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01-18-2012, 11:11 AM
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1/18/12 "Tap The Rockies" - Panthers VS Avalanche



Your Florida Panthers take on the Colorado Avalanche! Game time at 9:30 live from Pepsi Center!



Note: This is NOT an endorsement for Coors Light...


TV: Live on Center Ice and FSN Florida.
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VS





Standings
Florida:
Wins Losses OTL/SOL Total Points
21 14 9 51

Colorado:
Wins Losses OTL/SOL Total Points
21242 50


Injuries
Colorado:
Player Date Of Incident Status Injury
Mark Olver 2011-10-05 on injured reserve head
Matt Duchene 2011-12-30 on injured reserve and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks knee
Shane O`Brien 2012-01-08 expected to be activated from injured reserve for Wednesday's game against Florida knee

Florida:

Player Date Of Incident Status Injury
Scottie Upshall 2011-11-11 on injured reserve upper body
Jack Skille 2011-12-17 on injured reserve shoulder
Sean Bergenheim 2011-12-19 on injured reserve lower body
Marco Sturm 2011-12-21 on injured reserve head
Jose Theodore 2012-01-01 expected to be activated from injured reserve for Wednesday's game against Colorado right knee
Jacob Markstrom 2012-01-08 on injured reserve knee
Ed Jovanovski 2012-01-17 out indefinitely hand


Line Combinations
Colorado:
LW C RW
Kevin PorterPaul StastnyDavid Jones
Gabriel LandeskogRyan O'ReillyMilan Hejduk
Peter MuellerT.J. GaliardiDaniel Winnik
Cody McLeodJay McClementChuck Kobasew

LDRD
Jan HejdaRyan O'Byrne
Kyle QuinceyStefan Elliott
Ryan Wilson Erik Johnson


Florida:
LW C RW
Tomas FleischmannStephen WeissKris Versteeg
Tomas KopeckyJohn MaddenMikael Samuelsson
Michal RepikShawn MatthiasMarcel Goc
Matt BradleyMike SantorelliKrys Barch

LDRD
Brian CampbellJason Garrison
Erik GudbransonKeaton Ellerby
Mike WeaverDmitry Kulikov


Expected Starting Goaltenders
Colorado:
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
GP W L OTL GAA SV% SO
1910612.07 .9251

VS.

Florida:
Jose Theodore
GP W L OTL GAA SV% SO
29148 4 2.43 .918 2


Team Leaders
Colorado:
W Semyon Varlamov 14
L Semyon Varlamov 15
GAA Jean-Sebastien Giguere 2.07
G Ryan O'Reilly 12
A Ryan O'Reilly 21
+/- Gabriel Landeskog 11
PIM Cody McLeod 105

Florida:
W Jose Theodore 14
L Jose Theodore 8
GAA Jose Theodore 2.43
G Kris Versteeg 17
A Brian Campbell 30
+/- Stephen Weiss 12
PIM Krys Barch 55


Special Teams
Colorado:
PP%PP RankPK%PK Rank
18.8%9th81.9%18th(tied)

Florida:
PP%PP RankPK%PK Rank
18.4%11th81.5%21st


News And Notes
Quote:
“I LIKED THE RESPONSE AFTER A PRETTY AVERAGE GAME AGAINST PITTSBURGH. WE KNEW THE GAME WOULD HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF TESTOSTERONE TO IT.”
- Coach Kevin Dineen after Florida's 3-2 shootout loss to the Bruins on Monday.
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/teams/fla
George Richards' Blog of the Miami Herald:Your Source For Reliable, Early Panthers Info!


Primary Target

Gabriel Landeskog, the 2nd overall pick in this year's draft. Taken one spot above Huberdeau, he made the immediate jump to the NHL with the Avs and has flourished, leading them in +/-. Will it be enough to help the Avs back to the playoffs and will he be overshadowed by his own division's Nugent-Hopkins?


Red Hot Cat Of The Night

Tomas Kopecky, who has 3 points in his last 4 games.



Last Game VS. Avalanche


Last Game Played


LET'S GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!!!!

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Some notes:

Stephen Weiss became the all-time Panthers assist leader last game, passing Olli Jokinen. Tonight he plays in his 600th NHL game.

With Brian Foster sent down, expect Theodore to be back in the lineup and a likely starter.

Any of the traveling forwards may return this week, including Bergenheim, Skille, and Upshall. Sturm did not travel with the team.

Ellerby will be replacing Jovanovski.

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Wondering if Dineen will pair Weaver with Ellerby and Erik with Kuli. Adds some experience to each pairing.

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Jovo might be out up to six weeks.

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Will be good to see Gudbranson and Ellerby with more ice time.

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We need to get back to our winning ways on the road like in the old days (Oct./Nov.). Get 2 points and head to Chicago, boys! Go Panthers!

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Interesting article:

LeBrun: Well, the Capitals are doing their best to keep the Panthers in the turtle race known as the Southeast Division title chase, losing at home to the Islanders on Tuesday night. You wonder if the team that doesn’t win the Southeast will even make the playoffs.

Having said that, I watched Boston-Florida on Monday night and thought the Panthers played a tremendous game against the Cup champs. It doesn’t look to me like they’re ready to fade at all. The Panthers have been slowed down by a slew of injuries. That’s certainly a theme around the league this season, but for Florida it really hit hard because as GM Dale Tallon cleverly rebuilds the organization, they don’t yet have the kind of depth needed to sustain massive injuries over a long period of time.

When I spoke to Tallon last week about his ideas for the Feb. 27 trade deadline, he wanted to get healthy and look at the play of his team before he determined what he needed and whether he’d be a buyer or not.

