pair of power-play goals in the first 2:15 of the final frame to come away with the loss. This poor performance stunts the momentum Reimer had built up with wins in each of his previous three starts.
News: McGinn (undisclosed) is listed as a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Hurricanes, per Alain Poupart of NHL.com.
Impact: McGinn missed Tuesday's contest against the Sabres, but even with trade rumors running rampant, we can't safely assume that the winger will be on the move. However, McGinn does qualify as a journeyman, with the 30-year-old splitting service time between six NHL clubs since the Sharks took him in the second round (36th overall) of the 2006 draft. McGinn's next appearance will be the 600th of his career.
News: Matheson (lower body) isn't in the projected lineup for Thursday's game against the Hurricanes, Alain Poupart of NHL.com reports, adding that the defenseman is day-to-day.
Impact: It seems like Saturday's game against the Kings is a more realistic target date for Matheson's return. Ian McCoshen should hold down the fort at left defense in the meantime.
News: Reimer will patrol the blue paint in Thursday's home game against the Hurricanes, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Panthers are riding the hot hand, as Reimer has won three straight games, and you'd have to go all the way back to Jan. 15 to see the last time he allowed more than three goals in a single contest. Reimer will be challenged by a Hurricanes team that ranks No. 1 overall in shots on goal (35.4 per game), though only 11 clubs have had a tougher time putting the puck in the net than Carolina this season.
News: The Panthers will entertain trade offers for Hoffman, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Impact: The Senators dealt Hoffman to the Sharks in June, only for Team Teal to reroute him to the Panthers in a deal that involved four draft picks. Hoffman has proven that he can be an effective offensive producer wherever he plays, but with 26 goals and 23 helpers through 58 games, the 29-year-old is actually performing at a career-best rate with Florida. Hoffman has one year remaining on a contract valued at $5.187 million annually before he'll be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
News: Weegar (undisclosed) was activated off injured reserve Wednesday, per the NHL's official media site.
Impact: Weegar has missed the last seven games with an undisclosed injury, and was finally activated off IR. The 25-year-old is hardly a fantasy asset this campaign, racking up seven points in 44 games. It's unclear whether Weegar will suit up in Thursday's home game against Carolina.
News: Ekblad skated a game-high 25:25 in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Sabres.
Impact: With an early injury to Mike Matheson (lower body), Ekblad's ice time took a bump in the contest. Ekblad also ended the night a plus-3 for his efforts, the first time he's ended a game with that high of a mark all season. Although he's gone pointless in five games, Ekblad and the Panthers have been playing well, winning three straight.
News: Brouwer threw six hits during a 4-2 win over Buffalo on Tuesday.
Impact: The output tied a season-high that Brouwer set on Feb. 10th, and also extended his team lead in points with a total of 110. The veteran winger has only one point in his last 20 games but still attempts to impact the game in other ways in his spot on the fourth line.
News: Vatrano picked up two assists during Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Sabres.
Impact: With a career scoring ratio of 45 goals to 27 assists, Vatrano is used to being on the opposite end of the scoring equation than he was on Tuesday. It is only the fourth time in his career that Vatrano tallied more than one assist in a game. He filled up the scoresheet during the win, also tallying two penalty minutes, two shots on goal, four hits, three blocks and ended the night a plus-3.
News: Hawryluk recorded a goal after a puck bounced off his body during Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Sabres.
Impact: An initial shot by Vincent Trocheck went off the crossbar and into the midsection of Hawryluk before finding the back of the net. The lucky bounce gave him his first point in six games. Hawryluk hasn't had a lot of opportunities to add to his point total, as he has averaged only 8:20 of ice time during 22 games this season.
News: Barkov generated a goal and two assists to complement a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Sabres.
Impact: Barkov has compiled four goals and three assists over the past two contests. The Finn is lagging behind defensively based on his career-worst minus-16 rating, but fantasy owners will gladly accept the tradeoff of Barkov averaging more points (60) than games played (58) this season.
News: Reimer held the Sabres to two goals on 34 shots Tuesday, earning a 4-2 win.
Impact: Reimer's now won three in a row in the past six days and hasn't given up more than three goals in any of those three contests. Outside of an awful Feb. 10 against Tampa Bay, he's played very well on this lengthy Florida homestand.
