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Yet more evidence of the simplistic perfection of Family Guy.

Cats at Pens, 1:05 pm, FSN-FL (HD!)

Panthers: 16-16-5 37P, 3rd in SE Penguins: 19-15-4 42P, 4th in ATL

All-time: 27-26-4 (FLA)

Game 1 of 4 (2007-08: 3-1 PIT)

* As always, heads-up to live video feeds are appreciated - I'm at work!!! *

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Goaltending duo Tomas Vokoun and Craig Anderson have a chat with coach Peter DeBoer regarding ice time Friday.

A down-and-out Panthers club rolls into Pittsburgh, looking for it's first win in the past five games. I renew my call for a Horton demotion. Yes, a demotion. What else can be done? Andy will start (emphasis on "start") in net, with a 1-0-0 (1 tie) in four appearances against the Pens.


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Craig Anderson 19 950 8 4 4 0 36 2.27 556 520 .935 3

The Penguins have been nearly equally inept, dropping four of their past five. However: Sidney Crosby has 5g-11a-16p in 11 games against the Cats. Sheesh.

L'afffaire DeBoer drags on, as inconsistencies in play among the goaltenders have begun to stretch patience and nerves alike. Will the coach finally get the 60 minutes he's grasping for?

DIVISIONALLY SPEAKING


Southeast Standings

GP W L OTL PT
Washington 39 25 11 3 53
Carolina 39 19 15 5 43
Florida 37 16 16 5 37
Atlanta 39 13 21 5 31
Tampa Bay 37 10 17 10 30

(updated 1.3.2009 at 8:11 AM EST)



Carolina doubled up on St. Louis as the Hurricanes used two PP goals to defeat the Blues 2-1 in Raleigh on Friday. A six-point lead over Florida is now in play.

More frighteningly, the Thrashers laid out Vancouver with a 4-3 SO victory in Atlanta. The birds leapfrogged Tampa, and now sit six-points behind the Cats.

As for today, Carolina visits the Lightning, while the Rangers take on the Caps in DC.

Suddenly, the Panthers must look into their rear-view mirror with a bit more frequency.

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Humble.

BATTERED AND BRUISED


Florida Panthers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Rostislav Olesz strained groin 12.6.2008
Bryan Allen left knee surgery 10.12.2008
Kamil Kreps shoulder 12.28.2008
Cory Murphy shoulder 10.29.2008


Reportedly Stephen Weiss is "sick" but may play. Horton took his place in practice yesterday. Otherwise no changes.


Pittsburgh Penguins Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Kris Letang lower body 12.28.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Hal Gill right shoulder 12.7.2008
Sergei Gonchar left shoulder surgery 9.25.2008
Tyler Kennedy sprained knee 12.5.2008

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