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Kenndal McArdle Is Back With a New Number ... Bryan McCabe Makes Return vs. Red Wings ... Speaking of Detroit...

Mcardle Kenndal McArdle was brought up from Rochester last night as a precaution for Steve Bernier missing another game with the flu.

Bernier is fine, however, but McArdle will play against the Red Wings in place of Darcy Hordichuk. No injury on Hordichuk; Coach Pete DeBoer just feels a tough guy isn't needed against the Red Wings.

McArdle's No. 15 was given to Jack Skille, so McArdle is wearing No. 17.

Who else wore that number in Panthers history?

How about Jody Hull and Viktor Kozlov for starters. Oh yeah, Jason Podollan, Steve Washburn, Dwayne 'Wade' Hay, Greg Adams and Garth Murray did as well.

Why hasn't this number been retired yet?

-- Bryan McCabe will be in the lineup tonight with Gord Murphy telling me they are going to keep an eye on how much McCabe plays. He hasn't been in the lineup since breaking his jaw a month ago.

McCabe says he's excited to be back in the game.

The Panthers are too.

-- Tomas Vokoun goes against the Wings tonight.

Vokoun hasn't fared real well against Detroit over the course of his career. In 31 starts, he has just nine wins with a 3.20 GAA and a save percentage of 91.

Detroit Scott Clemmensen, FYI, beat the Wings at Joe Louis Arena last year, stopping 39 of 40 shots as Florida won in the D for the first time since 1996.

Florida has only won two games in Detroit in franchise history.

Bryan McCabe won last year's game with a goal in overtime.

-- The will be David Booth's second game against the Wings in his career. He missed one game in Detroit because of a knee injury, and was out for last year's win because of the concussion.

Booth Booth, imported from Detroit, was a minus-1 in Florida's 3-2 loss to the Wings at The Billboard on Nov. 14, 2008.


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IMO McCardle has never been given a decent opportunity here just like another typical bad move with Anthony Stewart.Stewart was given a shot with Atlanta and has flourished.McCardle has good jump but DeBoer wont play him.

Also keep playing Vokoun who gives up one softie in 4 of 5 games.Clemmer has won against Detroit but DeBoer again is to stubborn.

I believe Viktor Kozlov wore # 25 not 17

He did wear No. 25 ... As well as No. 17

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