Quenneville now says Yandle will play in Panthers' season opener
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Keith Yandle's ironman streak will continue for another day.

After Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville said earlier this week that it was unlikely Yandle will be in the team's lineup on opening night, he confirmed on Sunday the defenseman will play tonight versus the Chicago Blackhawks, according to team reporter Katie Gaus.

Yandle currently holds the NHL's longest active ironman streak after playing in 866 consecutive games dating back to 2009. It was reported earlier this week that he's fallen out of favor with the Panthers and isn't in the team's plans, suggesting Yandle would be a healthy scratch.

The 34-year-old racked up 45 points in 69 games with Florida last season, playing a crucial role on the team's power play.

He's entering his fifth campaign with the club, and there are three seasons remaining on his contract at an average annual value of $6.35 million. Yandle also holds a no-movement clause.

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