News: Huberdeau scored a goal and had two assists in a 4-2 win over Buffalo on Tuesday.
Impact: Huberdeau is plus-5 in his past two contests, a welcome change for a player who's minus-21 on the year. He produces just under a point per game as it is, so if he can contribute plus/minus help as well, he'll only make himself more valuable to both the Panthers and his owners.
News: Matheson won't return to Tuesday's game versus the Sabres due to a lower-body injury.
Impact: Matheson played just 6:09 before leaving in the first period and being deemed unable to return. The 24-year-old has 20 points this year but an ugly minus-23 rating through 55 games. If he's unable to go for Thursday's game versus the Hurricanes, expect Bogdan Kiselevich to enter the lineup.
News: Haley was sent to waivers by the Panthers on Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Haley had been in and out of the lineup for Florida, suiting up in just seven games since the new year. The 32-year-old will likely head to the AHL unless he's claimed by another big-league club.
News: Luongo (personal) has returned to the Panthers, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Luongo will likely serve as the backup to James Reimer during Tuesday's game against the Sabres after tending to a family death. A corresponding move seems highly likely, which should involve Samuel Montemeault returning to AHL Springfield. Now that he's back with the club, Luongo should move back into a timeshare with Reimer.
News: McGinn (undisclosed) won't be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Sabres, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: The Panthers are probably just playing it safe with McGinn, who made his season debut Feb. 12 against the Stars after being sidelined for several months due to a back injury. The 30-year-old veteran will be a solid bottom-six option for Florida once he gets back into playing shape, but he likely won't have much fantasy value down the stretch.
News: Reimer will tend the twine for Tuesday's home tilt versus Buffalo, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: With Roberto Luongo away from the team for personal reasons, Reimer figures to see the bulk of the starts until the veteran returns. Looking ahead to the rest of the season, the two tenders will likely split the workload even as a playoff spot appears to be slipping away.
News: Yandle collected two assists during a 6-3 victory over the Canadiens on Sunday.
Impact: Yandle's point total now stands at 45 points through 57 games. The 13-season veteran has only hit the 50-point mark three times in his career and is poised to get over that threshold again this season. Assuming he does, it will be the first time in his career that Yandle has put up back-to-back 50-point campaigns.
News: Vatrano hit 20 goals on the season after finding the back of the net during Sunday's 6-3 win over Montreal.
Impact: Spending time on the first line has done wonders for Vatrano's scoring, as he has set a career high in goals (20), assists (11) and points (31). Vatrano has shown great chemistry with Aleksander Barkov, meaning nothing but good things for his future with the Panthers.
News: Borgstrom picked up an assist during Sunday's 6-3 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: After sitting as a healthy scratch during a the team's Feb. 9 game, Borgstrom was relegated to a fourth-line center role for the past three contests. During Sunday's game, he joined Denis Malgin and Derick Brassard on the third line and picked up his first point in five games. He now has nine points in 26 games.
News: Malgin scored his seventh goal of the season during a 6-3 victory over the Canadiens on Sunday.
Impact: The goal came off a shot near the blue line as the puck deflected off Canadiens defenseman Victor Mete's stick and floated over the shoulder of Antti Niemi. It was a lucky goal, but Malgin will take any points he can get during a season that has seen him spend more than a few games in the press box. He now has 14 points in 43 games.
News: Brassard tallied an assist during Sunday's 6-3 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: Even though Brassard has been skating on the Panthers' third line, he has still managed to find his way on the scoresheet with four points in his eight games with the team. The Cats have struggled to get offense out of their bottom six all season, and the additions of Brassard and Riley Sheahan have moved them in the right direction. However, we still expect both Brassard and Sheahan to have new homes before the trade deadline passes.
News: Sheahan picked up his first goal as a Panther during a 6-3 win over the Canadiens on Sunday.
Impact: After a sluggish start to the season with the Penguins, a trade to Southern Florida seems to have given a breath of fresh air to Sheahan. He has four points in his eight games with the Cats, giving the team offensive depth it desperately needed.
News: Huberdeau picked up an assist during Sunday's 6-3 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: That point gives Huberdeau 53 points in 57 games, although he has only three points in his last eight games. He also ended the night a plus-2, only the fourth time this season he has managed to be above a plus-1.
