Trocheck might play tonight (but don’t bet the farm on it)

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The Florida Panthers could — repeat: could — have forward Vincent Trocheck (foot) back in the lineup tonight at home versus the Islanders.

Trocheck will be a game-time decision, according to Florida coach Gerard Gallant.

“He’s a big part of our hockey team,” Gallant told the Sun-Sentinel. “He was playing great hockey before he got injured. He’ll be a big help to our lineup. He’s missed four weeks now, so it’ll be tough. We’re going to get him back soon, so whether it’s tonight or Sunday or Game 7, we’ll see.”

For what it’s worth, the Panthers’ beat writer for the Miami Herald, George Richards, does not believe Trocheck will play tonight.

Trocheck was Florida’s fifth-leading scorer during the regular season, finishing with 25 goals and 28 assists in 76 games. He was especially productive down the stretch, racking up 26 points in his last 27 games.

The Panthers and Islanders are tied 2-2 in their first-round series.