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The Bruins will look to right the ship tonight when they take the ice at the Garden against the resurgent Florida Panthers. The B's are back on home ice for the first time in two weeks. The Bruins went 1-3-1 on the disappointing road trip that included a 2-0 loss to the Panthers on Saturday night. The Panthers, who have been off since Saturday night will look for back-to-back victories against the Bruins.

Just who are these Panthers you speak of?
Florida Panthers 30-21-8; 68 pts (2nd in Southeast, 7th in East)

Leading Scorers


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - David Booth 20 17 37 14 24


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Nathan Horton 17 19 36 -3 36


Goaltending


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Tomas Vokoun 44 2418 20 17 3 8 97 2.41 1335 1238 .927 6


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Craig Anderson 23 1157 10 4 5 0 48 2.49 676 628 .929 3


Guys That Like to Drop the Gloves
Nick Boynton: 5 Fighting Majors
Gregory Campbell: 5 Fighting Majors
Anthony Stewart: 5 Fighting Majors

'08-'09 Season Series
11/21 vs. FLA 4-2 W
12/6 @ FLA 4-0 W
2/21 @ FLA 0-2 L


Injury Report

Boston
LW Marco Sturm: IR (Knee)
RW Michael Ryder: Probable (Face)
F Petteri Nokelainen: Out (Eye)


Florida
D Bryan Allen: IR (Knee)
C Rostislav Olesz: Out (Sports Hernia)
G Tomas Vokoun: Game-time decision (Flu)

Notes:

- Michael Ryder is expected to return tonight after missing 7 games with facial fractures. If he plays tonight, he will wear a full cage.

- Tim Thomas will get the start in goal tonight for the B's. Florida netminder Tomas Vokoun missed practice yesterday with flu-like symptoms. I would look for Craig Anderson to get the start tonight between the pipes for the Panthers.

- Lines for the morning skate:

Lucic-Savard-Kessel
Wheeler-Krejci-Ryder
Axelsson-Bergeron-Kobasew
Thornton-Yelle-Bitz

Chara-Ward
Ference-Wideman
Stuart-Hnidy
- It looks like the Panthers might not be moving Jay Bouwmeester afterall. The Panthers are selling "Panthers Promise" ticket packages that include a playoff guarantee. That doesn't sound like a team that is going to be a seller at the deadline.
- Game starts at 7:00, open thread starts at 6:00

"From Chiarelli's viewpoint, the scuffling Bruins have failed in three area: driving hard to the net, claiming ownership of the danger zones, and finishing their checks."

- Fluto Shinzawa in this morning's Boston Globe

Today's Obligatory Embarrassing Lame Mascot Promo YouTube Fan Video: