Vatrano was awarded a penalty shot in the third period, but Merzlikins made a pad save.
The Panthers are without another defenseman after MacKenzie Weegar was scratched from Monday’s first of back-to-back games against Columbus with an upper-body injury. Weegar, who is listed as day-to-day, was not on the ice for Florida’s morning skate.
Florida forward Carter Verhaeghe, meanwhile, skated with the taxi squad. Noel Acciari, who is day to day with an upper-body injury, missed his second straight game.
Panthers rookie goalie Spencer Knight was recalled to the active roster and made his first appearance in pregame warmups after being chosen to back up Bobrovsky on Monday. Florida’s 2019 first-round draft pick out of Boston College was celebrating his 21st birthday.