Another colossal, gigantic, enormous game with playoff standings at stake tonight as the Florida Panthers visit the Pittsburgh Penguins. How important is it, you might ask? Florida and Pittsburgh are tied with 76 points in 7th\8th spot. Also at 76 points are the New York Rangers.
Bad news struck the Panthers locker room yesterday. For my full report, click here. The bottom line is Brian McCabe and Nathan Horton are out tonight. McCabe had surgery to repair a broken orbital bone in his right eye, Horts is out after surgery on his finger. New guy Steve Eminger will be asked to fill in for McCabe. Anyone else will be asked to step up with Horton out (Weiss, McLean, Stewart, Peltonen...).
The Penguins have won 6 straight, including a win over the Panthers less then a week ago. Florida played well for 2 periods against the Pens, then hit the wall. The Panthers know what they have to do to earn W's. Hopefully they'll actually do it tonight. Tomas Vokoun is between the pipes for the Cats. Puck drops at 7:30.