BOSTON - APRIL 01: Radek Dvorak #14 of the Florida Panthers shoves Matt Hunwick #48 of the Boston Bruins into the boards on April 1, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
An exceptional evening for the franchise, as the Cats play a long-overdue exhibition match from western New York - home of Florida's AHL affiliate Rochester Americans. Our buddy Keith from Lets Go Amerks! is on the ground at Blue Cross Arena, so we'll check in with him throughout the evening for first-hand observations, scouting reports, and snacks & things. Or maybe we won't...kind of a big night for hockey fans up there.
Unfortunately, we'll have to wait for Saturday to potentially see former Panthers Nathan Horton, Dennis Seidenberg, and Gregory Campbell; only Dennis Wideman will be facing off against his former club. In the nets, Nolan Shaefer will be backed up by Tuukka Rask, while Tomas Vokoun and Tyler Plante will share duties for Florida. 18 year-old defenseman Erik Gudbranson gets a second straight appearance.
Word on the street has there being no television (duh) nor even radio offered up. We got lucky on Tuesday, so if a link appears, we'll post it below (and if you stumble upon one, by all means let us know). Otherwise we'll be doing the usual preseason thing, hooking up with our buds at On Frozen Pond for a live chat.
Meantime, kill some minutes beforehand with this interview featuring the former #16. Get the impression he's a little weirded out?
OFP Live Chat Link HERE