The Panthers are entertaining the Boston Bruins in a special going-against-NFL Sunday afternoon game. Kickoff for this one is 5 p.m.
Despite the football deal, looks like we might have a nice crowd here. We're 10 minutes away and there are quote a few folks in the upper reaches of the upper deck.
Should be a pretty good game Come on down if you have the time.
The ice looks good, the glass is finally in place and we're about ready for hockey.
Scott Clemmensen is in net today for the Cats although I don't know Pete's rationale for this so don't ask. Will get the explanation after the game.
Assuming Pete wanted Clemmensen to get some work in; he hasn't played since losing to Carolina on Dec. 19. But that was only two games ago. Now, you're looking at Tomas Vokoun getting eight days between starts figuring he plays New Year's Eve against those pesky Canadiens.
Saw Tomas yesterday and he didn't look sick, although he may have come down with something overnight. And that was pure speculation on my part. Comes free with your paid admission to the blog.
UPDATE: Pete told Clemmensen he was going to start Sunday before the Christmas break. He says he wants to give Tomas some true time off.
-- Rostislav Olesz does have the flu and is out for today's game. Shawn Matthias was called up yesterday to take his place. Kamil Kreps, out since the Atlanta game, is back in.
-- Panthers are wearing the Pittsburgh/Carolina blues today. Bruins in their traditional whites with black pants.
-- The Panthers will practice at 10:30 a.m. in Coral Springs on Monday.