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Hockey Day in Sunrise ... Boston Bruins @ Florida Panthers ... Nasty Nick IN, Brett McLean OUT ... More from Randy Moller ... Saturday Standings and Scoreboard

Hockeyday Nothing finer than Hockey Day in Canada, with coverage from CBC on the NHL Network as we speak.

Lots of fun, with a lot of the programing surrounding small-town Canadian hockey.

This year's Hockeyville: Campbellton, New Brunswick.

Check it out if you would. The CBC does a great job with this all-day coverage, the highlights of which are the three games involving all six Canadian teams. The biggie, of course, is Mats Sundin and the Luongos going into Toronto tonight.

Montreal and Ottawa kick off the Canadian NHL games today at 3.

-- Mmmmm. Timbits.

-- Big doings in Pantherland, the Bruins coming to town and creating quite a buzz. Tonight's game is expected to be only the second sellout of the season. Opening Night was close. Should be a good atmosphere in North Weston tonight.

David J. Neal, sure you all remember him, writes about Panther Hysteria in a rare 1A feature.

Good crowd at the morning skate today. Nice seeing everyone.

-- Speaking of links, Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post writes about Randy Moller and his crazy goal calls. Why link to a Post story? Word is we share things now. Sometime they run my stuff. Or so I've heard.

Here's the original story from Barry Jackson way back in December.

-- Oh, what the heck: Here's Mollers' YouTube clip. Enjoy.

-- Pete DeBoer is mixing things up a little bit, sitting Brett McLean and putting Nick Tarnasky back in the lineup. PDeB says it wasn't a message thing, saying no one plays harder than McLean and that Tarnasky has fresh legs and deserves a spot in the lineup.

Also, putting in Nick toughens things up a bit in case Boston wants to mix things up. The Panthers do need more production from McLean but the entire fourth line.

Anthony Stewart is getting chances, so is Kamil Kreps. McLean had a big scoring opportunity Thursday. But they need to start taking advantage. That fourth line doing something offensively would be a huge lift.

-- T-Vo goes tonight.

-- Former Panther Chris Gratton is finally done with the Lightning, picked up by Columbus off waivers. Good for him. He'll dig C-bus (and dig the postseason).

-- Friday's Games (and what they meant to the Panthers): Tampa Bay did the Panthers no favors, giving up two in the third at Carolina as the Hurricanes moved to within a point of seventh/eighth.

Colorado put a hurting on the Caps (not that it matters) and the Red Wings seemed to be on the Belle Tire power play throughout the second in their win over Anaheim. The Ducks are in trouble.

-- Saturday's Games (and who I think the Panthers would be rooting for if they were into such things)

Tooclose Pens @ Flyers, now: Game is tied at 1 as I write this. Panthers are rooting for Flyers; Pens are getting too close for comfort (remember that show? The Cosmic Cow? The hot daughters? Judge Smails? Good stuff).

UPDATE: Pens win 5-4 in regulation. That means the Pens (with Sergei Gonchar back) are poised to make a nice run. Pens are two points back but Panthers have played two fewer games. Still.

Hawks @ Stars, now: No real interest.

Sens @ Canadiens: Rooting for the Sens. They're probably out of it but the Panthers are chasing the scandal-plagued Habs.

UPDATE: Alex Kovalev sure looks relaxed, doesn't he?

Coyotes @ Kings, 4: No real interest, although the Kings are trying to get into the playoffs. Well, the Dogs are too.

Thrashers @ Sharks, 4: Atlanta is still on the road? Geez.

Rangers @  Sabres, 7: Tough one here. Panthers are just hoping this one doesn't go to overtime. Panthers have one left against Rangers (Thursday at MSG) and two in Beefalo. So I guess Buffalo.

Canucks @ Leafs, 7: No real interest, although it should be fun to see if Mats gets the Bryan McCabe treatment.

Devils @ Islanders, 7: Islanders. Why not.

Bruins @ Panthers, 7: Florida is rooting for the Bruins in this one. They're like that you know.

