Oilers at Panthers preview

OILERS (8-6-1) at PANTHERS (3-5-3)

7 p.m. ET; FS-F, SNW, NHL.TV

The Game

The Edmonton Oilers will try to defeat the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center for the 10th consecutive time when the play Thursday.

The nine-game road winning streak against the Panthers began with a 4-0 shutout Dec. 7, 2002 and includes a 4-2 victory last season. Florida hasn’t defeated Edmonton at BB&T Center since a 5-4 victory March 8, 2002.

The Oilers are 1-2-0 entering the finale of a four-game road trip.

The Panthers will be playing at home for the first time since Oct. 20 following a three-game road trip and a back-to-back set against the Winnipeg Jets in Helsinki, Finland, as part of the NHL Global Series. Florida has been off since defeating the Jets on Friday (4-2) and will try to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Players to watch

Oilers center Connor McDavid is tied for second in the NHL with 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists).

Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo made 32 saves in the victory against the Jets; it was his first game since he was injured in the opener Oct. 6.

They said it

“We’d obviously like to go home .500. For us, that would be a real good trip. But we’ve got a hungry team in our way, a team that’s getting prepared to make their push now.” — Oilers coach Todd McLellan

“His game is a lot better now than it was seven or eight games ago. … Now, he feels more comfortable and you can put him in certain situations and you can trust him.” — Panthers coach Bob Boughner on forward Mike Hoffman

Oilers projected lineup

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins — Connor McDavid — Ty Rattie

Tobias Rieder — Leon Draisaitl — Alex Chiasson

Milan Lucic — Ryan Strome — Drake Caggiula

Jesse Puljujarvi — Kyle Brodziak — Zack Kassian

Oscar Klefbom — Adam Larsson

Darnell Nurse — Kris Russell

Kevin Gravel — Matt Benning

Cam Talbot

Mikko Koskinen

Scratched: Jujhar Khaira, Kailer Yamamoto , Jason Garrison

Injured: Andrej Sekera (Achilles)

Panthers projected lineup

Evgenii Dadonov — Aleksander Barkov — Mike Hoffman

Jonathan Huberdeau — Vincent Trocheck — Frank Vatrano

Denis Malgin — Jared McCann — Nick Bjugstad

Colton Sceviour — Juho Lammikko — Troy Brouwer

Mike Matheson — Aaron Ekblad

Keith Yandle — MacKenzie Weegar

Bogdan Kiselevich — Alexander Petrovic

Roberto Luongo

James Reimer

Scratched: Maxim Mamin, Mark Pysyk

Injured: Derek MacKenzie (shoulder), Jamie McGinn (back)

Status report

Chiasson returns after missing one game with an upper-body injury. … Pysyk, who has not played since he sustained an upper-body injury against the Washington Capitals on Oct. 19, has been cleared to play.

Stat pack

McLellan will coach his 802nd NHL game, moving him into a tie with Art Ross for 40th place on the all-time list. … Hoffman’s nine-game point streak (six goals, three assists) is the longest of his career and the longest active streak in the NHL.