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It’s official: Trocheck back in Panthers lineup for Game 5

Gerard Gallant, Vincent Trocheck

Florida Panthers coach Gerard Gallant, right, talks with center Vincent Trocheck (21) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers defeated the Lightning 5-2. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


With the series tied 2-2 and a pivotal Game 5 against the New York Islanders on Friday, the Florida Panthers have Vincent Trocheck back in their lineup. Initially, he was going to be a game-time decision.

Trocheck suffered a foot injury at the end of March and is making his series debut for Florida. That could be a huge boost for the Panthers.

Trocheck, 22, had been on a roll prior to the injury, scoring in four straight games. He had an impressive regular season with 25 goals, a career high so far for him, and 53 points.