News: Hoffman picked up a pair of assists in Sunday's 6-3 win over Montreal.
Impact: Hoffman has posted back-to-back two-point games and is up to 49 points through 57 games in 2018-19. He picked up a secondary assist on Aleksander Barkov's power-play to open the scoring Sunday, before adding another helper late in the game on an empty-net goal.
News: Barkov scored three goals and also picked up an assist in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: Barkov got things started with a power-play goal on a scramble rebound in front of the Montreal net. Then with the game tied 3-3 late in the second period, the Panthers' center scored a goal-of-the-year candidate, beating Carey Price with a between-the-legs shot on a breakaway. Barkov would wrap up the hat trick in the final frame and now has 57 points through 57 games in 2018-19. The forward recorded a game-high seven shots on target in the win.
News: Reimer stopped 28 of 31 shots in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Canadiens.
Impact: Florida helped its goaltender by jumping out to 2-0 and 3-1 leads in the opening period but afforded the Habs enough opportunities whereby they were able to tie the game early in the second period. Aleksandar Barkov then took over Sunday's contest, winding up with a hat trick on a game-high seven shots. It's now back-to-back wins for Reimer, improving his record to 12-10-5 with a 3.05 GAA and .901 save percentage.
News: McGinn (undisclosed) will not suit up Sunday against Montreal.
Impact: McGinn made his season debut on Feb. 12 before sitting on Feb. 14 for rest. Now that it's been five days since his last in-game action, it's unlikely he'd need another game of rest. McGinn could be experiencing some back soreness after recovering from the injury.
News: The Panthers recalled Montembeault from AHL Springfield on Sunday, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Roberto Luongo is taking a leave from the team to tend to a family matter, so Montembeault was called up to serve as James Reimer's backup for Sunday's game versus the Canadiens. With no back-to-back games in the foreseeable future, his NHL debut will likely be on hold unless Reimer needs relief.
News: Luongo left the team to tend to a death in his family and his return date is unclear, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Impact: As a result, James Reimer will start in goal Sunday versus the Canadiens while Samuel Montembeault was called up from AHL Springfield to serve as the backup. The veteran netminder's next chance to play will be Tuesday versus the Sabres, but taking an extended leave wouldn't be unusual.
News: Reimer will defend the home twine in Sunday's game versus the Canadiens, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Impact: With Roberto Luongo on leave due to a death in his family, Reimer will patrol the blue paint for the second straight game. He's been solid since the All-Star break with a .927 save percentage, although his 2-2-0 record isn't as flattering. Montreal enters this contest at 17th in the league with 2.95 goals per game and the second-worst power play at 13.1 percent.
News: Trocheck collected an assist during Thursday's 3-2 shootout victory over the Flames.
Impact: It is only Trocheck's second point through eight games in the month of February. He missed a large part of November, December and January with an ankle injury, but returned right before the All-Star break hot. Now Trocheck is back in his second-line-center role but has yet to return to his pre-injury form.
News: Pysyk notched an assist during Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the Flames.
Impact: It had been 10 games since Pysyk last collected a point, but he now has seven points -- all assists -- in 45 games this season. He managed to end the night a plus-2 with a season-high 24:58 in ice time.
News: Yandle collected an assist during a 3-2 shootout win over the Flames on Thursday.
Impact: Despite having 43 points on the season, Thursday's point was only his 16th at even strength. Although Yandle hasn't shown any signs of slowing down, he could be in for some trouble if the Panthers' power play hits a roadblock.
News: Dadonov (illness) scored his 20th goal of the season in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over Columbus.
Impact: The 29-year-old is on pace to top 60 points again, so he's a valuable fantasy asset. But keeper owners should weigh giving Dadonov a trip out of town before the deadline. Top-six minutes aside, he's probably not going to increase his output any more than what he has shown.
News: Hoffman scored a goal and an assist during a 3-2 shootout win over the Flames on Thursday.
Impact: Hopefully this effort helps to wake up Hoffman, whose offense went quiet since mid-January. Head coach Bob Boughner at times has used him on the third line -- limiting his production significantly -- but he is now back with Vincent Trocheck and Evgenii Dadonov on the second line. Hoffman now has 47 points through 56 games.
