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LIVE! From Washington D.C. ... Florida Panthers vs. Washington Capitals ... Tuesday Update

JasontaylorWASHINGTON -- The Panthers held a quick and painless morning skate at the D.C. Arena this morning, the Capitals allowing the early ice as they practiced at their facility in Virginia.

Kenndal McArdel is here and fired up for his NHL debut tonight. Looks like Noah Welch is the healthy scratch again tonight.

Not much going on, other than Shawn Matthias is centering a line with Kamil Kreps on the right wing. Michael Frolik and Rostislav Olesz are with Stephen Weiss on the top line. Here's how the Panthers will start tonight:

Rostislav Olesz-Stephen Weiss-Michael Frolik
Ville Peltonen-Gregory Campbell-Radek Dvorak
Brett McLean-Shawn Matthias-Kamil Kreps
Nick Tarnasky-Kenndal McArdel-Anthony Stewart

-- The Caps are a banged up bunch to. Tarik El-Bashir, a long-time Friend of On Frozen Pond (FOOFP), wrote about the Caps' ills here in The Washington Post. Good read.

Here are the guys out of the lineup today: Mike Green, Sergei Federov, John Erskine, Alexander Semin, Chris Clark, Jeff Schultz and Tom Poti. Lot of dudes on the DL.

-- Don't forget, today's game is radio only, so I'll be doing a LIVE! report from atop the Phone Booth starting sometime before 7 p.m. So go ahead and watch the Miami-Ohio State basketball game; I'll keep you updated on the hockey right here at Miami Herald Hockey Central.

-- Thursday, FSN gives us a new episode of Inside the Panthers, this show focusing on Richard Zednik. Here's the official release:

The next edition of FOX Sports Florida’s Inside the Panthers, profiles Florida Panthers forward Richard Zednik. In his 12th season playing professional hockey, Zednik has forged a solid career but was thrust into the international spotlight last season when he suffered a horrible accident on the ice. The upcoming show catches up with Zednik about his career highlights and he recounts that frightful night and road to recovery. Hosted by Craig Minervini, INSIDE THE PANTHERS: RICHARD ZEDNIK – ROAD TO RECOVERY premieres on FOX Sports Florida Thursday, December 4 at 6:30pm and replays multiple times throughout the NHL season.   


A native of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, Zednik was a 10th round draft pick of the Washington Capitals in 1994 and went onto play for them in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wing his rookie season.  He later spent four seasons with the Montreal Canadiens where he posted a career best 31 goals during the 2002-03 NHL season. 

Signed by the Panthers as a free agent prior to the 2007-08 NHL season; Zednik was on his way to a promising season but it was cut short by a horrifying injury on February 10, 2008.  In an away game against the Buffalo Sabres his carotid artery was accidentally sliced by a teammates’ skate.  Quick work by Panthers trainer Dave Zenobi, along with Sabres team doctors, helped avert a potentially tragic situation.

Fans will hear from those who saved Zednik’s life that fateful night in Buffalo, Sabres’ team doctor Les Bisson, and the head of emergency Medicine at Buffalo General Hospital, Dr, Robert McCormack, give their view of the procedures and practices that helped Zednik through the ordeal.  Also featured are former Washington Capitals teammate, Olaf Kolzig and current Detroit Red Wing, Marian Hossa, who played alongside Zednik for the Slovakian National team.


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talk about a fiesty line..Tarnasky-mcardle and stewart nice

How about an all-rookie line like Matthias, McArdel, and Frolik? BTW- does Olesz deserve to be on the top line?

Olesz does not deserve to be there...his decision making on the ice has been awful this year...it's the second line I'm really counting on tonight if we're to have any chance...that line's chemistry has been producing positive results.

Just amazing how many games are not televised this season - and not just by the Panthers. Washington has no TV coverage of the game either. How does the league expect to continue to build and strengthen their fan base by keeping their product off the airwaves?

Versus deal tonight so NO TV. Not the Panthers or Caps fault there.

What a lineup for us tonight. Looks like an AHL team. Glad the Caps are banged up also

Andy - but several other teams are on their local broadcasts and carried via NHL Center Ice. This season there are more games (league-wide) that are not being broadcast. Obviously FSN and the other broadcasters would prefer to televise other events that pull in better audiences. Not a good sign for the NHL.

yeah the television system is ridiculous considering its a billion dollar revenue league. makes me wonder...
lets hope our rookies do it big tonight! rly excited to see mccardle play tonight

The Canadian teams can show the games on their affiliates (against the Versus game) and they will be available on Center Ice. Also, the US-based teams can show games on their affiliates if they start at 9:30 Eastern or later (e.g. Dallas and L.A. can show their games).

It's a great contract Versus has for us East Coast people......Make that Southeast people since the Rangers, Flyers, Bruins, et al. are more likely to be the chosen game.

if they didnt televise ONE SINGLE GAME of any canadian team it wud be the end of the world.....but literally the end of the world
the US teams' marketing blows and so does gary bettman

If the Panthers win tonight with our AHL lineup say hello to our new #1 goalie....

Steven - I didn't realize that is how it works. Thamks for the info. Kind of stinks for us and anyone in our time zone (unless it's a Canadian team).

Great TV deal Bettman put together. They are stuck on Versus which doesn't have great distribution and they simultaneously limit the broadcast of other games. Pitiful!

With all the rookies in the lineup and odd line combinations, it would have been interesting to watch. Oh well.

you need to look deeper at the tv picture. versus is owned by Comcast which is owned by Ed Snyder who owns the flyers which is why you see mostly flyer games and why the contract is with them, ESPN is owned by Disney which use to own the ducks as soon as they sell the ducks the contract goes to Bettman's friend Ed Snyder

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