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Panthers Mix Things Up in Calgary ... Huffing and Puffing ... Beezer is Honored

Calgary CALGARY – The Panthers have played two strong games to open the season, only a lack of scoring has kept them winless.

Florida has scored just three goals in losses at Edmonton and Vancouver, so heading into Thursday's game against the host Flames, coach Pete DeBoer – who expressed he's not married to any line combinations – has switched things up.

“We have to find scoring and don't have the luxury to wait 10 or 15 games and hope it works,'' said DeBoer. “We have to move things around until we start putting the puck in the net.''

DeBoer changed his lines in the third period of Monday's 2-1 loss to the Canucks and unveiled new combinations in Wednesday's afternoon practice at the Saddledome. David Booth is off the top line, with Chris Higgins joining Stephen Weiss and Michael Frolik.

Booth will join center Shawn Matthias and winger Rostislav Olesz on the second line.

“I don't think it came from bad play, we just need to get some goals,'' said Weiss. “It's a long season and you will have to switch things up at times. We have a lot of new players. We need to find some chemistry.''

The third line has quite a bit of experience as veterans Cory Stillman, Radek Dvorak and Marty Reasoner have joined forces. That trio has a combined 43 years of NHL experience between them. It would be easy to come up with a nickname for this line, but Dvorak says it's way to early for any of that.

“We have a lot of experience because we're old,'' said Dvorak, now in his ninth season with the Panthers. “It's good to play with these two, we've all been in the league a long time. We know each other and know what to do. It's nice. Hopefully we contribute some offense and help the team win some games.''

It appears Kenndal McArdle will come off the bench and play in his first game Thursday. He's on the fourth line with Mike Santorelli and Steve Bernier. Darcy Hordichuk and Steven Reinprecht appear to be the healthy scratches.

-- DeBoer split the team up for a shootout drill in which if a player missed a shot his team had to skate up-and-back sprints from the side boards. If the other team scored, the losing team also had to skate. Well, one side did most of the skating as it was made up of mostly defensemen.

Starting goalie Tomas Vokoun didn't let up, leading some players to joke that if Vokoun faces a lot of shots on Thursday, he'll know why.

“It's his own fault, he left us out to dry out there by not letting us score,'' said a sweat-soaked Bryan McCabe. “When you have to skate back-and-forth 40 times in five minutes, you're going to get gassed. The odds were stacked against us. Hey, we're saving our goals for games.''

Beezer -- Former goalie John Vanbiesbrouck will become the second member of the Panthers to be inducted into the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 9. Vanbiesbrouck was Florida's first pick in the 1993 expansion draft and led the team to the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals.

Vanbiesbrouck never played a game in Broward County as a member of the Panthers because he was traded to Philadelphia just before the Sunrise arena opened in 1998. Panthers alternate governor Bill Torrey is also a member of the Broward Hall.

Ollicalgary Where, When: Calgary Saddledome, 9:30 p.m.
TV/Radio: FS Florida; 560-AM
The Series: Flames lead 11-7-3
The Game: The Panthers won the previous meeting in Calgary on Dec. 12, 2008, when Stephen Weiss scored the shootout winner. Florida lost to the Flames in Sunrise last season. .-.-. Calgary, featuring former Panthers Olli Jokinen and Bocalgary Jay Bouwmeester, is pretty banged up with eight regulars nursing some sort of injury. .-.-. A loss in regulation would give Florida its second 0-3 start since 2007-08.


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Reinprecht must have really showed nothing at camp for him not to get a start tomorrow night.

Panthers PP is awful! 0-8. If we add last season into it, it would be more.

No suprise that DeBoer would sit Hordichuk!

I don't think its necessary to shuffle lines at this point--change the PP unit!!

DeBoer gets a pass on Hordichuk because Calgary is decimated by injuries.

Im sure that he will be back in the lineup for the Lightening game.

No skill on this team means no wins.They are hustling but dont have talent.Cant fault them for effort.Grabner now with isles makes beautiful pass to Nino Neidemeier who buries puck(we took Gudbranson and we could taken him (a typical panther screwup)We are only team not to sign top 10 draft pick.DeBoer needs to worry about power play instead of juggling lines.He is a minor league coach at best.

interesting every move..

Last year Reinprecht started well. Matthias has done nothing except for the time he was called up from juniors a few years ago and scored a couple of goals, since then he has been pretty much useless. At least with Reinprecht you have somebody that has a scored. Reinprecht is one of the few players that can score, Matthias is the second coming of Rostislav Olesz, you keep hoping he will be a goal scorer but nothing changes.


This team has been a joke since 2000. The team cant score and the organization made a number of horrible moves this season ALREADY! Grabner should be here, Gudbranson should be in MINORS NOT JUNIORS. NOW HE'S NOT GOING TO MATURE. WHAT A WASTE OF A TEAM AND FRANCHISE. GOTTA SCORE TO WIN, WE DONT. I GIVE THIS TEAM 20 WINS AT BEST THIS SEASON.



its sad this team hasn't done anything since that cup run in 96. It's currently 2010 fellas, if you guys in the front office haven't woken up now, you never will.

hope Jokinen and Bouw score tonight.

Brian-nobody wants Olesz with his big contract and no heart.Horton was only asset that anyone wanted and ge wanted out.Nobody will pay Reinprechts contract or Stillman contract,Allen has bad knees,MCabe is to old.The biggest joke was Gudbranson because they were to cheap to pay him to play in AHL.I bet he cops resentment over that.No develpment no NHL player.Its obvious they written off this year as the Dollar store franchise.Martins mistakes signing these aging veterans to 3 yr contracts at silly prices plus giving Olesz a 3 yr deal at that rate.Matthias is lucky to be 4th liner with real hockey franchise.I think Vokoun earns his money for sure.Booth is ONE hit away from a career ending concussion.McCardle has jump but is injury prone.Santorelli has a little promise.Weiss is OK.Garrison is OK .Kulikov is good.I like Dvorak and Hordichuck has heart and goes to net.We could have drafted Neidemeier who can score now but they take a 17 yr old who they dont want to pay.Grabner should have been given a been given a better chance.

Guys, lets please get one thing straight: Gudbranson CANNOT play in the AHL until next season because of his age. He could either play in the NHL with the Panthers or in juniors. That's it. It's obvious the Panthers are in no rush to have Gudbranson play in the NHL and possibly burn the first year of his entry level deal. He'll sign for the big money next year and there will be openings for him to actually make the team and contribue.

Uh...Folks, Gudbranson is not old enough yet to play in the AHL. His only option was to play in Juniors or be on the Panther NHL line up. He also was injured for half the season last year in Juniors. Let him sit in Juniors a year, and make the leap to the NHL when he has lasted a whole season in juniors uninjured. There really is no rush in signing him.

The defense has looked good. The problem is most of our forwards cant find the net even with a map. Need snipers big time.

Reinprecht is a waste of space. I would let a younger kid play with some speed than Reinprecht.

Grabner has only had one assist since joining the Islanders. He is only in the lineup because Traveres and Shremp are hurt. Grabner looks like Oslez to me. If you cant make the Panthers, you have some serious issues.

As a side note, the Panthers have Reinprecht and McArdle sitting in the press box. The Panthers organization is not being cheap or they would have waived them off the team already like last season.

Im rooting for a win tonight!

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