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PANTHERS NOTES: Gudbranson Out for Weekend; Kuba Returns ... Panthers Take Over MSG

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NEW YORK - Defenseman Erik Gudbranson suffered an undisclosed injury to a hand or wrist late in Thursday's 6-1 loss to the Rangers.

Coach Kevin Dineen said nothing was broken although Gudbranson didn't practice Friday and isn't expected to play in Florida's final two games of the road trip.

Filip Kuba, who has missed the past two games, will be back in the lineup Saturday.

"Gudbranson is out for the weekend although it's not anything we're worried about long-term,'' Dineen said. "It's just best to keep him out through the weekend.''

-- As they have for the past three days, the Panthers practiced at Chelsea Piers in midtown Manhattan on Friday.

Because the locker room space there is small, the Panthers have dressed at Madison Square Garden then boarded a bus for practice. The team would then get back on the bus after practice and return to the Garden.

With the Rangers off to Buffalo, the Panthers pretty much had the Garden to themselves on Friday as workers covered up the ice and put down the basketball court for Saturday's playoff opener between the Knicks and Celtics.

-- Defenseman Alex Petrovic made his NHL debut at the Garden on Thursday night and still seemed excited about it a day later. Petrovic, who made his professional debut last spring with the AHL Rampage, likely would have been called up earlier this season but was injured.

"Now I can take a deep breath,'' Petrovic said Friday. "I think I did pretty good. There's no better place to play your first game than New York. Even though we lost, I'll never forget it.''

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