NEW YORK – The Panthers are winning games but losing bodies. On Friday, both Cory Stillman and Gregory Campbell suffered injuries that kept them out of Saturday's game at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers.
Stillman injured his left knee during the Panthers victory in Detroit; Campbell also suffered undisclosed injuries coach Pete DeBoer described as ''a bunch of little things going on.''
The severity of Stillman's injury is not yet known as he is icing the knee and awaiting a visit with team doctors Sunday in Weston. The Panthers hope the injury is only minor. Earlier this season, Radek Dvorak returned under three weeks after injuring his left knee in Philadelphia.
'I don't think it's minor but I don't think it's surgery major,'' DeBoer said about Stillman before Saturday's game. ''It's somewhere in between. But it's significant enough that he'll be out for a little while.''
In response, the Panthers recalled forwards Shawn Matthias and Michael Repik from their AHL affiliate in Rochester, N.Y. Matthias was in the lineup Saturday, Repik wasn't.
With the Panthers playing every other day until Christmas, nagging injuries could become a problem for the team as there are few days to heal up.
General manager Randy Sexton seems confident in Florida's talent on the farm and Matthias was in his sixth game with the Panthers this season having made the team out of training camp.
''When we call guys up,'' Sexton said, ''we want them to play a meaningful role and not just take up a roster spot.''
The Panthers played seven defensemen on Saturday with Ville Koistinen playing for the first time since Nov. 7. Koistinen didn't see much action in the first period but was on both power play chances. He was charged with a penalty on Florida's second power play late in the first.
''Fresh legs,'' DeBoer said without further comment on Koistinen.
The Panthers had a successful three game road trip and return home to face the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins at home Monday. The Panthers expect a large crowd Monday – and not only because of the opponent, although Sidney Crosby and Co. sure help.
Florida will unveil its new third jersey on Monday and after beating Detroit on Friday for the first time since 1996, the Panthers hope people are paying attention again. Heading into Saturday's game, Florida had won seven of 10 with victories to start the road trip in Buffalo and Detroit.
''We want people to notice,'' said Nathan Horton. ''We want to put things together and keep winning. We're having a lot of fun and want to keep it going.''
-- Tomas Vokoun was back in net for the Panthers on Saturday. Scott Clemmensen stopped 39 shots in Florida's 2-1 win at Detroit the night before.