Florida Panthers report for December 1, 2005
- Washington Capitals (8-14-2) at Florida Panthers
When: 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 1st
Where: BankAtlantic Center
Radio: WQAM 560 AM; ESPN 760 AM (WPB)
Web site: www.floridapanthers.com
This game was rescheduled from Oct. 29 because of
Hurricane Wilma. Fans can use their tickets from that
game for entry tonight.
The Panthers, who've lost 14 of their last 15 games,
are tied with the Capitals for fewest points in the
Eastern Conference (18). The Capitals have one game in
hand on the Panthers.
The Cats won the teams' only previous matchup this
season 3-2 on Oct. 20.
Newly acquired defenseman Alexei Semenov is expected
to play his first game for the Panthers tonight.
Washington: Olaf Kolzig, 7-9-2, GAA 3.48, SV% 0.899
Florida: Roberto Luongo, 7-12-4, GAA 3.15, SV% .0911
Washington: Powerplay, 12.0%, 29th. Penalty killing,
Florida: Powerplay, 12.7%, 28th. Penalty killing,
Washington - Right wings Steven Peat (upper body) and
Dainus Zubrus (groin) and left wing Jeff Friesen
(groin) are day-to-day.
Florida - Right wing Nathan Horton (knee) is sidelined
for about two more weeks. Center Anthony Stewart
(wrist) is expected to be sidelined until mid January.
Defenseman Branislav Mezei (knee) is expected to miss
the remainder of the season.
Washington - 2-9-1 on the road;
Florida - 5-5-1 at home.
Things to watch out for:
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN - Capital rookie *
"It's not up to me, and I'm here right now so we'll
see what happens. There's no point to [be
disappointed]. If you are put on waivers, I don't see
how [I] have a future here anyway." ~ Kristian
Huselius doesn't see future with Panthers *
Huselius' future with Panthers is uncertain *
Other 29 teams pass on Huselius
"The new NHL, that's what's going on. They wanted the
scoring to go up, so it is. That's it." ~ Roberto
Luongo, who is still living in Egypt it would seem.
Someone tell Hasek the scoring is supposed to go up.
He evidently didn't get the memo.
Luongo adjusting to new mentor *
Goalie coach is more than just a shoulder to cry on
for Panthers star.
"With a year off, the fans deserve a lot better than
what they've been getting." ~ Olli Jokinen
Panthers' plans never seem to work
Tonight the Cleveland Barons and San Antonio Rampage
will hit the ice for the 30,000th regular-season game
in American Hockey League history. Face-off at the SBC
Center in San Antonio is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (CT).
"There were problems in San Antonio. It wasn't all
just on the Panthers end."
Next Game: Rochester Americans (12-9-0) at Manitoba
When: Friday, December 2, 2005 8:30 PM
TV: B2 Networks
Radio: WHTK 1280 AM
Web site: www.amerks.com (includes link to B2 Networks
$6 web cast).
Who: Gwinett Gladiators (8-3-2) at Florida Everblades
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 2
Where: Germain Arena
TV: B2 Network
Radio: Sportsradio 770AM
Web site: www.floridaeverblades.com
"That's kind of old news. Nothing has happened with
that for several months now. It became news again for
no real reason." ~ Everblades General Manager Craig
Owner pulls Blades off the market
Deal with Brooks Group never gets done
Kevin Lavallee has been sent to the Charlotte Checkers
to complete the November 7 trade between the clubs
that brought forward Phil Aucoin to Florida.
Freewheeling Blades make another trade *
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