Aleksander Barkov is third on the Panthers in goals (17) and second in points (44), but he should be the first concern after his hat trick in the Panthers’ 4-3 overtime win over Toronto in Florida on Dec. 15. The Leafs’ Nazem Kadri has a goal and two assists in two games against Florida this year, and has more career points vs. Florida (24) than any other team.


The Panthers are winless in 2019, going 0-5-2 in seven January games. It’s the longest losing streak for the Panthers since 2013, when they lost nine games in a row … Jonathan Huberdeau, who has 47 points in 45 games, is trying to become the fourth player in Panthers history to reach 50 points in 50 games … The Florida power play is rated fourth in the NHL (25.9 per cent). The penalty kill is 16th (79.5) … Vincent Trocheck (ankle) has been out of the lineup eight weeks, but he took part in a full practice Thursday and should be back after the all-star break.


Sunday vs. Arizona, 7 p.m.

Kevin McGran is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @kevin_mcgran

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