TORONTO -- Sitting here in Toronto waiting for the big snow to hit. They say it's the biggest snowstorm to hit Toronto in three years. When it's the biggest snowstorm to hit Nashville, big deal. Toronto? This thing must be massive.
Anyway, the Panthers are scrambling for travel out of town after the game. Either they are going to fly out as soon as the game ends, or they may have to train it to Montreal.
We'll see what happens.
I may or may not be making it to Montreal.
-- Scott Timmins makes his NHL debut tonight, centering the fourth line with Michael Frolik and Darcy Hordichuk. Timmins, in his first pro seasons, has played in the Memorial Cup the past three seasons and played for coach Pete DeBoer in Kitchener.
Timmins, from Hamilton, will have his mom and dad as well as two brothers and a sister here in Toronto for his NHL debut. Kid grew up a Leafs fan, so he's pretty psyched to be getting his first NHL experience in Toronto.
Will have more from him later.
-- Timmins will wear No. 75. Who else has wore this number for the Panthers? Answer below.
-- Don't make a big deal out of Scott Clemmensen starting tonight. DeBoer told me that the plan all along was to start Clemmensen in Toronto (he plays well here) and Tomas Vokoun in Montreal tomorrow (he plays well there).
The coaching staff didn't think it was smart to roll Vokoun out on back-to-backs coming off a long weekend. Especially since the Panthers play Friday in Jersey and then are off again until Tuesday.
-- With Timmins up and Hordichuk in the lineup, that means Steve Bernier is out for a third straight game. He could be back in tomorrow against the Habs, although DeBoer may want to keep Hordichuk in there to keep the Canadiens honest.
-- Trivia Answer: Ha, trick question! Timmins will become the first Florida Panther to wear No. 75. Who knew?
-- Happy Birthday to Mitch Rubenstein of Fox Sports.