Game #5| Jan. 26, 2013|Flyers at Panthers |7:30 p.m. ET
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01-26-2013, 11:52 AM
A Fistful of Dollars
Join Date: Jan 2004
The latest with Florida's lines:
The juggling of the Panthers lines continued at Saturday morning’s skate in preparation for tonight’s game against the Flyers, another 1-3 injury-ravaged team.
Top-line center Stephen Weiss didn’t skate and is out tonight with a lower-body injury that judging from his play thus far I’d be willing to bet has been bothering him since the season-opener. The good news is that top-line forwards Kris Versteeg (groin) and Tomas Fleischmann (cut foot) both skated.
Flash came out early in his sweats and tried to skate and then left the ice. He consulted with the trainer and eventually returned but didn’t take part in team drills. He will be a game-time decision but he’s likely to play.
Versteeg, who bagged skated after the morning session, also didn’t skate on any lines and coach Kevin Dineen said he will not play no matter how much Versteeg’s “heart’’ tells him he wants to.
Rookie forward Quinton Howden may or not make his NHL debut tonight possibly depending on Flash’s status. He skated with San Antonio teammate, center Drew Shore and Jack Skille. He’s probably going to be the fourth Panther to make his NHL debut in just the fifth game, joining Jonathan Huberdeau, Michael Caruso and Drew Shore. Alex Kovalev skated with Huberdeau and Tomas Kopecky. Shawn Matthias centered Scottie Upshall and Peter Mueller moved to wing. Jerred Smithson centered Mike Santorelli and George Parros.
It’s possible that Fleischmann plays and Santorelli will sit instead of Howden.
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