April, 1997: News of the Whalers' relocation deeply affects longtime-fan Eugene.
Canes at Cats, 7:30 pm, NO TV
(Big thanks to the Panthers, NHL, and FSN for pussing out and denying us an extremely significant division game; not all of us are slaves to College Football. Disgusting in the lack of regard for we who care.)
Panthers: 18-16-6 42P, 3rd in SE Hurricanes: 21-15-5 47P, 2nd in SE
All-time: 40-27-11, CAR/HFD
Game 4 of 6, season series: 2-1 CAR (home teams have won each game)
And we're off. Back to more exciting divisional action, where a meager five points separate the 3rd place Cats from the 2nd place 'Canes.
Carolina is riding a four-game win streak, maintaining their lead over Florida, despite the Panthers' better-than-average 4-3-3 (11 points) over the past ten.
Of the last eight games between these clubs, seven have been decided by one goal. Shocker.
I just spilled coffee on myself, my desk, and my keyboard. My pants are soaked, shirt is stained, and have I mentioned the Cats' game is not being televised?
In a rare dressing-room appearance, Carolina GM Jim Rutherford explains to his team the importance of a victory tonight in Sunrise.
AT THE ENDS
I haven't found anything - anywhere - to tip me off as to who's starting in goal...for either club. Presumably, that's probably the case in Florida's dressing room as I type these words. However, there's no reason to believe the "platoon" system has ended, so I'm going with Andy for the home boys and Ward in net for the enemy.
|2008 - Craig Anderson||21||1075||9||4||5||0||42||2.34||631||589||.933||3|
|2008 - Cam Ward||29||1722||16||9||3||5||70||2.44||816||746||.914||1|
BATTERED AND BRUISED
Florida Panthers Injuries
No changes for the Cats on the injury front.
Carolina Hurricanes Injuries
Ditto for Carolina.
General McClure (r) and Congressional medal-of-honor winner Princi believe the Cats have turned the corner.
After a night off for all SE clubs, four teams are back in action tonight, though only the Cats/Canes game is of any import.
The 5th place Thrashers travel to New Jersey, as the barely fourth place Lightning visit their old friend Olli Jokinen and the Phoenix Coyotes.
I could have summed all of that up with two words: So What? All division eyes - except ours - should be on Sunrise.
Staal, Brind'Amour, and a nondescript Hurricanes' player peer down the SE standings, clearly in awe of the rising tide that is Florida.
LITTER BOX LINERS
Sun-Sentinel: Road's end a welcome sight
Raleigh News-Observer: Eye on the Hurricanes
AP via NHL.com: game preview
AccuScore via The Sporting News
THE FAR REACHES OF THE BLOGOSPHERE
- Cat Scratch (FLA)
- Panthers on the Prowl (FLA)
- Carolina on Ice (CAR)
- Canes Country (CAR)
- Red and Black Hockey (CAR)