More frustration in Florida: Barkov to miss 2-3 weeks


The Florida Panthers’ fight to make the playoffs just got harder. The club announced today that center Aleksander Barkov has been placed on injured reserve and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with an undisclosed injury.

Barkov was hurt in Wednesday’s shootout loss to Toronto. He did not play in Thursday’s overtime loss to Montreal.

The 21-year-old is the Panthers’ leading scorer with 27 points (9G, 18A).

“It’s tough. He’s a great player,” coach Tom Rowe told reporters after the injury. “He’s one of the best, if not the best two-way centermen in the league for his age group, so it’s a hard one to replace.”

The Panthers’ next game is Saturday in Dallas. After that, they return home for three games against Winnipeg, Nashville, and Boston.

Florida (15-14-8) is currently four points back of Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division.