The Bruins have traveled to "Heaven's Waiting Room" to take on the Florida Panthers in a early 5:00 Sunday evening matchup. The Bruins enter tonight's contest as winners of their last 2 games, while the Panthers will be looking to bounce back from a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Festivus. Derek Morris is expected to make his return to the lineup for the B's after missing the last 3 games with an undisclosed injury.
Know Your Enemy
Florida Panthers (16-16-7)
Head Coach: Peter DeBoer (2nd Season, 57-46-18 Lifetime Record)
SB Nation's Panthers Blog: Litter Box Cats
Season Series: 2nd Meeting; Florida won 1-0 in a shootout on November 12th at TD Garden
Leading Goal Scorer:
|2009 - Stephen Weiss||18||19||37||-2||12|
|2009 - Tomas Vokoun||30||1763||11||11||77||2.62||993||916||.922||3|
|2009 - Scott Clemmensen||11||553||5||4||34||3.69||294||260||.884||0|
Boston Bruins Injuries
Florida Panthers Injuries (according to Florida Panthers official website)
- No morning skate today for the Bruins, so I don't know if it will be Thomas or Rask in net tonight.
- Milan Lucic traveled with the team on the Florida road trip but will not see any game action and remains on the IR.
- Nick Tarnasky is expected to make his season debut for the Panthers after missing significant time with a broken orbital bone.
- Former Bruins goalie Robb Tallas is the goaltending coach for the Panthers.
- The Panthers give up an average of 3.1 goals per game.
- Scott Clemmensen is a perfect 2-0 in shootouts and has not allowed a goal on 8 shootout attempts.
- Florida has been hit hard with injuries this seasons and has already lost 132 man games to injury so far this season.
- The Panthers called up forward Shawn Matthias from the Rochester Americans (AHL).
- If Matt Hunwick is in the lineup tonight, it will be his 100th career NHL game.
- Game starts at 5:00 and can be seen on NESN. Public Skate (open thread) starts at 4:30.
- For more on the game, check out Litter Box Cats