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Nathan Horton Hears a Comeback ... Saturday: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Florida Panthers

Horton1 Nathan Horton is close to returning to the Florida lineup, and it couldn't come soon enough.

The Panthers, who got goals from Stephen Weiss, Richard Zednik and Ville Peltonen in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs, could definitely use Horton's presence.

Horton didn't practice with the team today, but he's expected to be there for Saturday's morning skate at the Billboard and hopes to play Monday against the Carolina Hurricanes. Horton said today that he was out shooting pucks and that his surgically repaired finger feels OK. He wants to meet with his doctor after tomorrow's skate and hopes to be cleared.

He really wants to play against the Hurricanes.

Thursday's Game (and how it affected the Panthers): The Canadiens just don't seem to want to make the playoffs, do they? The Panthers go into today's action a point behind both the Hurricanes and Canadiens (who lost to Ottawa last night).

Friday's Games (and who the Panthers would be rooting for if they weren't at Miami Arena watching NCAA hoops)

Isles @ Hurricanes, 7: New York just doesn't have it, does it? Carolina is playing pretty well.

Kings @ Pens, 7:30: Pittsburgh's lead on FLA is down to four, and the Panthers sure would like to keep it that way.

Flyers @ Sabres, 7:30: Beefs trail Cats by four points, and they are cool with that.

The Standings (presented by Woodlands Country Club, the Circus Sports Bar & Grill; courtesy of TSN.ca/nhl)


RankTeamGPWLOTPTSGFGAHomeAwayLast 10Streak
1Boston7245171010023917024-6-621-11-43-5-2Lost 2
2Washington73452269623721226-9-219-13-45-4-1Won 2
3New Jersey70462139521817325-10-121-11-28-2-0Lost 1
4Philadelphia693722108422019921-10-416-12-64-5-1Lost 2
5Pittsburgh72382688422821820-12-318-14-58-0-2Won 2
6NY Rangers71372688218119321-10-416-16-46-3-1Won 2
7Montreal71362698121221521-7-615-19-34-4-2Lost 4
8Carolina72372878120420520-13-117-15-66-2-2Won 1
9Florida713526108019720019-10-616-16-44-4-2Won 1
10Buffalo70342887620519720-12-314-16-53-5-2Lost 2
11Toronto722930137121425513-13-916-17-45-4-1Lost 1
12Ottawa703030107018620419-12-611-18-47-2-1Won 3
13Atlanta71293666421624014-18-215-18-47-3-0Lost 1
14Tampa Bay712333156118623611-15-1012-18-53-4-3Lost 2
15NY Islanders70243885617622416-14-58-24-36-2-2Won 1


RankTeamGPWLOTPTSGFGAHomeAwayLast 10Streak
1x-Detroit714715910326420926-5-421-10-57-2-1Won 3
2y-San Jose7046141010222517328-3-418-11-64-5-1Won 1
3Calgary70412368823121523-8-418-15-25-5-0Won 1
4Vancouver70382398521319122-11-416-12-58-1-1Won 4
5Chicago693722108422518518-8-619-14-43-5-2Lost 4
6Columbus71372868019819923-11-214-17-47-3-0Won 1
7Edmonton70342797720221216-12-618-15-34-2-4Won 2
8Nashville72353077718419921-12-314-18-45-2-3Lost 2
9Minnesota70332987418017419-11-614-18-23-4-3Won 1
10Anaheim71343167419720617-16-317-15-35-4-1Won 2
11Dallas71333087420221719-13-414-17-44-5-1Lost 2
12St. Louis71323097319621019-13-513-17-45-4-1Lost 2
13Los Angeles703030107018520516-14-814-16-24-5-1Won 1
14Phoenix71293576517421818-14-311-21-42-6-2Lost 1
15Colorado72313926418822918-17-013-22-23-6-1Lost 3