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The Train Keeps on Chugging: Gregory Campbell Practices; Cory Stillman OUT

Monorail The Panthers were upbeat at practice today and why not? Sure, they lost last night to the Penguins, but they have still won eight of 12 and have points in two of those losses.

And the loss last night came in overtime. To the best team in the east. A team that is defending the crown.

So, it was a lost opportunity. But there's another tomorrow. And the day after Thanksgiving. And Saturday.

The Panthers don't have time to mope about spilled Crosby, nor bask in the glow of the that eight outta 12. Gots to move on. The Rangers are in town.

-- Gregory Campbell practiced today but was out on the ice real late. That means he's probably not going to play tomorrow. Pete DeBoer said he's doubtful but could return Friday against the Leafs. So that's good news.

-- More good news: Cory Stillman has what DeBoer says is a strained knee ligament. No surgery is needed. But he's still going to be out a month or so. And that's a lot of games for him to miss.

-- DeBoer joked that it's getting real crowded in the trainer's room and around the hot/cold tubs. All these games means no time to rest. So they have to keep up on the little injuries.

-- Big crowd expected at The Billboard on Wednesday and Friday. Should be a fun atmosphere.

-- Are these my readers? A Miami Herald poll yesterday asked which team y'all thought was the worst in the NHL.

The overwhelming winner with 55 percent of the vote?

The Florida Panthers.

I would think other people around the league don't buy that one bit. I wouldn't have said that last month when they won two of 10.

-- Don't forget, I'm joining Andy and the Amigo on AM-640 in Laudy each Tuesday around 6:05. You have been warned.

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I would not call the Panthers the worse team in the NHL right now, I would say the Maple Leafs are.

Having said that, I also would trade the Panthers roster for every roster in the league. I know that every team has strengths and weaknesses, but the panthers do not appear to be ready for the long term.

When a team turns around its defense every year there are problems. When they don't address their biggest weakness (size down the middle) there are problems.

I will say also that Horton is playing like he should have been playing the past 5 years, he is getting into the areas where he can cause problems for the other team. For the first quarter of this season he gets my most improved player award.

Worst team? Nope, there are others that are worse. I know I know. Why state the obvious, right?

what about the canes? they're still in the doldrums with toronto. the panthers are certainly NOT the worst team in the NHL right now.

It's because 55% of Miami Herald readers can't name another NHL team...

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