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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:


Stephen Weiss

#9 / Center / Florida Panthers

5-11

185

Apr 03, 1983



G A P +/- PIM
2009 - Stephen Weiss 18 19 37 -2 12

 

Goaltending:


Tomas Vokoun

#29 / Goalie / Florida Panthers

6-0

195

Jul 02, 1976



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Tomas Vokoun 30 1763 11 11 77 2.62 993 916 .922 3

 


Scott Clemmensen

#30 / Goalie / Florida Panthers

6-3

205

Jul 23, 1977



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Scott Clemmensen 11 553 5 4 34 3.69 294 260 .884 0

 

Injury Report


Boston Bruins Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Derek Morris undisclosed 12/27/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Milan Lucic ankle 11/26/2009
Mark Stuart sternum 12/15/2009

 

Florida Panthers Injuries (according to Florida Panthers official website)

Nick Tarnasky (orbital bone) day-to-day
David Booth (concussion) out
Cory Stillman (knee) day-to-day
Kenndal McArdle (upper body) out
Kamil Kreps (upper body) day-to-day
Dmitry Kulikov (lower body) out

Notes:

- 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