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Lauderdale, Lauderdale!

LauderdaleGood to be back home, good to sweat again. Geez it's hot here! It was pretty nice this weekend in Atlanta, and downright awesome in Toronto (it was in the 50s this morning). Good to see our humidity didn't go away while I was gone.

Anyway, got to chalk this one up as a poor roadtrip for the Cats. Saturday night was awful in Atlanta, and the team didn't look that mich better last night in Toronto. If Alex Auld wasn't around (sound familiar -- just replace Auld w/ Roberto Luongo) last night would have been a blowout. Like an Atlanta-type blowout.

So, yes it's early. But Jacques Martin has to be concerned. This team didn't come to play, not really, in their first two road games of the season. While the effort was better Monday, the play really wasn't. Florida failed to get the puck out of its own zone consistantly enough to give Auld any sort of a break. When the Panthers did get the puck cleared, it was like they didn't know what to do with it.

Monday was an escape from Toronto, an escape with one point in the standings thanks to some heads-up play by Stephen Weiss in front of the net.

Expect the Panthers to play better on Wednesday. They usually do at home.