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Florida Panthers Learning Rules of the Road ... Rochester Callup Coming ... Jason Garrison Looking Better

Roadtrip Panthers coach Pete DeBoer remembers a time when his team had one of the best road records in the league.

Problem was, that team couldn't win at home.

It's still early in the season, but DeBoer now faces a similar predicament. The Panthers have played well at home, winning five of their first seven in Sunrise. Wins have been hard to come by away from South Florida, however. The Panthers are just 2-6 on enemy ice.

"It's like fingers in the dike: Plug one hole up and another one pops open,'' DeBoer said with a laugh. "That's coaching. You get one thing fixed and another thing needs to be looked at.''

Although the record doesn't reflect strong road play, the Panthers have been pretty good on the road.

Florida went 1-2 in its opening trip to western Canada and very well could have had an additional win. Same goes for the 1-2 trip to eastern Canada late last month.

"The last couple of games have been back-to-backs and we didn't get the game we wanted,'' said center Stephen Weiss. "We're going to get wins on the road. We have a lot of time to get this fixed. We've played some good hockey on the road. Now we just have to get the results.''

The Panthers are in the midst of a four-game road trip, although it feels much shorter since the team returned home from Philadelphia on Sunday morning and won't leave for Atlanta until Tuesday afternoon.

Florida has some challenges on this trip as they play Atlanta and Boston on consecutive nights before visiting a very desperate Islanders team on Saturday. Things will not get easier as the Panthers play 12 of their next 18 on the road.

"As coaches we look at the weekly picture, we have three games and need two of three wins,'' said DeBoer. "We need to find some points on the road. We haven't been good enough at that so far. Now's the time we fix the problem and get through the tough stretch OK.''


The Panthers haven't announced who is coming up from their AHL affiliate in Rochester, N.Y., but with Steve Bernier out a month with a broken orbital bone, it's apparent someone is.

The Panthers could go for the skill of winger Michal Repik, whose four goals and 18 assists have him tied for second in the AHL. Kenndal McArdle was the last cut from the team and could be brought up to take Bernier's spot on the fourth line.

General manager Dale Tallon will likely make the call-up Tuesday night in order to have the player in Atlanta for Wednesday's morning skate.

"I think you want to reward the guys doing well down there,'' said DeBoer. "We'll plug them in where they fit.''

-- Defenseman Jason Garrison looks to be healthy enough to play on Wednesday which means the Panthers will likely send Keaton Ellerby back to Rochester.