Let's keep it simple today. The Panthers are playing the Lightning. Florida is in desperate need of points. Tampa is a cellar dweller. Florida needs to win tonight. For one reason, to gain confidence. For another, to keep pace with the rest of the pack. For a 3rd, it's freaking Tampa.
Interesting development, Rusty Olesz will be back on the ice tonight. Hopefully he'll be able to contribute right away, but I don't expect to see him get much ice time. Michael Repik was returned to AHL Rochester. Too bad. I liked the 4 minutes he showed against Buffalo. Brian McCabe is still out.
Other action to be concerned with; Rangers @ Flyers. Senators @ Penguins. Thrashers @ Sabres. Devils @ Canadians. Hurricanes @ Capitals.
Puck drops at 7:00.