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As far as concepts go, I actually kind of like this one.

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Flyers @ Cats, 7:30pm, BankAtlantic Center, FSN-FL

Panthers: 21-17-8 50P, 3rd in SE Flyers: 25-12-9 59P, 3rd in ATL

LAST 10: FLA: 5-2-3 PHI: 6-2-2

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

SEASON SERIES: Game 2 of 4

ALL-TIME: 35-20-7 PHI

And away we go, as the (unofficial) start of the second half begins tonight.

AT THE ENDS

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My stick. My NHL.


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Martin Biron 29 1709 15 9 5 1 82 2.88 871 789 .906 1

Ditching conventional wisdom (read: Panther-killer Antero Niittymaki), Philly coach John Stevens will employ Martin Biron against the Cats. Biron has lost his last two, allowing four goals in each.

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My save. My NHL.


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Tomas Vokoun 32 1700 12 13 3 5 76 2.68 908 832 .916 3

T-Vo heads into tonight's match 4-1-2 in his past seven, giving up more than three goals only once in that span.

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Showing the seriousness that is their well-known trademark, Flyer faithful eagerly await the return of their club.

BATTERED AND BRUISED


Philadelphia Flyers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Derian Hatcher knee 09/20/2008
Danny Briere abdomen 12/03/2008
Josh Gratton abdomen 01/09/2009
Jonathon Kalinski thigh 01/05/2009

Hatcher's quite probably done...forever. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren:

"I'm not very confident Derian has much of a chance of playing. He thinks it's a real long shot."


Florida Panthers Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Nick Boynton other-excused 01/22/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Bryan Allen knee 10/12/2008
Rostislav Olesz sports-hernia 12/06/2008


Expect The Beach's return tonight, as well as Peltonen.

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Florida may have another Craig Anderson in the lineup.

DIVISIONALLY SPEAKING


Southeast Standings

GP W L OTL PT
Washington 48 30 15 3 63
Carolina 48 23 20 5 51
Florida 46 21 17 8 50
Tampa Bay 47 16 21 10 42
Atlanta 48 17 26 5 39

(updated 1.26.2009 at 9:13 AM EST)



TONIGHT IN THE SOUTHEAST

Everyone's in the sandbox this evening, so get prepped for a lot of squinty-eyed scoreboard watching.

  • Washington @ Boston, 7p. The amazing Caps' season has been nothing less than spectacular...until the Broons' 10-point lead in the standings is factored.
  • Carolina @ NY Rangers, 7p. Ranger fans will hear some telekinetic cheering from waaay down south tonight, as the Hurricanes look to hit 51 points.
  • Montreal @ Tampa Bay, 7:30p. The suddenly-alive Bolts host a very motivated Habs squad.
  • Atlanta @ Dallas, 8:30p. A matchup of recently underwhelming teams collide in Big D. Here's a stretch: Stars win.

    THE CHASE FOR EIGHTH...AND BEYOND

    Pittsburgh is the only other real competion within the conference outside of Buffalo, remaining tied with Florida at 50 points. The Pens return to the ice tomorrow, hosting the Rangers.

  • Buffalo @ Edmonton, 9p. The Oil seeks to keep an no-again, off-again Sabres team from gaining two in the East.

LITTER BOX LINERS

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THE FAR REACHES OF THE BLOGOSPHERE

THE WARMUP


Richard Zednik takes exception to Scott Hartnell's defensive tactics in Philly, January 16, 2008.