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Keith Yandle was not a part of the Panthers game group on Friday (via George Richards of FloridaHockeyNow.com) as it appears his ironman streak will come to an end.
The 34-year-old has appeared in 866 consecutive games – the NHL's longest active streak – but he has not been skating as part of the Panthers' top-six in training camp.
"Keith Yandle has fallen out of favour with the Florida Panthers," TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli said Tuesday on Insider Trading. "They’ve let it be known to him that he does not factor into their plans for this season. And I think in a perfect world for the Panthers, they would send Yandle to the taxi squad. But in this case, he holds the hammer with a full no-move clause and cannot be put on waivers without his permission.
"So, the plan at this point is to make Keith Yandle a healthy scratch at some point. It may be on Opening Night. They’ve got some time. They’ve had some games postponed because of COVID-19. But in this case, whether it’s Opening Night or Day 5, that 866-game ironman streak dating 11 calendar years is in jeopardy, and that’s going to sting for a guy like Keith Yandle whose contract is also really difficult to move."
Yandle has three seasons remaining at a $6.35 million cap hit on the seven-year, $44.45 million deal he signed with the Panthers in 2016.
He scored five goals and posted 45 points in 69 games with the Panthers last season, adding three assists in four games during the NHL's Return to Play.
A veteran of 976 NHL games, Yandle has 99 goals and 573 points over his career with the Arizona Coyotes, New York Rangers and Panthers.
Head coach DJ Smith confirmed that both Colin White and Alex Galchenyuk will be scratches for the team's opening game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night.
Tim Stützle, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, will make his NHL debut tonight on his 19th birthday.
The team used the following lines during Friday's gameday skate:
Paul –Tierney – C.Brown
The lines and D pairings for January 15. The Habs take on the Edmonton Oilers Saturday night.
Tatar - Danault - Gallagher
Drouin - Suzuki - Anderson
Toffoli - Kotkaniemi - Armia
Byron - Evans - Lehkonen
Frolik - Poehling - Perry
Chiarot - Weber
Edmundson - Petry
Kulak - Romanov
Mete - Fleury
Toronto Maple Leafs
Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe has confirmed that there will be no lineup changes tonight against the Ottawa Senators.
Per TSN's Kristen Shilton, Keefe had considered his line changes on Wednesday.
"You don't want to be trailing in the game; you're tempted to change things up and try different things but you remind yourself that you haven't had any exhibition games, and we need to give it some time for things to develop," said Keefe.
Sheldon Keefe confirms no lineup changes for #Leafs tonight in Ottawa— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) January 15, 2021
Keefe admits he considered line changes on Wednesday: "You don't want to be trailing in the game; you're tempted to change things up and try different things but you remind yourself that you haven't had any exhibition games, and we need to give it some time for things to develop"— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) January 15, 2021
At Penguins practice this morning, it appears Cody Ceci could be the odd man out.
Marcus Pettersson is paired with John Marino while Mike Matheson is with Chad Ruhwedel.
Ceci had zero points and two penalty minutes in the season-opener against the Philadelphia, a 6-3 loss.
Looking like Pettersson with Marino and Matheson with Ruhwedel in morning skate.— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) January 15, 2021