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Saturday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers & IIHF World Championship Open Forum

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The IIHF's version of the Frozen Four gets it on today at the Globe Arena in Stockholm with Jacob Markstrom and Sweden versus Finland followed by Nick Bjugstad and the USA taking on Cinderella Switzerland.

Nick Bjugstad has been solid in a fourth line role for Team USA
Nick Bjugstad has been solid in a fourth line role for Team USA
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Florida Panthers Nick Bjugstad and Jacob Markstrom will try to take another step towards gold medal glory today in Stockholm. Because of the way the match-ups are set in the medal round, at least one of the two Cats' youngsters is guaranteed to leave the tournament with at least a bronze, but it sure would be exciting for Panthers fans to see the two meet in tomorrow's final. Look for Bjugstad to again skate on the USA's fourth line with Danny Kristo and Aaron Palushaj. Following his stellar performance against Canada, I would expect Buffalo's Jhonas Enroth to get the nod over "The Alien" between the pipes for Sweden.

Today's Semifinal Round Matches (IIHF Website and live scoring)

both games will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network (directv 220)

  • Finland vs. Sweden (Markstrom) 9:00 am
  • Switzerland vs. USA (Bjugstad) 1:00 pm ( tape delay TV broadcast at midnight)

Tournament Stats Among Panthers Participants (through quarterfinal round)

  • Nick Bjugstad, F (USA): 8GP 2A 2Pts even 8SOG
  • Jacob Markstrom, G (SWE): 5GP 76SA 71SV 1.58 GAA 2-1-0

eliminated

  • Marcel Goc, F (GER): 7GP 4A 4Pts -4 14 SOG
  • Tomas Fleischmann, F (CZE): 8GP 2G 2Pts even 18SOG
  • Brian Campbell, D (CAN): 8GP 2A 2Pts +7 16SOG
  • Tomas Kopecky, F (SVK): 8GP 2A 2Pts +2 14SOG

And of course, feel free to discuss anything Panther-related or regarding the NHL playoffs (schedule)