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New Lines in Coral Springs ... Tomas Vokoun IN ... The Rangers Lose ... Scoreboard Watching on a Saturday ... Scores, Standings

Truck2With the Panthers desperate for some offense after scoring just one goal Friday night in a loss to Atlanta, coach Pete DeBoer mixed things up today in practice at Incredible Ice.

DeBo says he's trying to find some new combinations and he hopes this gives Florida a spark Sunday against the Penguins.

New Lines:

Radek Dvorak-Stephen Weiss-Cory Stillman

David Booth-Nathan Horton-Richard Zednik

Rostislav Olesz-Gregory Campbell-Ville Peltonen

Brett McLean-Kamil Kreps-Michael Frolik

-- Biggest news of the day is the return of one Tomas Vokoun to the pipes tomorrow. Vokoun has sat out the past four games, with Craig Anderson sparking the Panthers to three wins. DeBo says Anderson didn't lose the gig last night, and thought he played well. But, Vokoun ''is our money guy.''

My thought: Good move. You have to put Vokoun in right now, although there could really be an argument made to keep Anderson in there. But Vokoun deserves the shot, and he's played well against the Pens in the past.

DeBo said historical performance has little to do with the decision. Perhaps all this rest was nothing but good for Vokoun. We'll sure find out.

-- Not a whole lot else. Oh, the lights went out at II and the Panthers never skipped a beat. It felt very cozy in there with only the emergency lights on.

-- Friday's Games (and how they affected the Panthers): Buffalo wins, now two back of Los Panteros. Bad loss for the Cats, bad loss.

Sabado -- Saturday's Games (and who the Panthers would be rooting for if they weren't so busy watching Sabado Gigante)

@ Bruins 1, Rangers 0: Another big loss for the Blueshirts. Rangers have dropped two straight, scoring two goals in the process. Florida still trails by two, but has one game in hand but two fewer losses. Again, Friday night's loss was huge. Panthers with a win would be tied in points with a game in hand.

Devils @ Sabres, 7: Sabres probably get two and even things withFlorida as the Devils have hit a real rough patch. Panthers hope NJs wake up tonight.

Penguins @ Hurricanes, 7: Doesn't really matter to Panthers, but they sure would love to see this one go deep into a shootout. Pens are here tomorrow at 5.

Canadiens @ Maple Leafs, 7: Canadiens are probably too far gone, but one never knows.

-- The Standings (presented by the NCAA Final Four and courtesy of TSN.ca. Does not include Rangers/Boston game from earlier today.)

Eastern

Rank Team GP W L OT PTS GF GA Home Away Last 10 Streak
1 y-Boston 77 50 17 10 110 259 181 27-6-6 23-11-4 7-2-1 Won 5
2 y-Washington 78 47 23 8 102 254 230 28-9-3 19-14-5 6-2-2 Lost 1
3 x-New Jersey 78 48 26 4 100 234 199 27-11-1 21-15-3 3-6-1 Won 1
4 Philadelphia 77 42 25 10 94 252 225 23-12-4 19-13-6 5-5-0 Won 1
5 Carolina 78 43 28 7 93 224 216 24-13-1 19-15-6 7-1-2 Won 7
6 Pittsburgh 77 42 27 8 92 245 226 24-13-3 18-14-5 7-1-2 Won 3
7 Montreal 77 40 27 10 90 235 231 24-8-7 16-19-3 4-3-3 Won 2
8 NY Rangers 78 40 29 9 89 201 212 24-11-4 16-18-5 5-4-1 Lost 1
 
9 Florida 78 38 29 11 87 219 221 20-12-7 18-17-4 4-4-2 Lost 1
10 Buffalo 77 38 30 9 85 233 224 22-13-3 16-17-6 5-3-2 Won 1
11 Toronto 78 32 33 13 77 238 281 15-14-9 17-19-4 5-5-0 Lost 1
12 Ottawa 77 33 34 10 76 203 222 20-12-6 13-22-4 6-4-0 Lost 2
13 Atlanta 78 34 38 6 74 243 265 17-19-2 17-19-4 7-3-0 Won 4
14 Tampa Bay 78 24 36 18 66 201 260 12-16-11 12-20-7 2-4-4 Lost 5
15 NY Islanders 77 25 43 9 59 193 254 16-16-6 9-27-3 3-6-1 Lost 3
 

Western

Rank Team GP W L OT PTS GF GA Home Away Last 10 Streak
1 y-San Jose 77 51 15 11 113 247 189 31-3-4 20-12-7 7-2-1 Won 3
2 y-Detroit 77 49 19 9 107 283 230 26-8-4 23-11-5 5-4-1 Lost 3
3 x-Vancouver 77 42 25 10 94 236 210 22-11-5 20-14-5 7-2-1 Lost 1
4 x-Chicago 77 42 24 11 95 249 208 23-9-7 19-15-4 5-3-2 Won 2
5 x-Calgary 78 44 28 6 94 244 237 25-10-4 19-18-2 4-6-0 Lost 1
6 Columbus 77 40 29 8 88 214 212 25-12-2 15-17-6 6-2-2 Won 1
7 Anaheim 78 40 32 6 86 230 225 19-17-3 21-15-3 8-2-0 Won 3
8 St. Louis 78 38 31 9 85 220 226 22-13-5 16-18-4 7-2-1 Won 1
 
9 Nashville 78 38 32 8 84 198 214 23-12-4 15-20-4 5-2-3 Lost 2
10 Minnesota 78 37 32 9 83 200 189 21-11-7 16-21-2 5-4-1 Won 1
11 Edmonton 78 36 33 9 81 222 238 16-16-6 20-17-3 4-6-0 Lost 3
12 Dallas 78 34 34 10 78 218 244 19-16-5 15-18-5 2-6-2 Lost 1
13 Phoenix 78 34 37 7 75 197 236 22-14-3 12-23-4 6-3-1 Won 3
14 Los Angeles 77 31 35 11 73 194 224 16-15-8 15-20-3 2-6-2 Lost 3
15 Colorado 77 31 44 2 64 193 250 18-20-0 13-24-2 2-7-1 Lost 8

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Is Olesz double shifting or is Frolik playing with Pelts and Soup?

frolik with kreps and mclean..sorry...

It doesn't really matter which goalie plays, when the rest of the players can't play better than last night--VERY DISAPPOINTING... The fans were just dying for something to cheer for and NADA...They probably could've sold some more tickets with a decent showing, but now people realize this is the same old thing over and over again...They had a nice run with limited talent...Too bad because PDB has done a tremendous job with this group...Yes still a decent season overall, but how long do we have to wait for some exciting hockey players here!!

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