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Game Day: Florida Panthers at Edmonton Oilers, 9pm

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These young ladies are not yet Craig Anderson fans. But they will be.

The Cats, and more honestly Stephen Weiss and Craig Anderson, come into this one having beaten the Ottawa Senators with scant seconds left in overtime on Monday. And on that subject: who wasn't yelling at the screen (remember when games were televised) with hands together, praying it doesn't go to a skills competition? Who would you rather have in your initial SO lineup: Alfie, Spezza, and Heater, or The Panther Alternative...whatever that might be on a given night - but it ain't consisting of names like Booth, Horton, or Stillman.

Good stuff, and my arms remain stung from banging on the ottoman - this time, with excitement - in front of my television after the winner. With nine seconds remaining. Money.

At least I won't have to concern myself with televisions or visuals going into tonight's match in Edmonton. Ahhh, the pleasures of living in a "non-traditional market".

STANDINGS


Northwest Standings

GP W L OTL PT
Vancouver 29 16 10 3 35
Calgary 29 16 11 2 34
Minnesota 26 15 10 1 31
Colorado 28 14 13 1 29
Edmonton 26 13 11 2 28

(updated 12.11.2008 at 4:45 AM EST)



Southeast Standings

GP W L OTL PT
Washington 29 16 10 3 35
Carolina 28 13 12 3 29
Florida 27 12 12 3 27
Atlanta 27 9 14 4 22
Tampa Bay 28 6 14 8 20

(updated 12.11.2008 at 4:45 AM EST)


CATCHING UP ON NHL '09:


Florida Panthers Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Rostislav Olesz strained groin 12.9.2008
David Booth left shoulder 12.9.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Bryan Allen left knee surgery 10.12.2008
Richard Zednik left elbow 11.25.2008
Cory Murphy shoulder 10.29.2008
Nathan Horton lacerated leg/ankle 11.27.2008
Cory Stillman post-concussion symptoms 11.17.2008


Edmonton Oilers Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Sheldon Souray undisclosed 12.9.2008
Dustin Penner knee 12.9.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Steve MacIntyre broken orbital bone 11.9.2008
Jean-Francois Jacques back surgery 10.9.2008
Fernando Pisani broken left ankle 11.18.2008
Robert Nilsson upper body 11.30.2008



The Box believes Edmonton deserves recognition for releasing the finest "third jerseys" in the league:

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Then again, not to be outdone:

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Whoops. My bad. Meant to go here:

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No further roster moves were made last night, so expect no changes in the lineup for the Panthers. Which means RepikMania! Edmonton leads the all-time series, 8-7-3; the Oil has had a four-day layoff. Florida played Monday, defeating Ottawa with a late Stephen Weiss goal in a 4-3 overtime victory on the road. The Cats have not won in Edmonton since January 5th, nineteen-freaking-ninety-six.

Tomas Vokoun gets the nod tomorrow in Calgary. As for Vancouver on Sunday? Meh. When have Panther fans ever cared about the 'Nucks?

LEFT OUT TO DRY



GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Craig Anderson 14 746 7 2 3 0 26 2.09 444 418 .941 2


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Dwayne Roloson 12 678 5 4 2 0 31 2.74 387 356 .920 0


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(Note: Don't get too stoked...it's a SO loss)