Ducks @ Jackets, 7: Ducks really need this one. Right now the word to describe their game ryhmes with duck.

Wings @ Wild, 8: Minny is trying really hard to get into the playoffs, but this game isn't too important since Mike Russo is here in Florida. OK, he's going to a wedding. That's a good excuse.

Preds @ Blues, 8:30: I don't think I want to comment on this game.

Flames @ Oil, 10: Final game of Hockey Day in Canada. Should be a wild night in Red Deer.

The Standings (brought to you by Tim Hortons)



DIV GP W L OT Pts GF GA Home Away L10 Streak
1 NE 58 40 10 8 88 197 131 19-4-4 21-6-4 5-2-3 Won 1
2 ATL 59 38 18 3 79 182 147 19-10-1 19-8-2 7-3-0 Won 1
3 SE 59 37 17 5 79 196 170 23-5-1 14-12-4 7-2-1 Lost 1
4 ATL 56 31 16 9 71 185 164 17-7-3 14-9-6 6-4-0 Won 3
5 ATL 59 31 22 6 68 147 163 18-9-3 13-13-3 2-6-2 Won 1
6 NE 59 30 22 7 67 179 181 17-6-4 13-16-3 2-7-1 Lost 3
7 SE 58 29 21 8 66 164 159 16-8-5 13-13-3 6-4-0 Lost 1
8 NE 59 30 23 6 66 175 166 16-11-2 14-12-4 5-4-1 Lost 1

9 SE 60 30 25 5 65 157 174 15-13-1 15-12-4 6-4-0 Won 2
10 ATL 59 28 25 6 62 178 182 16-12-2 12-13-4 4-4-2 Won 1
11 NE 57 22 26 9 53 141 163 12-10-5 10-16-4 5-3-2 Lost 2
12 NE 58 21 26 11 53 175 214 10-11-7 11-15-4 4-3-3 Lost 2
13 SE 59 19 28 12 50 148 188 10-12-8 9-16-4 2-6-2 Lost 4
14 SE 59 21 32 6 48 175 208 9-17-2 12-15-4 4-5-1 Lost 1
15 ATL 58 17 35 6 40 140 198 11-13-4 6-22-2 3-6-1 Lost 2




DIV GP W L OT Pts GF GA Home Away L10 Streak
1 PAC 56 39 8 9 87 196 139 25-2-3 14-6-6 4-2-4 Won 2
2 CEN 59 39 12 8 86 226 172 22-4-3 17-8-5 8-1-1 Won 2
3 NW 58 34 18 6 74 184 171 20-7-4 14-11-2 4-4-2 Won 1
4 CEN 56 33 15 8 74 190 140 15-4-5 18-11-3 7-3-0 Won 3
5 NW 58 29 21 8 66 178 168 14-11-4 15-10-4 7-2-1 Won 3
6 CEN 59 30 23 6 66 163 164 19-9-2 11-14-4 6-3-1 Won 2
7 PAC 57 29 21 7 65 173 176 17-7-4 12-14-3 7-3-0 Won 2
8 NW 58 29 25 4 62 163 179 13-11-3 16-14-1 4-5-1 Lost 2

9 PAC 60 28 27 5 61 168 175 15-13-3 13-14-2 4-6-0 Lost 3
10 NW 56 28 24 4 60 144 132 17-11-4 11-13-0 5-4-1 Lost 3
11 PAC 57 25 23 9 59 152 164 13-12-8 12-11-1 5-3-2 Lost 1
12 CEN 59 27 28 4 58 141 168 16-11-2 11-17-2 5-4-1 Lost 3
13 CEN 58 25 26 7 57 165 177 15-11-4 10-15-3 5-2-3 Won 1
14 NW 59 28 30 1 57 163 181 17-14-0 11-16-1 5-5-0 Won 3
15 PAC 59 26 28 5 57 150 181 17-12-2 9-16-3 2-8-0 Won 1

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