Barkov (upper body) is expected to return to the ice early next week, Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel reports. The report suggests that Barkov will be unavailable for upcoming back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday, but could return to the ice as early as Monday's matchup against Pittsburgh. The 20-year-old suffered the injury Monday, but the exact details of the ailment remain unclear. Florida will likely turn to the minors to provide depth over the weekend.
Barkov (upper body) will not play in Tuesday's game against the Sabres, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Barkov suffered the upper-body injury Monday against Detroit and the severity still remains unclear. As for Tuesday, Corban Knight could ultimately sneak his way into the rotation with Florida likely in need of further replacements from the minors.
Barkov exited Monday's game against Detroit with an upper-body injury, Ansar Khan of MLive reports. Barkov sustained the injury during the second period on a hit from Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader. He totaled 8:58 of ice time prior to the injury. The 20-year-old Finnish center can be considered day-to-day for now, and his next chance to return to action will come Tuesday when the Panthers play at Buffalo. Barkov has tallied 16 goals and 19 assists in 42 games for Florida this season.
Barkov snagged two points against Washington on Tuesday. Barkov now has back-to-back outings with a power-play goal in addition to a four-game point streak. The center will continue to get opportunities to contribute on special teams as he's averaging 2:50 of ice time per night with the man advantage. If the Panthers are going to keep rolling, the 20-year-old will need to produce at the same level that has seen him register 33 points in 40 contests.
Barkov scored his 13th of the season in Thursday's 5-1 win over Toronto. After going six games without a goal, Barkov opened the scoring for Florida early in the second. The Finnish sophomore is riding a three-game point streak and is skating top-six minutes, so it may be wise to pick him up for a few games while he's hot.
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