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The Cats' new attitude has them thinking offense, offense, offense.

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Cats @ Leafs, 7p - Air Canada Centre, FSN-FL

Panthers: 23-18-8 54P, 3rd in SE Maple Leafs: 19-23-8 46P, 4th in NE

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

HOME & AWAY: TOR (H): 9-10-5 FLA (A): 11-12-3

GAME 2 of 4 SEASON SERIES: 1-0 (FLA)

ALL-TIME: 25-13-7 (TOR)

Florida attempts to right the ship following a blow-out 3-1 loss in Uniondale on Saturday. 3-1 may not seem a definitive blow-out by historical standards, but an ugly night it was, and may well have turned out far worse. Full marks to the Islanders, who Showed Up.

Tonight we deal with a Toronto Maple Leafs club which has been rather up and down since the start of the season, but lately has stolen a points few from not only conference bretheren, but Southeastern foes as well. With Brian Burke behind the scenes, a scary bunch is guaranteed. On that note...does Burkie go after Anaheim's Stampy Chris Pronger?

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See that red undergarment? The Habs wear red. Conspiracy?

AT THE ENDS


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Vesa Toskala 43 2473 17 17 7 3 137 3.32 1171 1034 .883 1


V-Tos starts. That's the guess from The Box.


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Tomas Vokoun 35 1875 14 14 3 5 82 2.62 1009 927 .919 3


T-Vo will start his eleventh straight game tonight. I think. Getting rather fatigued with all the Kentucky Fried Chicken-isms, i.e. KFC, T-Vo, V-Tos, B-Mac, J-Bo, etc...

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J-Mar in a scene you will not see. Thankfully.

BATTERED AND BRUISED


Toronto Maple Leafs Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Tomas Kaberle hand 01/30/2009
Jeremy Williams shoulder 12/31/2008


Florida Panthers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

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


David Booth (flu) is questionable. His health, that is.

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The clock's ticking...and lottery balls are a-flyin'.

DIVISIONALLY SPEAKING


Southeast Standings

GP W L OTL PT
Washington 51 32 15 4 68
Carolina 51 25 21 5 55
Florida 49 23 18 8 54
Tampa Bay 50 17 23 10 44
Atlanta 51 17 29 5 39

(updated 2.2.2009 at 9:57 AM EST)



Nothing changed on Monday, given there were no games within the SE. Tuesday will be another story, as the Cats face not only conference trouble-maker Toronto, but the rest of the division.

Buffalo's whirlwind western tour went downhill in Anaheim last night, as the Ducks ended the evening with a 3-2 victory over the Sabres. Some good news for Florida fans.

TONIGHT

All the kids are in action this evening, and all on the road. Eerie.

  • Washington @ New Jersey, 7p. The juggernaut Caps look to continue steamrolling through the conference.
  • Tampa Bay @ NY Islanders, 7p. Sound like a lot of nothingness? Think again. The Bolts sit within ten points of eighth place.
  • Atlanta @ NY Rangers, 7:30p. NEXT...
  • Carolina @ Vancouver, 10p. Mats Sundin recovers his scoring touch and lights the lamp for four goals in the first per...wow. Anyone else seeing spots?

AND KEEP AN EYE ON...

  • Pittsburgh @ Montreal, 7:30p. The Pens are toast. Move along.

LITTER BOX LINERS

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Look, Porter: it says here the Panthers' odds at making the post-season have never been better!

FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE

THE WARMUP


Forget about January 6th? Relive it all here. Bryan McCabe Warning: they're not happy with you. Losers.