The Panthers are looking for their third straight win, looking to cap off quite a month. Since losing here 4-2 on Dec. 31, the Cats have gone 7-1-3 -- one of their most successful months in team history.
A win tonight gives Florida eight wins this month, second only to January 2000 when the Cats won nine (and then went to the playoffs for the last time).
Here are the Panthers' best months ever as far as wins go:
10: Nov. 1995; March 2006
9: Jan. 2000; March 2007
8: Oct. 1996; Dec. 1995; Dec. 2005; March 2008
As you can see, the Panthers play very well in March, winning a total of 27 games in that month the past three seasons. If that trend continues, well, figure that one out yourself.
-- David Booth missed the morning skate today with the flu and will not play tonight. Booth is quite Gangsta, so he must really be sick.
-- Tomas Vokoun gets the start in net.
-- General consensus around the Panthers regarding Super Bowl 43: Steelers.
-- Also scratched tonight: Old pal Jon Sim.
-- 'Deal' of the Night: You can purchase an Islanders replica jersey for $99 (regular $125)! But if you want to put a name and number on it, add $75.
-- Meet me at the Lighthouse!
-- The Lines without Booth: Cory Stillman-Stephen Weiss-Michael Frolik; Richard Zednik-Nathan Horton-Brett McLean; CPR; Nick Tarnasky-Kamil Kreps-Anthony Stewart.