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Bruins look for 3rd straight win tonight vs. Panthers

When the Bruins take the ice at TD Garden tonight to face the Florida Panthers, they will try to accomplish something that they haven't been able to achieve this season: win three straight games. Florida enters tonight's game with a 5-9-1 record. The Panthers are trying to bounce back from back -to-back loses to the Washington Capitals in a home and home series over the weekend.

Know Your Enemy

Florida Panthers (5-9-1)

Head Coach: Peter DeBoer

Leading Goal Scorer:

G A P +/- PIM
2009 - Steven Reinprecht 9 5 14 2 4


2009 - Tomas Vokoun 12 703 3 8 35 2.99 419 384 .916 2

2009 - Scott Clemmensen 4 187 2 1 16 5.13 99 83 .838 0

Injury Report

Boston Bruins Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Milan Lucic fingers 10/17/2009
Marc Savard foot 10/21/2009

Florida Panthers Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Dominic Moore other-excused 11/08/2009
Gregory Campbell other-excused 11/09/2009
Kamil Kreps foot 11/08/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Nick Tarnasky other-excused 09/26/2009
David Booth concussion 10/25/2009
Radek Dvorak knee 10/25/2009

Bruins Projected Lines & D-Pairs

Marco Sturm
Patrice Bergeron
Mark Recchi
Blake Wheeler
David Krejci
Michael Ryder
Shawn Thornton
Steve Begin
Byron Bitz
Daniel Paille
Trent Whitfield
Vladimir Sobotka
Zdeno Chara
Derek Morris
Matt Hunwick
Dennis Wideman
Mark Stuart
Andrew Ference




Florida has so many question marks with injuries entering tonight's game that I don't even want to attempt to speculate what their lines and D-pairs will look like.



- The Panthers signed free agent tough guy Steve MacIntyre this week.

- Derek Morris missed practice on Wednesday due to an illness. Morris also sat out the morning skate on Tuesday, but still played Tuesday night vs. Pittsburgh. Unless, his condition worsened after Tuesday night's game, I would expect Morris to be in the lineup again tonight.

- Mark Stuart has put up his own money to buy tickets to tonight's game for members of the military and their families. If you would like to help honor our military heroes, you can purchase discount tickets for $50.50 that will be donated to USO New England. Fans that donate tickets will be entered into a drawing for tickets to the NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park. To find out how you can donate tickets to The Seats for Soldiers program, visit

- For more on the Panthers, check out Litter Box Cats

- Game starts at 7:00 and can be seen on NESN and heard on 98.5 FM "The Sports Hub". Public Skate open thread starts a half hour before puck drop.

Today's Obligatory Embarassing Panthers Fan YouTube Video

Wearing a jersey with your wife's name on the back has to be the ultimate jersey foul. Also, unless you are Phil Mickelson or work the drive-thru at Dunkin' Donuts, it is unacceptable to be a grown man who wears a visor. Scratch that, it is unacceptable for a grown man to wear a visor. Can you imagine a guy wearing a jersey with his wife's name on the back handling out cowbells on the balcony of The Garden?