After a disappointing, 5-game home stand that saw the Panthers claim just 4 of a possible 10 points, the Cats head out on a 3-game, 4-day road trip that could help decide their season. Florida is in Buffalo tonight, against a Sabres team that is fighting to stay in the playoff picture.
The Sabres are currently 7 points behind 8th seed Montreal, 5 points back of Florida. A loss to the Panthers tonight, and Buffalo is probably down and out. And last night, the Panthers got no help from the Atlanta Thrashers, who got lit up by the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal is now 2 points ahead of the Cats in 8th place. There should be two desparate teams on the ice tonight, both fighting for their playoff lives.
Puck drops at 7:00.