SUNRISE, Fla. -- In the past three games, the Florida Panthers have taken down the two-time reigning Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals, the two-time reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins and the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are in second place in the Eastern Conference.
In fact, all three of those teams are in playoff position, which is more that can be said for the surging Panthers (29-25-6), who have won 10 of their past 13 games to put themselves in contention.
On Thursday night, the Panthers will play host to a fourth straight team in playoff position, the New Jersey Devils (33-22-8) at the BB&T Center.
The goalie matchup will likely be Florida's Roberto Luongo against either Keith Kincaid or Cory Schneider. Kincaid has won five of his past six starts. Schneider, normally the starter, has lost seven straight games and hasn't played since Jan. 23 because of a groin injury. He's expected back this week, possibly Thursday.
Forward Patrick Maroon, who was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers last week before the trade deadline, is expected to make his Devils debut Thursday. He has missed four straight games because of a lower-body injury. >> Read more
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