Wednesday, March 23, 2011 8:30 PM; United Center, Chicago, IL
TV: FS-Florida, CSN-Chicago
RADIO: 560 WQAM (Miami) 720 AM WGN (Chicago)
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DAY 2: Just 22 1/2 hours after starting their game in New York, the Panthers will drop the puck on another game, this time in Chicago against the Blackhawks. The Cats dropped a heart breaker 1-0 to the Rangers last night, and arrived into Chciago around 1:00 AM (central). Florida is looking to play spoiler, while Chicago looks to fight for their playoff lives. The "Wild Wild West" is still wide open, with only 6 points separating 4th and 10th place.
SEASON SERIES: Florida holds the lead in the season series
1-0. The Blackhawks are one of the few Western Conference teams the Panthers play twice. The Panthers hosted the Blackhawks on March 8, the second game of a season-high 7 game homestand. Florida took a 3-0 lead after 1 period, but Chicago came back to score 2 in the 2nd, but ended up losing 3-2. Now, with Florida in the midst of their season high 5 game road trip, and looking to bounce back.
Reasoner (front/center) with other
brothers of NHL players at
PLAYING HURT: The Panthers were without goalie Scott Clemmenson yesterday. Tyler Plante was called up from the AHL. He did not make it in time for the morning skate. Wall Street trader Adam Reasoner (brother of the Panthers' Marty Reasoner) stepped in on his lunch break. Reasoner was a goalie at Boston College...he appeared in just 1 game in the 2005-06 season, his freshman year. Clemmenson will not play Wednesday
Also playing hurt is Stephen Weiss. He was out on Tuesday with a leg injury. He is expected to play on Wednesday. Jack Skille and Shawn Matthias made their returns Tuesday, with Patrick Rissmiller being sent to Rochester.
ONE MORE WELCOME HOME: Skille returns to Chicago for the first time since being traded in February. The injury kept him out for a few weeks, and he has appeared in just 8 games for the Panthers this year. Skille has 7 goals this year, all with the Blackhawks, but does have an assist with the Panthers. Michael Frolik continues to struggle in Chicago. He only has two goals in 18 games with the Hawks, while scoring 8 with Florida. He scored 21 goals in his first two seasons in Florida.
FLA - Tomas Vokoun
CHI - Corey Crawford