Gameday: Philadelphia Flyers @ Florida Panthers

 

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 The Philadelphia Junior Ice Girls, Atlantic regional Under-18 champions. "Hey, second from right...nice shoes. NEXT! Huh...discuss it? Wellll, ok..."

 

Flyers @ Cats, 7:30pm, BankAtlantic Center, FSN-FL (HD!)

 

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Panthers: 20-16-6  46P, 3rd in SE    Flyers: 23-12-5 55P, 2nd in ATL

LAST 10:    FLA: 5-3-2    PHI: 4-4-2

HOME & AWAY:   FLA (H): 10-5-3    PHI (A): 9-7-6

SEASON SERIES: Game 1 of 4

ALL-TIME: 34-20-7 PHI

PROMOTIONS / EVENTS: "Pick-A-Prize" Fundraiser

TICKETS: Ticketmaster

 

 

  The Panthers return home from a five day layoff seeking to continue their massive point-accumulation campaign, which thanks to a lack of success by rivals in Carolina, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh, the Cats remain as close to a playoff spot as ever in the last decade, this late in the season.

 

 AT THE ENDS


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Antero Niittymaki 17 985 8 3 4 1 43 2.62 497 454 .913 1

 Technically backing up Martin Biron and possessing a name only this chick could love, Nitty is 3-2-0-1 against Florida lifetime. He is currently 2-1-2 in his past five. Guess that's okay for a sixth-rounder.

 


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Tomas Vokoun 28 1471 11 12 1 4 69 2.81 813 744 .915 3

 T-Vo is 3-4-2-0 when facing off against the Flyers. Not terrible, but not bad for a 9th round choice. Vokoun's rattled off three straight wins.



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Pondering the weight of his destiny, Panthers' winger David Booth (left) is counseled by guest coach Scotty Bowman: "Stop the Flyers, you must. On this, all the season depends...And oh yeah, while you're up: all these worlds are yours except Europa; attempt no landings there. And pick me up some Cheez-Wiz, boy." 

 

 

When will the Florida Panthers get to be host of one? After all, NASCAR started on a beach in Daytona -- and look at how well they've done.

- Calgary Sun's Crash Cameron on bringing the Winter Classic to "non-traditional" markets

 

BATTERED AND BRUISED

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Hi, I Ville. My foot hurt. I play anyway.

 


Philadelphia Flyers Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Darroll Powe head 30.12.2008
Arron Asham knee 30.12.2008

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Josh Gratton hand 30.12.2008
Kimmo Timonen ankle 30.12.2008
Matt Carle ankle 30.12.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Derian Hatcher knee 20.09.2008
Danny Briere groin 03.12.2008
Scottie Upshall knee 22.12.2008


Florida Panthers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Bryan Allen knee 12.10.2008
Cory Murphy shoulder 29.10.2008
Rostislav Olesz groin 06.12.2008
Kamil Kreps shoulder 28.12.2008

Ville Peltonen's got a bum foot but has claimed he will play. Murphy is healthy and remains available having cleared waivers for the second time. Kreps is still several days from return though appears to have lost the centerman's job to a suddenly effective Nathan Horton...for the moment.


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Little-known fact: though as a whole benign, some Flyers' fans have been accused of mean-spiritedness through the years. The evidence remains weak.

 

 

DIVISIONALLY SPEAKING

 


Southeast Standings

GP W L OTL PT
Washington 45 28 14 3 59
Carolina 45 21 19 5 47
Florida 42 20 16 6 46
Tampa Bay 44 14 20 10 38
Atlanta 44 14 25 5 33

(updated 1.16.2009 at 4:01 AM EST)


  • The Lightning hosted Philadelphia on the eve of a significant conference battle in Sunrise. Of course, the Bolts won 4-1, making the Flyers mad. Who's next on their schedule? Ummmm? Soon-to-be-ex-Tampa Bay-er (?) Martin St. Louis had two assists.
  • Well, we've been waiting, so here it is: All sorts of action in Raleigh, as Jason Blake of the Leafs collected a hat trick while sinking the Hurricanes 6-4, despite a furious comeback attempt by the Whalers home doods. Carolina remains one point ahead of Florida.

THE CHASE FOR EIGHTH...AND BEYOND

  • In Dallas, the Sabres' Jason Pominville scored the winner in the cop-out  shootout, capping a ferocious comeback by the visitors, who scored three goals in the third to force a skills comp. Buffalo now holds a 3-point lead over Florida. Thanks Stars...I liked you a whole lot better with Avery in the lineup.

TONIGHT IN THE SOUTHEAST

  • Toronto @ Atlanta, 7:30p. Naturally high following their victory over Carolina, the 40-point Leafs head south to Philips Arena for a meeting with the sorry Thrashers. Pension Plan Puppets, Bird Watchers Anonymous

KEEP YOUR EYE ON...

  •  Anaheim @ Pittsburgh, 7:30p. The Pens host the Ducks at a crucial stage of their season, as increasing the 46 current points is the A-1 priority. Not that The Box is interested. Battle of California, PensBurgh

 

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THE FAR REACHES OF THE BLOGOSPHERE

 NEXT ON TAP FOR THE CATS

    Panthers @ Lightning, tomorrow evening.

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