Gonna keep this one brief, as I'm home sick fighting off a touch of the flu (thanks a lot, Vokoun).
The Panthers visit the most famous arena in the world, allegedly, to take on the New York Rangers in a pivotal, vital, crucial, basically important game. The Rangers have a brand new head coach, John Tortorella, who Panther fans know well from his days in Tampa. The Torts-led Rangers lost in a shootout in their first game under the new head coach. Tortorella will be making his home debut tonight.
The Panthers will be trying to put their last game behind them, as well, a 6-1 stinker in Boston. Despite that loss, the Panthers are still in the 7th seed. The playoff picture could change drastically after tonight's action. Besides the Panthers\Rangers tilt, a #6 vs. #7 matchup, the Sabres and Hurricanes meet in Raleigh, a #8 vs. #9.
Vokoun should be back in the net tonight, but is a game time decision. Apparently, he also has an ear infection along with the flu bug. The Rangers will certainly be bringing their A game, trying to impress the home crowd with their new coach. Hopefully the Panthers are ready. Puck drops at 7:00.