OK, so there seems to be a few thousand empty seats tonight. Maybe there's something else going on in town. The Donn Handicap was run at Gulfstream today. That must be it.
Anyway, the above was written just as an excuse to run the picture to the left. Carry on.
Actually, get used to Sunrise Saturday nights. After playing host to the Devils last Saturday, the Panthers started a stretch of nine straight Saturday nights on home ice (tonight's game is No. 2 in the stretch). The next Saturday night in which Florida isn't playing at home is March 31 -- they do play Washington the night before, however.
-- It's 3-0 Kings. Three goals, six shots. U-G-L-Y. Alex Auld comes in to replace Eddie.
THE NEWS: Martin Lojek, who at this time last year was a Florida Everblade, made his NHL debut on Saturday. He was called up because Mike Van Ryn is out with a bruised hand. Lojek is in his second pro season. He's sporting No. 47, joining such other Panther noteables as Craig "Not the guy with the talk show" Ferguson, Lance Ward and, of course, Michael Irvin.
-- Congrats, Playmaker.
-- During the first intermission, went to see my buddy Jeff and his wife Pam. Here's a pic of me, Jeff and future Panther Jacob: