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Stormy Night in Raleigh

Stormy1RALEIGH -- Welcome to Opening Night, Tobacco Road style as the Florida Panthers open up against the homestanding Hartford/Carolina WhalerCanes.

It's raining outside, but nice and comfy inside the RBC Center, one of the few rinks with a scoreboard as bad as BankAtlantic Center -- although this place beats BAC for its meaningless banners. BAC may have Celine Dion, but N.C. State has papered the rafters with more plastic than you'd find on South Beach tonight.

Anyway, we're about to get going here as the Hurricanes are being introduced to the home crowd. No one has dived yet, so that's good. Fun to come up here and not have to talk about that during the morning skate. Believe it or not, but Pete DeBoer didn't bring that subject up.

The Booth-Weiss-Zednik lines starts tonight, with Bo and Allen starting on the blueline.

Updates throughout the game, but since it's on TV and radio, nothing LIVE! tonight.

But feel free to keep coming back. Should be fun.

PS: That picture is of the Carolina mascot, Stormy.

--As I've said before, love the personal TVs we have up here in the pressbox. Just watched some Family Guy, now the Seinfeld 'Chinese Restaurant' episode is on. Plus the baseball. Lot of choices. And hockey too!


-- Happy Hockey Season everyone!