BOSTON -- Back from lunch and a very productive trip to Marshalls where I not only scored some really cheap Nike socks (you know how much money I waste a year on socks?) but also a very cool Spyder ski hooded sweatshirt off the clearance rack.
It was much colder here than I thought it would be. It appears that I'm getting back to my Florida roots.
Anyway, as posted before, Tomas Vokoun is feeling the effects of the flu and will not be in net tonight despite pitching a shutout (off two hits) against the Bruins last Saturday in Sunrise. Craig Anderson is no stranger to Boston, stopping 40 shots to shut the Bruins out last March. That game came on the heels of his record-setting 53-save shutout of Pittsburgh the game before.
In his last start against Boston on Dec. 6, Anderson gave up three goals in a 4-0 loss. He hasn't started since Feb. 3 (the big comeback in Toronto) when Vokoun was sick as well. Since beating Pitt on Jan. 3, Anderson has made just three starts -- and Vokoun came on in relief in one of them.
''This is nothing I haven't been through before,'' Anderson said. ''You would like to play a lot and get into a rythm, but not everyone has that luxury. I have to be ready when called upon. It doesn't matter how many games you play. You have to be ready to play for your teammates.
''Today is a new day. I have to do something spectacular today like I did last year. That has to be the goal.''
Says Pete DeBoer: ''Like I've said all year: We have the luxury of having two starting goalies. It makes these kinds of decisions easy.''
-- PDeB on Jay Bouwmeester handling of the distraction that is trading day: ''He's been the consumate professional.''
-- Boston's Michael Ryder is back in the lineup after missing the past few weeks after busting up his mug in Ottawa, comes back tonight. It's a week of comebacks for the Panthers. Tonight Ryder, Thursday John Tortorella, Saturday it appears that Martin Brodeur will be in net for the Devils when Florida comes to Newark. Word is Brodeur could be in net when the Devils play Colorado on Thursday.
Brodeur is 31-12-7 against the Panthers lifetime. Not counting his 4-0 record against the Cats in the 2000 playoffs. Brodeur is 6-2-2 this season.