The Panthers lost three players, including goalie Jose Theodore, during Saturday’s blowout 6-2 loss to the host Hurricanes and now turn to their minor league team in San Antonio for reinforcement.

Florida plays host to Carolina in Sunday’s rematch at 6 p.m. and at least two players — including probable starting goalie Jacob Markstrom — will catch early flights to try and help the Panthers stem the proverbial bleeding.

With Saturday’s loss, the Panthers slid six points back of the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes.

Coach Kevin Dineen and defenseman Brian Campbell refused to use the injuries as a reason for Saturday’s dreadful showing.

“It’s a great excuse for as bad as we started that game, as unprepared as we looked,” said Dineen, whose team also played the third without Stephen Weiss after he was ejected for fighting.

“You can blame it on injuries but that’s the ultimate cop out. It was a big game against the divisional leader and we could have reeled them in. We weren’t prepared from the drop of the puck. And that leads to injury. If you don’t have your game face, well, it’s a man’s game out there.”