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Saturday Night Hockey: Nathan Horton OUT ... Monday's Game ON Center Ice ... Hot Air Anthem

Signads The good news for those driving along the Sawgrass Expressway is that the new 'Vegas-style' marquee is up and operational in front of the Billboard.

Good news if you like ads for insurance, real estate, Dutch beer and the lottery.

If you don't, well, just keep driving. You aren't missing anything.

-- Nathan Horton didn't partake in the pregame skate, so he won't play tonight. Will try and get an update on his status for Monday as we go.

-- The Panthers just told me that the NHL is lifting the NHL exclusive for Monday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes, although the only place to watch it will be on Center Ice.

The team says since neither Fox Florida nor Fox Carolina is picking up the game (too late to do so), the broadcast will be the spartan in-house camera angles with Randy 'Ma! The Meatloaf!' Moller and Billy 'I Beat the Bruins' Lindsay doing the radio simulcast. 

I've said it once, I'll say it again: The Versus exclusive needs to go. It's a joke. And it sure doesn't serve the fan. It serves only one interest and that's marginally boosting the ratings of a network the league probably shouldn't be on in the first place.

Gumsmurphy Enrico -- National anthem singer Graham Fandrei set a personal Panthers record today by singing the Anthem in 1:45.

His previous longest was 1:41, set Thursday night against the Maple Leafs.

Congrats Graham.

 -- Tonight is Dillard's night at the Billboard, the team apparently honoring the Fort Lauderdale High School. They do share the same nickname, after all.

Otisgray The shot at right is of the late, great, Otis Gray.

To you, Mr. Dillard.

-- Chris Gratton is up here in the press box taking in the sights and sounds that is Sunrise hockey. Says he thinks the Panthers are going to be a very tough team to play when they make the playoffs. And he thinks they're going to make the playoffs.

He says hello to everyone.

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THIS TEAM IS A JOKE! PATHETIC HOW THIS FRAGILE TEAM JUST FOLDED AT THE END.

SEASON OVER.

THIS TEAM SUCKS,JM LOST THE SEASON FOR US.WHY NOT PIC UP SOME SCORING.YOUR NOT MAKING THE PLAYOFFS SCORING 1 F@#%ING GOAL.WE SUCKKK

ok, i think its best we calmed down a little here guys. the stinkin habs also lost - it means were still just one point out of eighth?!ok so we cud've leapfrogged em' n' been in a playoff position as i speak :S...but the fact remains that were still in the think of the hunt!!

again, late season blow up to end playoff hopes... This team need leadership and a captain. They don't have HEART!

I respect everything this team has done this season, but they don't deserve to make it!

First question is why Cullimore with his minus 11, playing instead of Boynton with his plus 3. Cullimore is too slow and gets beat in the corners setting up the goal.

Looking at the schedules of Montreal, Carolina (only including them because we have 2 games in hand) and the Panthers, the Panthers will have to go 7 and 3 (they have to beat Carolina in regulation to do this) and they would make the playoffs if Montreal goes 6 and 4 and/or Carolina goes 4 and 4.

Looking at the Panther schedule and the way they are playing does anyone realisticly see 7 wins out of 10, they have Carolina, at Buffalo, at Philly twice, at Dallas, Ottawa, Atlanta, Pittsburgh at Atlanta and Washington at home.

Carolina is at Florida, Ottawa, at NJ, NYR, Pittsburgh, NYI, Buffalo and at NJ.

Monday is do or die.

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