The Florida Panthers will try to get back in the win column tonight in Toronto against the Maple Leafs. Florida last played Saturday night, skating to a disappointing 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders. Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs will be trying to win their 3rd straight. Toronto has scored 12 goals in their previous two victories. Toronto has also given up 14 goals in their last 3 games, so there should be no lack of offense tonight.
Unfortunately, the Panthers may be without offensive leader David Booth again tonight. He missed the Cats last game with the flu and has not fully recovered. Speaking as one who also had a bout with the flu last week, it's not fun. I can't imagine playing hockey with this illness, but then again, David Booth is awesome.
As far as the overall picture goes, Florida still sits in 9th, 1 point behind Carolina for 8th, 1 point ahead of Pittsburgh. Last night, 7th seed Buffalo fell to the Anaheim Ducks, keeping the Sabres just 3 points ahead of Florida. Carolina heads cross-continent to take on the Vancouver Canucks, while Pittsburgh visits Montreal. All this scoreboard watching sure is fun, but it won't do any good if Florida starts to drop off. An important two points are on the table tonight. Puck drops at 7:30.