News: Reimer made 41 saves in a 3-2 shootout win over the Flames on Thursday night.
Impact: Optimus Reims was dialed in Thursday and helped his kitties break a two-game skid. Those 41 saves were a season high. Reimer has been below average in his outings this season. In eight starts in 2019, he is 3-3-2. He's 3-0 in games where he has allowed two or fewer goals, but is 0-3-2 in games where he has allowed three or more. You get the point. You're rolling the dice with Reimer when you put him out there. But give him Thursday -- that was sweet.
News: Weegar (undisclosed) was designated for injured reserve Thursday.
Impact: Weegar was doubtful to suit up versus the Flames on Thursday, but his placement on IR ends his chances of returning to the lineup. Since the blueliner already missed the last four games, the club almost certainly utilized a retroactive designation, which allows the Ottawa native to be activated as soon as he is cleared to play.
News: Tippett picked up a hat trick in OHL Saginaw's 9-2 rout of Flint on Wednesday.
Impact: Tippett now has 19 goals in 23 games since his trade to the Spirit in early January. Often thought of as a one-dimensional sniper, Tippett has chipped in 14 assists during that time frame. The 2017 first-round pick (10th overall) remains a work in progress in his own zone, but no one doubts Tippett's ability to put the puck in the net. He will get a long look in training camp next fall.
News: Dadonov (illness) will suit up against the Flames on Thursday, per Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site.
Impact: Dadonov will be in action versus Calgary after sitting out Wednesday's practice session due to illness. The winger has struggled of late with just one point in his previous six outings, despite averaging 18:32 of ice time over that stretch. Even with his slump, Dadonov is a near lock for top-six minutes and should get plenty of opportunities to rediscover his scoring touch.
News: McGinn will get Thursday night off, as he drops from the lineup against the Flames, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: Considering McGinn just played in his first game of the year versus Dallas on Tuesday, it shouldn't come as a surprise to see him taking some time off to make sure he is 100 percent ready to go. The winger figures to be available versus Montreal on Sunday and will likely see plenty of minutes the rest of the way.
News: Hawryluk (lower body) will be in the lineup for Thursday's matchup with Calgary, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: The 23-year-old winger has practiced in full for the past two days and will assume Jamie McGinn's spot in the Florida lineup after Hawryluk was activated from injured reserve. Despite scoring at a point-per-game pace in the AHL this season, Hawryluk's been used in a limited role while skating with the Panthers, notching five points in 19 contests.
News: Reimer will defend the cage in Thursday's tilt against Calgary, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The 2018-19 season hasn't been kind to Reimer. Across 30 games, he owns a 10-10-5 record, 3.10 GAA and .898 save percentage while serving as Roberto Luongo's understudy. Reimer was yanked in his last start after allowing three goals on 12 shots and will be trying to bounce back against a Flames team that is winless in its last three games.
News: Barkov could not find the back of the net despite four shots on goal during a 3-0 loss to the Stars on Tuesday.
Impact: As the Panthers have seen their offense sputter in 2019, Barkov is one of the bright spots at forward. Barkov and his current right winger Frank Vatrano are the only two forwards to put up double-digit point totals in the 17 games since the start of 2019 (both have 14). However, the Finnish center has seen his points creep below a point-per-game pace -- now with 53 points in 55 games -- to go along with a career-worst minus-20 rating.
News: Huberdeau was held scoreless in a 3-0 loss to the Stars on Tuesday.
Impact: After starting the season with 44 points in 38 games, Huberdeau has seen his offense take a hit in the new year. In the 17 games of 2019, Huberdeau has only managed eight points, sinking him back under a point-per-game pace. He also is skating at a career-worst minus-24 rating.
News: Hoffman was unable to register a point despite three shots on goal during a 3-0 loss to the Stars on Tuesday.
Impact: The Panthers' offense has fallen flat recently, scoring more than three goals only once in seven games this month. Hoffman himself has only three points in his last nine games. It has still been a good season for Hoffman despite the slowdown, as he has 45 points in 55 games.
News: Brown recorded six hits during a 3-0 loss to the Stars on Tuesday.
Impact: Brown now has 21 hits through his 10 games with the Cats this season. He has yet to collect any points with only one shot on goal during his first NHL season.
