NEWARK – Nothing much going on around the Panthers today as they gear up to finish this six-game roadtrip that was split by the All-Star break.
Florida hasn't fared very well on this trip. If not for Mike Weaver's fluke goal against the Rangers, the Panthers may not have won a single game.
Right now they've had regulation losses to New Jersey, Boston and Montreal; a shootout loss to the Leafs and the win over the Rangers.
Still, Atlanta and Carolina haven't done anything either. As much as the Panthers have squandered opportunity to pick up real estate, the teams in front of Florida haven't gobbled up any more.
So, we'll see.
-- Tomas Vokoun is back in net tonight for the Panthers, although the Devils are going with Johan Hedberg instead of Martin Brodeur.
-- No call-up to replace Evgeny Dadonov, with Scott Timmins centering a fourth line with Darcy Hordichuk and Steve Bernier.
Michael Frolik is back on the top line with Stephen Weiss and Chris Higgins; Rostislav Olesz up with David Booth and Mike Santorelli. The Century Village Line, as usual, stays intact.
-- Speaking of that line, spoke to Radek Dvorak today about returning to Gold Coast, err, Glaciers Ice Arena for Saturday's afternoon practice.
He's pretty excited about going back in time and returning to the rink where it all started for him in the NHL – and for the Florida Panthers.
Will have more Gold Coast memories from Dvorak and Billy Lindsay later on.
Special thanks to Dara Ross for scanning these photos in.
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