Verhaeghe week to week for Panthers with upper-body injury

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Carter Verhaeghe is week to week for the Florida Panthers with an upper-body injury.

The forward is tied with Aleksander Barkov for the Panthers lead with 17 goals this season and is third with 35 points. He played 20:41 in Florida’s most recent game, a 4-1 loss at the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

The Panthers visit the Stars on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, BSSW+, BSFL, NHL.TV).

Florida activated forward Anthony Duclair off injured reserve earlier in the day. He missed six games with a shoulder injury sustained when he crashed into the boards during a game against the Detroit Red Wings on March 30.

“It feels like forever,” Duclair said. “I’m just happy to be back. It’s always not ideal being on the sidelines watching the boys, but I’m glad that I’m back and ready to get going in a bounce-back game tonight.”

Duclair has scored 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 29 games this season.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Florida would use 12 forwards and six defensemen against Dallas. The Panthers used 11 forwards and seven defensemen the previous 10 games.

Also on Tuesday, the Panthers activated forward Lucas Wallmark and goalie Spencer Knight from their taxi squad and loaned defenseman Kevin Connauton to the taxi squad.

Wallmark was acquired Thursday with defenseman Lucas Carlsson in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks for forwards Brett Connolly and Henrik Borgstrom, defenseman Riley Stillman and a seventh-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Florida (26-12-4) is third in the eight-team Discover Central Division, two points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes. The top four teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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