News: Sceviour (hand/wrist) missed practice Wednesday and will be out "multiple weeks", Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: The 29-year-old was already placed on injured reserve on Feb. 11 but will be looking at a lengthy absence. Sceviour has been decent, accumulating five goals and 14 points in 49 games. The Panthers will miss Sceviour on the penalty kill, as he's averaged 2:08 of shorthanded ice time this season.
News: Weegar (undisclosed) skated after Wednesday's team practice and is still considered day-to-day, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: Although Weegar hasn't been officially ruled out, the fact that he is still unable to get on the ice with his teammates doesn't bode well for a potential return to the lineup against the Flames on Thursday. Even once the blueliner does get the all-clear, he may be forced to split time with Josh Brown and Ian McCoshen.
News: Dadonov (illness) was absent from Wednesday's practice, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: The 29-year-old was unable to practice due to an illness, but should be fine to suit up in Thursday's game against Calgary per Olive. The Russian has been solid for the Panthers, racking up 42 points in 55 games this campaign. If he suits up, Dadonov will look to erase a three-game point drought.
News: McGinn logged just 9:42 of ice time in his first game of the 2018-19 campaign, in which he tallied one hit and a minus-1 rating.
Impact: McGinn was sidelined to start the year with a back injury, but is back up with the Panthers after a brief stint in the minors. The winger figures to be a lock for a bottom-six role the rest of the way, but will likely struggle to produce with any consistency.
News: Luongo stopped 16 of 18 shots in Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the Stars.
Impact: The final Dallas goal was scored into an empty net. Luongo is having the worst statistical season of his career, but the veteran netminder has turned things around a little lately, posting a 2.64 GAA and .901 save percentage over his last nine outings, albeit with a mediocre 4-4-0 record.
News: Weegar (undisclosed) is slated to miss Tuesday's game against the Stars, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: Weegar looks to be headed for his fourth consecutive absence, with Ian McCoshen remaining among the pairings in his absence. The team hasn't placed a specific timetable on Weegar's return to action, but his seven points through 44 games don't make him much of a fantasy threat in most leagues, so the blueliner's status shouldn't be of major concern.
News: Hawryluk (lower body) will practice in full Wednesday and will be a game-time decision for Thursday's contest against the Flames, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: According to head coach Bob Boughner, Hawryluk looked "pretty good" Tuesday. How his body reacts to a full session Wednesday should provide a better outlook on the 23-year-old pivot's status for Thursday's tilt versus the Flames. If he can't go then, a return Sunday versus the Canadiens would likely be viewed as the probable scenario.
News: Luongo will start in goal for Tuesday's game against the visiting Stars, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: The 39-year-old has seemed to round into form in his last five starts, racking up a 4-1 record to go along with a 2.36 GAA and .912 save percentage. Luongo will have a chance to stymie a low-scoring Stars offense that ranks 29th in the league in goals per game (2.58). With fellow goaltender James Reimer getting the hook from Sunday's game, Luongo could have a chance to provide a gap between him and Reimer with stellar play.
News: Sceviour's injury that landed him on IR is an upper-body injury, Jameson Olive of FloridaPanthers.com reports.
Impact: Sceviour will be missed particularly on the penalty kill. "He's still being assessed today," coach Bob Boughner said. "It's for sure upper-body, and we'll know more [soon]. He's not going to play, probably, for a while. It's a tough injury."
News: Brouwer had an assist on Denis Malgin's goal in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay. He also had six hits and a shot on goal.
Impact: The assist was Brouwer's first point of the calendar year, with the most recent before that coming Dec. 28. His playing time has been sparse lately, as he'd been a scratch in six of the previous nine games.
News: Luongo was called on to play the third period in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Lightning, allowing two power-play goals while stopping nine other shots.
Impact: One of the goals came on a 5-on-3 power play against the Panthers. Luongo didn't get a full night off, after James Reimer gave up three goals on 12 shots in the first two periods. He'll likely be back between the pipes Tuesday when the Panthers return to action.
News: Reiner got the start Sunday against the Panthers but was pulled after two periods, trailing 3-2 in a game Florida eventually lost 5-2.
Impact: Reimer stopped only nine shots on 12 attempts, though Roberto Luongo didn't fare much better in the third period, allowing two more on 11 shots.
