Tuesday, March 8, 2011

PANTHERS GAME DAY - Florida vs Chicago 3/8/11 7:30 pm

Florida Panthers (26-31-9 61 points)
Chicago Blackhawks (37-23-6 80 points) 
Tuesday, March 8 7:30 PM BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, FL
TV: FS-Florida (Steve Goldstein/Bill Lindsay), CSN-Chicago (Pat Foley, Eddie Olczyk)
RADIO: 560 WQAM (Miami) (Randy Moller), WGN 720 The Fan (Chicago) (John Wiedemen, Troy Murray)

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The Florida Panthers return to action Tuesday after back to back overtime losses. On Sunday at the BankAtlantic Center, the Panthers fell 3-2 to the Washington Capitals, with the game winning goal scored under a minute into overtime.  The two teams will meet one more time this year, in Chicago. Florida and Chicago split the season series last year, in consecutive games to open the season in Helsinki, Finland. Both teams went different directions after that weekend. Chicago went on to win the Stanley Cup while Florida ended with the number-3 overall draft pick. The Panthers face the team their General Manager Dale Tallon helped build into a Stanley Cup Champion. Tallon also played for the team before spending the majority of his post-playing career in their front office

Booth (left) and Kennedy
at Michigan State

WELCOME, KID: The Panthers placed LW Tim Kennedy on re-entry waivers yesterday. He is expected to play in today's game if he clears. Any team that claims Kennedy would have to place him on their AHL roster and he will be ineligible for that team's playoff roster. Kennedy is expected to finish the season in Florida before moving back to Rochester to play in any playoff games they Americans appear in. Kennedy played 78 games with the Buffalo Sabres last year, scoring 10 goals and assisting 16 times. The Panthers acquired Kennedy from the New York Rangers in the Bryan McCabe deal February 26. Kennedy had spent the entire season in the AHL, playing for the Hartford Wolfpack, (or Connecticut Whale depending on who you ask) before moving to Rochester. Kennedy will be reunited with David Booth. Both players played on Michigan State in the 2005-06 season
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The tour of Panthers cast-aways continues today. Michael Frolik had a poor season with the Panthers before he was traded along with Alexander Salak for Jack Skille, Hugh Jessiman, and David Pacan. Jessiman appeared in two games before being sent back to Rochester, and Skille is out with an ankle injury and will not play in today's game. Frolik has heated up, with a three point game last week against Calgary. The 23 year old also scored a goal against Toronto Saturday night on Hockey Night in Canada. Those two goals, coupled with eight as a member of the Panthers put him at 10 for the season. He scored 21 goals in each of his first two NHL seasons. The Blackhawks are led by Jonathan Towes and Patrick Kane, both products of Dale Tallon drafts.

Dale Tallon's name on the Stanley Cup (third line, first name)
"TALL"ON ORDER: Dale Tallon's club is in controlled chaos. Tallon is in the process of rebuilding his club, much like he did just over four years ago in Chicago. Panthers fans could be catching a glimpse into the future tonight, but they also may be in store for a blowout. Many believe the Panthers will be a cup competitor and will be as good or better than the Blackhawks in four years or less. Tallon quit his job last year during the playoffs to join the Panthers. He was able to salvage a ring and get his name on the Cup after the team he created won it last year. Tallon says he has moved on to focus on the Panthers. He will not be traveling to Washington with the other members of the 2010 Cup Champions to meet President Obama on Friday.

FLA - Tomas Vokoun 20-23-5 2.62 GAA .920 SV %
CHI - Corey Crawford 26-12-3 2.19 GAA .920 SV %

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