TORONTO, CANADA - NOVEMBER 8: Mike Komisarek #8 of the Toronto Maple Leafs tries to stop Marcel Goc # 57 of the Florida Panthers during NHL action at The Air Canada Centre November 8, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
Can the Panthers resume their winning ways now that they've have had a few days off for the holidays? Or will Toronto exact revenge for a 5-1 drubbing at the Panthers hands earlier this season.
Florida will be hosting the
Toronto Maple Leafs at Bank Atlantic Centre tonight in Sunrise. This is the second of four meetings between the Eastern Conference (and future "Conference 3") rivals. This will be the first time of two they will meet in Florida. Florida is 8-3-5 at home this season, while the Maple Leafs are10-8-0 on the road. Florida will be opening a three game homestand, and go on to host the New York Rangers on Friday night and the Montreal Canadians on New Years Eve. The Leafs are playing in the first game of a three game roadtrip. They go on to visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night and the Winnepeg Jets on New Years Eve.
The last time the two teams met was November 8th in Toronto. The
Panthers beat the Maple Leafs, 5-1 as Jack Skille and Marco Sturm each scored their first goals of the season for Florida and Sean Bergenheim, Tomas Kopecky and Shawn Matthias added markers in the win. Jose Theodore saved 38 of 39 shots in the victory. The night finished with the Panthers at 7-4-3 and the Leafs at 9-5-1.
Panthers @ Maple Leafs 11/08/11 (via
In Florida's last game, the
destroyed the Panthers, 8-0 on Friday night. 14 different Boston players would end up on the scoresheet for the Bruins, including Brad Marchand's first career hat trick. Each of Florida's goaltenders allowed four goals in the loss.
The Maple Leafs are coming off a 5-3 victory in New York against the
scored for the Maple Leafs and
saved 30 of 33 shots in the victory.
Season Series: 1-0-0 All-Time Series: 21-24-12 Game Time: 7:30 EST
Florida Panthers: 18-11-7, 43 points, first Southeast Division, third Eastern Conference, 10th NHL, on pace for 98 points.
Toronto Maple Leafs, 18-13-4, 40 points, second Northeast Division, sixth Eastern Conference, 13th NHL, on pace for 94 points.
Kevin Dineen always plays it close to the vest, and tonight's game should prove no exception. Jose Theodore (13-8-4) and
Scott Clemmensen (3-0-2) are his options. Jonas Gustavsson (9-6-0) and James Reimer (7-3-3) are the available goaltenders for the Leafs.
Forwards: Due to injury, over half of Florida's forwards are unable to perform in tonight's matchup. The Panthers have the equivalent of two full AHL lines, as well as defenseman Erik Gudbranson on the fourth line as a checking forward in the starting lineup.
1. Fleischmann - Matthias - Bradley
2. Kopecky - Santorelli - Versteeg
3. Repik - Kennedy - Barch
4. Gudbranson- Thomas - Dadonov
1. Campbell - Garrison
2. Jovanovski - Ellerby
3. Kulikov - Weaver
played in 53 games last season for the Maple Leafs, scoring 14 goals and 21 assists with a minus-13 rating and 29 penalty minutes.
Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen appeared in three games for the Maple Leafs in 2007-08, posting a 1-1-0 record, a .839 save percentage and a 3.90 GAA.
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