News: Weegar (undisclosed) will not be in Sunday's lineup against Tampa Bay.
Impact: With his absence, Ian McCoshen will continue filling in on the bottom pair. There hasn't been much information about his injury and it's unclear whether it's related to the concussion he was dealing with at the end of January.
News: Reimer will draw the start against the Lightning on Sunday.
Impact: In his last appearance against the Lightning, Reimer was rocked for five goals in an overtime loss Dec. 1. The 30-year-old owns a .901 save percentage and 3.07 in what's been a trying 2018-19 campaign. A matchup against one of the league's most dangerous offenses doesn't supply much faith for Reimer on Sunday.
News: Sceviour (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Sunday, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's unclear what's bothering Sceviour since he played in Saturday's game versus the Capitals and scored his fifth goal of the season. His spot on IR will open up a roster spot for the recently recalled Jamie McGinn. Sceviour won't be able to re-enter the lineup until Feb. 17 versus the Canadiens.
News: The Panthers recalled McGinn from AHL Springfield on Sunday.
Impact: McGinn finally recovered from a back injury in late January and spent time in the minors readjusting to the game. He performed admirably with two goals and four points in four games in Springfield, earning the call-up. McGinn could enter the lineup as early as Sunday's matchup versus the Lightning.
News: Vatrano tallied a goal and added two hits during Saturday's 5-4 overtime win against the Capitals.
Impact: Vatrano has been quite productive since being promoted to the second line with Vincent Trocheck and Jonathan Huberdeau, having tallied seven goals and 12 points in his last 12 games. With the Panthers desperate for more even-strength production outside of the top unit, the 24-year-old winger should get plenty of work as long as he can keep producing and is worth rostering in deeper formats as he continues to build on a career season.
News: Malgin tallied an assist and a minus-1 rating while logging 11:39 of ice time during Saturday's 5-4 overtime win against the Capitals.
Impact: The marker snapped a seven-game point drought for Malgin, who has struggled to gain much traction in his third NHL season. With just five goals and 12 points in 39 games -- along with a minus-8 rating -- the 22-year-old Russian remains a reach even in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
News: Yandle tallied a goal, a power-play assist and three shots during Saturday's 5-4 overtime win against the Capitals.
Impact: Yandle set up the game-winning goal by Mike Hoffman with his 34th assist and 41st point of the campaign. Only a dismal minus-17 rating blemishes the 32-year-old's fantasy value, and even that shouldn't deter fantasy owners from deploying him regularly down the stretch.
News: Ekblad tallied two assists, a plus-2 rating and two shots during Saturday's 5-4 overtime win against the Capitals.
Impact: Ekblad has been heating up with two goals and seven points in his last seven games. The first overall pick from the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has yet to crack the 40-point mark in his NHL career but has an outside chance to do so in 2018-19 if he can produce consistently down the stretch. Keep playing him as you normally would.
News: Luongo turned aside 26 of 30 shots faced during Saturday's 5-4 overtime win against the Capitals to win his 1000th NHL start.
Impact: Luongo picks up his third win over the last four starts despite a shaky performance in DC. The 39-year-old netminder sports a 3.03 GAA and .897 save percentage behind a 12-12-2 record and remains a risky fantasy play in spite of the recent improvements to his win total.
News: Weegar (undisclosed) is questionable to face the Lightning on Sunday, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: Weegar reportedly is day-to-day with his injury, but it's not clear whether he's sustained a new injury or if he's still bogged down by a concussion that kept him out for four straight games before the defenseman returned last Saturday. Either way, expect a quick turnaround in terms of evaluation since the Panthers are scheduled to play on back-to-back days.
News: Luongo will defend the net Saturday against the Capitals in DC, Chris Kuc of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Luongo has begun to show some signs of his age, owning a save percentage below .900 and a 3.11 GAA entering Saturday. If these ratios hold, they would be the worst marks of the veteran netminder's career. He may struggle to silence the naysayers against a Capitals club that's averaging 3.24 goals per game on home ice.
News: Hawryluk (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Friday.
