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Huberdeau (foot) sits out Panthers’ Sunday contest

Jonathan Huberdeau

FILE - In this Saturday, March 30, 2013 file photo, Florida Panthers’ Jonathan Huberdeau celebrates the Panthers’ first goal of the game against the New Jersey Devils during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla. Montreal Canadiens right-winger Brendan Gallagher, Huberdeau and Chicago Blackhawks left-winger Brandon Saad were named finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy on Monday, May 6, 2013. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)


The Florida Panthers will face the Montreal Canadiens without Jonathan Huberdeau on Sunday. His run of 81 straight games played ends because of a foot injury, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald.

The 20-year-old fought through the pain of a hip issue that eventually required surgery to win the 2013 Calder Trophy, but this issue is apparently too much of a hindrance for him to play tonight.

He has 15 points in 33 games played this season. Playing against Montreal would have been meaningful for the young forward, but he told Richards that he’s opting to play it safe.

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