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KotterKicking off Canada Week here at the Big Bank in north Weston.

Would like to welcome back the vast sections of empty seats to the old arena, they've been missed of late. OK, not really.

Cory Murphy is back in the game, playing for the first time since Nov. 13. That's a 30-game span. Florida's games missed to injury number now up to 214.

-- Anthony Stewart the healthy scratch tonight.

Louie -- Panthers giving away 20 big-screen TVs during the megatilt between the Panthers and the Vancouver Fighting Luongos. Billing it as a matchup between All-Star goalies, the one the franchise traded away versus his replacement.

Of course, Luongo may not play on Feb. 1, not after playing the night before in Tampa.

I know. He's going to play.

Vokoun_2 -- Speaking of bad trades, you have to say the Luongo deal from 2006 looks a bit better considering the Panthers were able to turn Todd Bertuzzi into a draft pick (that helped get Vokoun) and Shawn Matthias. Not saying it was a good deal, but it sure doesn't look as lopsided as it did this time last year.


Alyssa2 -- Didn't know if you heard, but Alyssa Milano is going to be in Atlanta for the All-Star Game. Still working the story for you, the loyal reader.

-- Some numbers for you. Panthers up 1-0 after one against the Senators. By my math, this is only the third time this month Florida has taken the initative and led 1-0. Also, FLA is 10-3-1 this season when leading after the first period, and 14-5-2 when scoring first.

And, according to Matt Sacco, Panthers haven't led going into the second since Dec. 27 at Atlanta.

So there you go.

Alyssa3 -- Did you hear about Alyssa Milano?

-- Word is Sid the Kid could be out eight weeks with his busted up ankle. Bad news for the Panthers (the beancounters, not the players). If he's out the full eight, he'll miss Pitt's final game of the season in west Plantation on  March 6 (I bet he's back by then).

It does look like Sidney will miss the next meeting with the FlaCats, Feb. 19 in Pittsnogle.

Barrymanilow -- Love that banner ad for Barry Manilow down in the corners. Nothing says hockey more than Barry Manilow's surgically-altered smiling face. They need to lose that pretty quickly.

-- Save that Puck! Tanner Glass with his first NHL goal, set up beautifully by Nate Horton. I'm betting the Manilow image down behind Ray Emery was an inspiration.

I know it is for me.

-- Tanner Glass throws with Chris Neil after the former Motley Crue singer scores to tie the score. Neil wins the fight too, but good for Glass for getting something going.

-- Panthers on power play, QB Murph the Surf throwing some tight spirals...

-- Here are some numbers to crunch: Games lost due to injury -- Ottawa 77, Panthers 214. Dany Heatley the only active player on the IR for the Sens. He missed his sixth straight game Tuesday.