Impact: Hawryluk will miss at least the Panthers' next two games even if he was designated for IR retroactively. Prior to getting hurt, the center tallied two assists in his previous five outings, but remaind bogged down in an 11-game goal drought. The 22-year-old is averaging just 8:19 of ice time, so the fact that he has tallied eight points in 19 games this season isn't too shabby and could be an indication of future production if he can secure a bigger role down the road.
News: The Panthers recalled Kiselevich from AHL Springfield on Friday.
Impact: Kiselevich's recall doesn't guarantee he's in the lineup, considering the Panthers feature seven other healthy defensemen, but he could have a chance to draw in either Saturday against the Capitals or Sunday versus the Lightning if coach Rick Tocchet decides to switch things up. The KHL import posted some decent offensive numbers during his time in Russia, though it's translated to just eight assists through 31 games with the Panthers.
News: Sceviour scored his first goal in 23 games in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win against the Penguins.
Impact: Goal scoring has come few and far between for Sceviour, who is on pace for only seven goals -- the fewest he's ever scored in a season. His lack of production has relegated him to the fourth line, where he will likely stay unless the Panthers ship out a few pieces before the trade deadline.
News: Trocheck was scoreless for a fourth straight game in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win against the Penguins.
Impact: When Trocheck came back from an ankle injury Jan. 18, he hit the ground running with four points in his first three games. Unfortunately, the All-Star break came right after those three games and Trocheck was not able to keep the momentum going. In his four games since the end of the break, he has gone pointless with a plus-minus of zero and five shots on goal. Being paired up with Jonathan Huberdeau and the newly acquired Derick Brassard could spark Trocheck very soon, however.
News: Dadonov scored only his second goal since Christmas in a 3-2 overtime win against the Penguins on Thursday.
Impact: After starting the season on a point-per-game pace and going on a 12-game point streak, Dadonov has stumbled a bit since Christmas. In the 17 games since the holiday, the Russian winger has eight points -- a disappointing pace after such a hot start. Now that he is back on the first line with Aleksander Barkov and a streaking Frank Vatrano, Dadonov will hopefully be able to rediscover his scoring touch.
News: Barkov collected two assists Thursday in a 3-2 overtime win over the Penguins.
Impact: The points lurched Barkov back into the team lead for points with 52 in 52 games. The All-Star break must have been good to Barkov, as he has five points in his four games since the break.
News: Sheahan collected his first point with the Panthers -- an assist -- during Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Penguins, his former teammates.
Impact: After a successful 2017-18 season that saw Sheahan put up 32 points with the Penguins, he has been having a down season. Thursday's assist is his 10th point through 52 games. We're expecting the Panthers to trade Sheahan before the deadline.
News: Huberdeau tallied an assist during a 3-2 overtime win over the Penguins on Thursday.
Impact: Now with 51 points (13 goals, 38 assists) in 52 games, Huberdeau is set to topple his career high of 69 points set last season. And he's doing all this despite the third-worst shooting percentage of his career (10.4).
News: Matheson tallied the game-winning goal in a 3-2 overtime victory against the Penguins on Thursday.
Impact: Two of Matheson's last three goals have been game-winners, which is incredible considering he only has a disappointing five scores this season. In 2017-18, he had 10 goals and 27 points; this season, he has only the five goals and 18 points along with a minus-22 rating.
News: Luongo allowed two goals on 31 shots in a 3-2 overtime victory against the Penguins on Thursday.
Impact: In his last few appearances versus the Penguins, Luongo really didn't play well, so this was a nice bounceback performance for him against Pittsburgh. It's been a tough season for Luongo, but he has won three of four while posting a .925 save percentage during that stretch. He needs a lot more nights like this one to make his numbers respectable, though. Luongo is 11-12-1 with a 3.12 GAA and an .897 save percentage this season.
News: Hawryluk (lower body) will miss Thursday's contest against the Penguins, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: Veteran Troy Brouwer reportedly will be the one to replace Hawryluk in the upcoming contest. The Panthers aren't quite as physical without Hawryluk in tow -- he has 43 hits through 19 games -- but it shouldn't be too tough to reallocate the eight-odd minutes that he spends on the ice each game.
News: Luongo will get the starting nod at home versus the Penguins on Thursday, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: Luongo has been struggling of late, as he is 2-6-0 with a 3.52 GAA in his last nine appearances. One of those outings includes the netminder's previous clash with Pittsburgh, in which he gave up four goals on just 16 shots before getting the hook. Looking ahead to the rest of the season, the veteran will likely split duties with backup James Reimer as the team tries to make a playoff push.
