Panthers F Versteeg out Wednesday with flu

Florida Panthers forward Kris Versteeg will miss Wednesday's game against the Washington Capitals with the flu.

The 25-year-old also missed practice on Monday and Tuesday with the malady.

In his first season with Florida, Versteeg has collected 19 goals and 43 points in 47 games.

Tomas Kopecky is expected to take his spot on the top line, along with Tomas Fleischmann and Stephen Weiss.

He is the latest, albeit brief, casualty in a lineup which is already missing forwards Jack Skille and Scottie Upshall, defensemen Ed Jovanovski and Dmitry Kulikov and goaltender Jose Theodore.