All members of the Florida Panthers made it home from Christmas safe and sound, although it sounds like Gregory Campbell and Cory Stillman had quite a bit of fun fighting the security lines today coming back from Canada.
Seems that clown from the Detroit flight has made things a little tighter and put security on edge. Nothing like a little knee-jerk reaction to make everyone feel safer.
The Panthers had a full practice at Incredible Ice this afternoon and quite a few fans showed up to watch. Was nice to have a little atmosphere at the rink.
Stillman and Victor Oreskovich were late to practice because of their flights home, but both ended up working out on the ice following practice. Rostislav Olesz is suffering from the flu and missed practice, with coach Pete DeBoer saying he'll probably miss tomorrow's game against the Bruins.
Shawn Matthias was recalled from Rochester on Saturday night and will likely take Olesz's spot in the lineup.
Because of the compressed schedule, the Panthers have had little to no practice time. It's been morning skate or nothing since this run of 24 games in six weeks started in Boston on Nov. 12.
"It felt like I hadn't run a practice in a month,'' DeBoer joked.
-- Nick Tarnasky was on the ice today and will be in the lineup tomorrow against the Bruins. He's wearing a visor, something he's not used to doing. He was trying to explain why today, as if embarassed about it, but the guy had a bone in his face broken in a fight and had other problems that went with it. He needs to wear that shield.
-- Ville Koistinen was at the rink today, talking to his teammates. DeBoer thinks he's going to have surgery on his injured knee soon.
-- Dmitry Kulikov will not need surgery on his injured knee, but he's out for a bit. Expect him back in mid-January.
-- Same with David Booth. He skated before the rest of the team took to the ice.
-- Cory Stillman is expected back Thursday against Montreal. Pete joked that he didn't have any setbacks "passing out the presents.''