The Panthers return home tonight to take on the Buffalo Sabres. The Panthers are playing their best hockey of the year, and haven't lost in regulation in their last 5 games. The Sabres are currently struggling through a 2-7-0 stretch, and coming off of a lackluster 2-0 loss in Nashville on Sunday.
The IR line is still out tonight (Horton, Booth, Stillman), so the offensive power of late has come from an unexpected source. Ville Peltonen, Radek Dvorak, and Gregory Campbell have combined for 9 goals and 10 assists in the last 6 games. They epitomize the type of hockey that this team has to play in order to win games. Quick, aggressive, and relentless. Jay Bouwmeester has also started to chip in, with 3 goals in the last 4 games. He is a defeseman, so any goals he gets are bonus, but pre-season, he was going to be counted on to push the attack and get a few, so it's nice to see him finally find the net. Bottom line, if this team wants to continue to win, it's going to need goals from all 4 lines, especially with the injury situation.
Craig Anderson will get his 4th straight start tonight, and may slowly be taking over Tomas Vokoun's starting goaltender position. Puck drops at 7:30.