Burnside: You’re exactly right on the depth front, my friend. Keaton Ellerby, the 10th overall pick from 2007, will get a chance to strut his stuff with Jovanovski out of action for what Tallon said might be six weeks and I, too, thought that game against Boston was a nice statement game even though they ended up losing in a shootout. The crowds are starting to come around in Florida as the Panthers continue to occupy the division lead, and it would be nice to see the Cats play meaningful games post-All Star break for the first time in a long time.

Commissioner Gary Bettman has always insisted there are fans in South Florida, they just need a reason to come out. For a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2000 and hasn’t had a team with any real identity since the squad that snuck into the 1996 finals, this season has been a bonus. Now we’ll see if rookie head coach Kevin Dineen can keep his squad pointed in the right direction. We’ve seen teams like the Minnesota Wild, crushed by Philadelphia Tuesday night by a 5-1 count, go off the rails, so these will be interesting days for the Panthers.

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Wondering if Dineen will pair Weaver with Ellerby and Erik with Kuli. Adds some experience to each pairing.
Those are awesome, or, although Dineen didnt witness it, kuli-ellerby pair up real well.

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My two favorite american teams are playing tonight. My brother lives in Steamboat Springs and I have attended many Avs games.

The avalanche are in many ways the mirror image of the panthers in the western conference. A solid core of young players with a couple of solid veterans. Overall the Avs are an inconsistent team who could absolutely turn on the jets and play lights out one night and be flat as the pepsi the arena was built on the next.

The key for the panthers is slowing down the speed of the avs. I think if the panthers can go out establish a forecheck and slow the pace of the game it will ultimately end in our favor. Also gotta slow them down in the neutral zone.

Also would like to see a lot of shots because one of the biggest inconsistencies for the avs this year is goaltending. I suspect Giguere will be playing and he has done well recently.

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With the Caps and Jets losing last night, we really need to take this one. I hope Bergy and Skille come back soon and we can start gelling together as a team again and get a win streak going.

Edit: I just noticed the Caps play the Habs tonight as well. Go Montreal! *shudders*

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We need 2 points tonight! LETS GO CATS!

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This should be a very interesting game with both teams struggling and are hungry for a win. I'll be on my to work tomorrow morning when the sun rises, but I'm making sure I stay up for this one. I hope Theodore is ready to start and if any of the injured guys come back that they'll return to form the way Goc & Samuelsson did. Big two points on the line. I don't want this to be another overtime or shootout loss, so get it done in regulation, boys. Can't believe I have to root for those damn Habs tonight, but it's all to help stay in 1st place.

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Looks like #FlaPanthers scratching Kris Versteeg; Scottie Upshall appears to be in v #Avs

Weiss Fleischmann Samuelsson now #FlaPanthers top line #Avs

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Wow, Dineen vs Versteeg continues...

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Wow, Dineen vs Versteeg continues...

Hoping its that and not injury. Looks like bergy versteeg and skille are the scratches according to practice updates...

Edit: GR just tweeted they think its a healthy scratchas Kris is skating with Bergy and skille.

Big statement here by Dineen; no one untouchable. Many here have benn complaining about his play well heres the memo to Kris.

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Very surprised by the Versteeg scratch, especially considering our team is starved for goals and IMO Flash has done a much better job at disappearing for 58 minutes of a game. Surprised he's still in.

This is a big game. We need to start rolling again. Maybe Upshall will give a boost to the locker room (anyone else feel like he's not even really a Panther yet? I find myself forgetting about him a lot haha).

We need a total effort tonight.

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With the Caps and Jets losing last night...
I agree. I know some aren't bothered with flip flopping between 9th and 3rd but I really think it's much better for the Panthers if we hang on to 3rd. Casual hockey fans are much more likely to come to a game if they see the Panthers in 3rd place. That and I just like to have bragging rights that we're first in the division

Let's not waste our 2 games in hand on the Jets. We beat the Avs and beat the Jets it will really bury them. We'll have a very substantial lead and 2 games in hand on them.

For the short term, if we get 2 points tonight it doesn't matter what the caps do with their game, we'll still be a point ahead. Last night against the Isles was the Caps chance to be ahead of us with the same number of GP, they blew it, now let's make them pay.

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Edit: I just noticed the Caps play the Habs tonight as well. Go Montreal! *shudders*
LOL. I can relate to this completely. It sounds really wrong and dirty but Go Habs!

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Very surprised Versteeg was scratched. No clue what that is about. Is he injured? I have a hard time believing Dineen would single out him, from a line that as a whole isn't functioning.

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Barch santorelli bradley
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Matthias Repik Madden

are the other lines practicng together as lines per Flakov.

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Barch, Santo, Bradley leaves a lot to be desired.

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Barch, Santo, Bradley leaves a lot to be desired.
Honestly, they were one of the best lines on the ice last game. They created a ton of energy and chances.

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Very surprised Versteeg was scratched. No clue what that is about. Is he injured? I have a hard time believing Dineen would single out him, from a line that as a whole isn't functioning.
Harvey Fialkov: Dineen having heart to heart with versteeg #flapanthers

Certainly give Dineen credit for up front talking to Kris, and hoping kris listens to a
3x NHL captain.

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Barch, Santo, Bradley leaves a lot to be desired.
Agreed. I think Santo and Madden should switch places.

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So, after some rapid twittering during what must have been an eventful practice, whoever had these lines in the hfboard pool wins, i think:

Flash weiss sammy
kopescky goc upshall
Repik mathais Madden
Bradly Santo Barch.

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GR on twitter says Versteeg is out because of health, not preformance.

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