The Florida Panthers host Southeast Division rivals Carolina Hurricanes in Sunrise at 5:00 EST. The Panthers have points in six of their last seven games.
Florida will be hosting the
at Bank Atlantic Centre tonight in the second of six meetings this season between the two clubs, and the first of three in Sunrise. Florida has a 7-2-5 home record this season while the Hurricanes are 4-9-3 away from Carolina. Florida will be playing in the third game of a four game homestand. They went to overtime before losing to the Carolina Hurricanes New Jersey Devils in a 3-2 shootout decision on Tuesday night. On Friday they again went to the shootout, this time against the Calgary Flames, before winning 3-2. They close out the homestand on Tuesday night against the Phoenix Coyotes. The Hurricanes have lost nine of their last 11, and are coming off a one game homestand before starting a three game homestand against the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday.
The Panthers beat the Hurricanes the last time the two teams met, in Charlotte
on November 29th. Florida had a 13-7-4 record and Carolina was 8-14-4. Shawn Matthias scored twice and Tomas Fleischmann scored his 11th of the season helping the Cats to a 3-1 victory. Jose Theodore stopped 26 of 27 shots for the win.
Panthers @ Hurricanes 11/29/11 (via
In Florida's last game, the Panthers beat the Calgary Flames, 3-2 in a shootout.
Sean Bergenheim scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season and Dmitry Kulikov and Stephen Weiss notched shootout goals in the win. Jose Theodore stopped 24 of 26 shots for the Panthers.
Flames @ Panthers 12/16/11 (via
Season Series: 1-0-0 All-Time Series: 35-37-22 Game Time: 5:00 EST
Florida Panthers: 17-9-6, 40 points, first Southeast Division, third Eastern Conference, fifth NHL, on pace for 103 points.
Carolina Hurricanes: 10-18-5, 25 points, fifth Southeast Division, 14th Eastern Conference, 27th NHL, on pace for 62 points.
Jose Theodore (12-6-4) will get the start in goal for the Panthers tonight. Cam Ward (10-13-4) is Carolina's probable starter.
1. Fleischmann - Weiss - Versteeg
2. Bergenheim - Matthias - Kopecky
3. Sturm - Santorelli -Bradley
4. Barch - Rallo - Samuelsson
1. Campbell - Garrison
2. Jovanovski - Ellerby
3. Kulikov - Weaver
Anthony Stewart played parts of four seasons with the Panthers, appearing in 105 games from 2005-06 through 2008-09. He scored four goals and eight assists with a minus-four rating and 38 penalty minutes.
Bryan Allen played in parts of five seasons for the Cats. He appeared in 284 games, scoring 14 goals and 53 assists with a plus-one and 341 penalty minutes.