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Friday's News

Biggest news today was the absence of defenseman Karlis Skrastins, whom Peter DeBoer says has some kind of neck/back injury. Pete didn't know how serious it was, may have more tomorrow. Apparently, Karlis was going to see a specialist today. Don't want to speculate on anything, so we'll just have to wait and see.

David Booth worked out before the practice session and could be back in the lineup Monday, although with the young guys looking good, they may get more of a look.

Stephen Weiss hopes to be back practicing tomorrow, says his groin injury feels better and stronger. He says he wants to play Monday, but knows the most important thing is being 100 percent -- or at least as close to that as possible -- for Friday's opener in Raleigh.

"Oh yeah, I'm not missing that,'' Weiss said. "I'm playing.''

-- The NHL Network announced its upcoming schedule, with the Panthers on once, Oct 30 versus Ottawa.

FROM THE PANTHERS COUNTDOWN CREW

SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers open up their 2008-09 season in 7 days when they head to Raleigh to take on their Southeast Division rival Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, October 10 at 7 p.m. Each day leading up to Opening Night, the Panthers will highlight a specific meaning to the number of days remaining until the start of the season.

7 – Winning Streak in March 2008

The Florida Panthers tied a team record this past season when they won seven consecutive games from March 2-16, 2008. Included in that seven game win streak was a franchise record tying five consecutive home victories.  The Panthers other two seven game winning streaks occurred March 17-29, 2006 and Nov. 2-14, 1995.

PANTHERS PRESEASON (2-2-2)

Florida has one remaining preseason game on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. against the New York Islanders at the BankAtlantic Center. The game can be heard live on 790 The Ticket.

PANTHERS ON THE AIR

  • Saturday, Oct. 4 – Panthers Unrestricted on 790 The Ticket hosted by Randy Moller from 9-10 a.m. 

  • Saturday, Oct. 4 – Randy Moller to be on ESPN Radio 760 at 10:30 a.m.

PANTHERS HYUNDAI CARAVAN TOUR

  • Tuesday, Oct. 7 – Faceoff Luncheon at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton 

  • Friday, Oct. 10 – Panthers vs. Carolina ‘Watch Party’ at the Billiards Club in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

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