It's Monday night, are you ready for some hockey? The Panthers kick off a 4 game road trip through Canada tonight, taking on the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa is coming off of a hard fought win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jason Spezza recorded a hat trick in the 3-2 win.
The top line for the Senators, Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley, is the one to watch. Stop them, and your chances for a win increase dramatically. They have accounted for 10 goals and 10 assists in the last 5 games.
A couple new faces are in the lineup tonight for the Cats. Kenndal McArdle and Janis Sprukts were sent back to Rochester, and taking their place are Tanner Glass and Michal Repik. Glass has been called up by the big club a few times, but it will be Repik's NHL debut. That makes 4 NHL debuts this year by Panthers. Good for them, bad for the team. The injury list, David Booth, Nathan Horton, Cory Stillman, and Richard Zednik, have made the trip up to the Great White North, but no news on when any of them will be back.
Craig Anderson is back between the pipes for his 6th straight start. He played wonderfully in the Panthers first trip to Ottawa this year, earning a 3-1 victory. Puck drops at 7:30.