News: Hawryluk has sustained a lower-body injury that leaves him questionable for Thursday's game against the Penguins, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: Panthers coach Bob Boughner said the 23-year-old center is day-to-day with a 50-50 chance to suit up against the Penguins. This news concerns a rookie in the bottom six for a Florida club that is in serious danger of missing the playoffs.
News: Brassard has one assist and two shots on goal over his first two games with the Panthers.
Impact: While his time in South Florida may be short, Brassard is working well on the Panthers' second line. One factor that will keep his point total lower is his place on the second power-play unit, a group that saw only 1:13 of playing time through four opportunities during Brassard's first two games with the Cats.
News: Sheahan saw 14:01 in ice time as he helped kill off the Blues' only penalty in an eventual 3-2 loss on Tuesday.
Impact: Although it is expected that Sheahan will be dealt again by the deadline, head coach Bob Boughner has not shied away from playing the gritty forward on the penalty kill. However, Sheahan has yet to tally a point and has only one shot on goal during his first two games with the Panthers.
News: Yandle added another power play assist during a 3-2 loss to the Blues on Tuesday.
Impact: With 26 power play points on the season, Yandle is approaching his career high of 31 set back in the 2013-14 season. He earned a spot in the All-Star Game by leading all defensemen in power-play points, and he already has two in his three games following the All-Star break.
News: Borgstrom tallied his fifth goal of the season during a 3-2 loss to the Blues on Tuesday.
Impact: Although originally slated for top-six duty when he was first called up in mid-December, Borgstrom has found a spot on the third line and with the second power-play unit. The 21-year old has eight points in 21 games this season and has yet to take a single penalty in his young NHL career.
News: Barkov scored a goal on the power play during a 3-2 loss to the Blues on Tuesday.
Impact: Barkov continues to have an amazing season even as the Panthers struggle to stay afloat in the playoff race. The Finnish center has 50 points through 51 games as he leads his team in points.
News: Reimer stopped 31 of 34 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Blues.
Impact: The 30-year-old netminder took a shutout into the third period, but after Aleksander Barkov handed him a 2-0 lead just 30 seconds into the frame, the wheels quickly fell off for Florida. He continues to split time with Roberto Luongo, but Reimer's 2-2-2 record, 2.76 GAA and .914 save percentage through seven outings in 2019 don't suggest he's going to claim the No. 1 job outright any time soon.
News: Reimer will guard the crease at home against the Blues on Tuesday, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Reimer earned a second consecutive start after stopping 34 of 35 shots versus the Golden Knights on Saturday. The Panthers will likely continue to ride the hot hand this season, which could see the 30-year-old snatch a few starts away from Roberto Luongo down the stretch.
News: Ekblad picked up an assist during a 3-1 win over the Golden Knights on Saturday.
Impact: Ekblad has been the definition of streaky this season, as all of his scoring has come in clumps of games. Despite that, he is still on pace to end the year with 36 points, which would better his career average of 34 points per season.
News: Hoffman put in the game-winning goal during a 3-1 win over the Golden Knights on Saturday.
Impact: The goal ended a three-game scoring drought for Hoffman -- his longest of the season. The winger has found himself playing on the third line again as head coach Bob Boughner attempts to spread out the scoring, but Hoffman has managed to score no matter where he is in the lineup. He has 43 points in 50 games this season, 21 of which have come on the power play.
News: Vatrano scored his 17th goal of the season during Saturday's 3-1 victory over the Golden Knights.
Impact: Vatrano has six goals and 10 points in his last nine games as he has found himself skating on the Panthers' first line. His time on ice per game hasn't actually seen a noticeable jump -- it's still hovering around 14 minutes per game -- but points have been coming easily. He is already nine points above his previous career high and -- with the Panthers looking to be sellers at the trade deadline -- will likely hang onto his spot in the top six for the remainder of the season.
News: Barkov scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Golden Knights.
Impact: It's Barkov's second multi-point effort in the last three games. The 23-year-old now has 17 goals and 47 points through 49 games, but his minus-20 rating would be by far a career worst if he can't turn it around in the second half.