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DETROIT (CBSMiami/SportsDirect) – The Florida Panthers are trying to put a streak together but in order to do they they’ll have to stop another one.
The Detroit Red Wings look to extend their season-best point streak to seven games as they host the Panthers on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Wings edged Edmonton 4-3 in overtime on Friday to improve to four games over .500 for the first time, and rookie Dylan Larkin is playing a lead role in the team’s rise.
The 19-year-old Larkin has notched five goals in his last six games while captain Henrik Zetterberg has recorded five points in the past four contests to help Detroit go 4-0-2 during its streak.
The Red Wings have four contests left on their season-high, six-game homestand while Florida plays the first of five straight on the road.
Panthers leading scorer Jaromir Jagr, who is riding a five-game point streak, is expected to play despite suffering a minor knee injury in the 3-2 shootout victory over the New York Islanders on Friday.
Jagr has 730 career goals, one behind Marcel Dionne for fourth place on the all-time list.
TV: 2 p.m. ET, RSN, TVA, FSN Florida, FSN Detroit
ABOUT THE PANTHERS (9-9-4): Florida, which just finished a 2-2-1 homestand, recalled Dylan Olsen from Portland of the American Hockey League with the status of fellow defenseman Alex Petrovic (ankle) uncertain.
Blue-liner Dmitry Kulikov (lower body) is not expected to play Sunday but could return during the road trip.
The 43-year-old Jagr has collected eight points over his last eight games while young forwards Nick Bjugstad (one point in five games) and Jonathan Huberdeau (one goal in 22 contests) are struggling.
ABOUT RED WINGS (12-8-3): Tomas Tatar has joined Larkin and Zetterberg as a key contributor for the Red Wings during their surge, posting three goals and two assists in his last four contests.
Detroit still is in the bottom-third of the league in scoring and its power play is a major reason, going just 4-for-33 over 12 games this month.
Petr Mrazek is 4-1-2 in his last seven decisions, allowing a total of 14 goals in those contests, and is expected to get the start Sunday after Jimmy Howard beat Edmonton.
- The Panthers have won four straight games in Detroit, including a pair last season.
- Detroit RW Gustav Nyquist registered a goal and an assist against Edmonton, ending his four-game point drought.
- The next game played by Florida G Roberto Luongo, who is 14-14-5 with a .917 save percentage in 34 career games against the Red Wings, will move him past John Vanbiesbrouck (882) for sole possession of eighth place on the all-time list for goaltenders.
The Panthers face the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, November 29th at 2:00 p.m. You can hear every game on Sports Radio 560 WQAM, the radio home of the Florida Panthers.
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