Start Time: 8:30 PM
Pre-Season Series: 0-0-1
The final game of the pre-season is tonight. This is the final audition for a number of players including Ryan Carter, Erik Gudbranson, Jonathan Huberdeau, Tim Kennedy, Mike Kostka and Evgeny Dadonov. The remainder of the roster cuts will take place on Friday and the Cats will have a week until their opening game October 8 on Long Island to practice with a regular season sized roster. Injuries to Scott Clemmensen and Mike Santorelli have opened an extra couple of starting roster spots to younger players.
UPDATE: G Tyler Plante has been placed on waivers for reassignment to San Antonio.
Last meeting: The Stars and Panthers played an ugly, brawling, penalty-filled game on Tuesday night that included two fights (Versteeg vs. Goligoski and Matthias vs. Dillon), a 10-minute misconduct (Erik Gudbranson) and a game misconduct following a boarding major (Ryan Garbutt, on Tim Kennedy). The Panthers, down 3-1, came back to tie the game during the major penalty, but lost in overtime.
Notes: Michal Repik and Steven Reinprecht both cleared waivers on Tuesday. Repik was assigned to San Antonio while Reinprecht is still practicing with the Panthers.
Injuries: Scott Clemmensen (knee), IR, 9/26 (3-8 weeks); Mike Santorelli (shoulder), 9/27, 2 weeks; Ryan Carter (groin), day to day; Matt Bradley (virus), day to day; Scottie Upshall (hip), day to day;
Healthy Scratches: Stephen Weiss, Tomas Kopecky, Sean Bergenheim, Jason Garrison, Brian Campbell
Starting goaltenders: Jose Theodore will be the starting goaltender for Florida, backed up by Jacob Markstrom.
Lines (as they become available):
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