So, anything fresh to discuss since last night's minor explosion of off-ice "news"? And yes, the ugly Timmins arrest situation combined with the Panthers fan-feedback response counts for an explosion on what would otherwise be a sluggish Monday evening. Thankfully a few of us had two scintillating hours of Family Guy as filler.
Sounds as if Jacob Markstrom will be facing Tampa Bay's Anders Lindback (8-6-0-1, 3-0 lifetime vs FLA with a shutout) in net. Cats will trot out the same forward lines we saw Sunday, which means this guy will have to wait for his (latest) return to the roster until Thursday at best:
Just got off the ice at BBT center w/ Kuli and Caruso. Really good skate, feeling good. Can't wait to get back in the lineup.
Fun fact: Tomas Fleischmann (above) has 13 points (3G), 6 PPP, and a game-winner in 15 appearances at home in 2013. He's collected 26 points (11G) in 34 career games vs TB.
And that's about it as of early-afternoon. As always, poke your head in the door over at Raw Charge for a west coast perspective on the night's upcoming action. LBC GameThread gets rocking at 7 p.m.