Florida will be visiting the
Colorado Avalanche tonight at the Pepsi Center in Denver. This is the only meeting this season between the two in a rematch of the 1996 Stanley Cup Championship. Florida is 10-9-3 on the road, while Colorado owns a 13-11-0 home record. For Florida, this is the first game of a difficult three game roadtrip. They go on to play the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday and the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday before returning home to face the Philadelphia Flyers just before the All-Star break. Colorado is coming off a three game road trip where they posted a 1-1-1 record. After facing the Panthers, they will be headed back out on the road to face the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday and the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.
The teams last met on December 7th, 2010, with Florida taking a 4-3 overtime decision in Sunrise. Stephen Weiss led the Panthers with two goals, including the overtime game winner for his seventh of the season.
David Booth also scored a goal and an assist on the night. Tomas Vokoun stopped 22 of 25 shots in the Florida victory. Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson allowed four goals on 25 shots for Colorado.
Avalanche @ Panthers 12/7/10 (via
In Florida's last game, the Panthers dropped an overtime matchup to the defending NHL Champion
Boston Bruins, 3-2 on Monday night. Jason Garrison scored his 12th goal of the season to lead all NHL defensemen. Stephen Weiss added a shootout goal and his Florida Panthers record 232nd career assist in the loss. Scott Clemmensen allowed two goals on 35 shots in the Florida loss. Patrice Bergeron scored both of Boston's goals in regulation and added another in the shootout, while goaltender Tukka Rask stopped 38 of 40 shots for the win, not including 3 of 4 saves in the shootout.
Bruins @ Panthers 01/16/12 (via
The Avalanche were routed, 6-1 by the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday. Boyd Gordon and Shane Doan each notched two goals for the Coyotes, while goaltender Mike Smith stopped 38 of 39 shots to earn the victory. Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov allowed all six goals on 33 shots, while Chuck Kobasew scored the lone Avalanche goal.
Avalanche @ Coyotes 01/16/12 (via
Season Series: 0-0-0
All-Time Series: 9-13-4
G ame Time: 9:30 EST
: 21-14-9, 51 points, first Southeast Division, third Eastern Conference, 13th NHL, on pace for 95 points. Florida Panthers
Colorado Avalanche: 24-21-2, 50 points, third Northwest Division, ninth Western Conference, 17th NHL, on pace for 87 points.
Goalies: (14-8-4) will be available for tonight's matchup. Jose Theodore (5-2-4) is the probable backup. Scott Clemmensen
1. Fleischmann - Weiss - Versteeg
2. Kopecky - Goc - Samuelsson
3. Matthias - Madden - Repik
4. Bradley - Santorelli - Barch
1. Campbell - Garrison
2. Ellerby - Gudbranson
3. Kulikov - Weaver
Florida's first line left winger Tomas Fleischmann played in 22 games for the Avalanche last seasons, notching eight goals and 13 assists with a minus-one rating and eight penalty minutes.
Florida's probable starting goaltender, Jose Theodore played three seasons with the Avalanche, posting a 42-39-5 record, including three shutouts, with a .902 save percentage and a 2.76 GAA.
Games: Fresh off becoming the Florida Panthers all-time leader with 232 assists, Stephen Weiss will play his 600th game tonight.
Goals: With one more goal, Jason Garrison will move into the Panthers top fifty, with 20. Shawn Matthias' next goal will give him 24, moving him into a tie in 46th with Dave Gagner. next goal will be number 26 as a Panther, moving him past Mike Santorelli's into 44th place all-time. Mike Van Ryn
Assists: next assist will give him 51 for his career, moving him past Dmitry Kulikov's into 38th place. Niklas Hagman
Points: One more point for Kulikov will give him 64, moving him into a tie with Joe Nieuwendyk in 46th place.
- 17 Kris Versteeg
- 15 Tomas Fleischmann
Jason Garrison - 12
Stephen Weiss - 11
- 30 Brian Campbell
Stephen Weiss - 23
- 22 Kris Versteeg
Tomas Fleischmann - 19
Kris Versteeg - 39
Tomas Fleischmann, Stephen Weiss - 34
- 33 Brian Campbell
Stephen Weiss - plus-12
Kris Versteeg - plus-nine
Jason Garrison - plus-six
Tomas Fleischmann - plus-three