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Happy Thanksgiving ... Nathan Horton Out ... Craig Anderson In vs. Rangers ... Cory Stillman still out

CharliebrownFirst off, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there and, despite what's going on all around us, I hope all my friends out there in PantherLand have plenty to be thankful for.

I know I do.

The Panthers? Not so much.

Nathan Horton took a skate to the leg last night, getting involved in a pileup with Noah Welch and a New Jersey player. Horton was cut so bad, the blade went through his skate boot and cut his leg pretty deep. Pete DeBoer says Nathan is out for a little bit, the cut so bad "he couldn't even walk up the stairs this morning.''

Part of the problem is the location of the laceration. PDeB saying it's almost impossible for them to stitch it cut and Nate put on his skates. Luckily, there was no tendon damage or anything like that. Once it heals up, he should be good to go.

Don't know who the Panthers are going to call up from Rochester, but someone's coming. Will update when I know.

Also, Craig Anderson starts in net tomorrow against the Rangers. More on that -- and pulling Vokoun down below.

Hope to see a good number of you tomorrow at the open skate at the Bank. Come on over and say hello.

More stuff from PDeB this Thanksgiving morn:

"We're a little banged up. We looked at the week to turn things around and got three of four. I'm not happy with how we started [Wednesday], but we found a way to get a pont. Now we have an opportunity Friday to get five of six and make this a pretty good homestand.''

On the awful start:

"Give New Jersey some credit. They were well rested, played in Tampa on Sunday, came here and sat and waited for us. Being able to get sustained pressure with some of the guys out of the lineup is a struggle. You take Zednik, Stillman and Horton out with injury and it's a struggle. We're going to have to find a way to get 30 shots without some pretty skilled guys in the lineup.''

Update on Nate:

"It cut through part of the boot. He's out through the weekend, then we'll go from there. Tough to see on the video how it happened. There were three bodies there, Noah, Horton and a Jersey guy. It's deep and it's in a bad spot. No tendons cut, but it's in a bad spot. It's real hard to put stitches in and put a boot on. He couldn't even walk up the stairs this morning.''

Update on Cory Stillman:

"He's starting to exercize. If he can get through an off ice workout today, he could skate Friday. We're still looking at days away. Nothing short term that's for sure.''

Craig Anderson in net tomorrow?


Why did you pull Tomas Vokoun on Wednesday?

"It was a couple of things. I didn't like the goals Tomas gave up for one, second, I didn't like the way we played as a team. It was kind of twofold. I made a change hoping to spark the team. I think it did. Andy came in and shut the door and that was important.''

Stealing a point

"It was very important for us. We know where we're sitting, and we're dealing with adversity. We have to fight for every point we can get. We'll take that one. Had an opportunity for two points there, but probably didn't deserve two points. Hopefully we'll finish with a solid performance.''