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Record: Lightning (1-2-1) Panthers (1-1-0)

Previous games: None yet

Game time: 7:30pm EST on SUN (HD), FS-Florida

It's the Panthers home opener tonight and the Panthers are going to wear some new jerseys. The first I even heard about them getting new jersey's this season was when I read the LBC's preview this morning, how bad can they be compared to their current ones?

Tonight is part of a home and home matchup against the Panthers and this is the last game in our road trip. The boys are no doubt looking to get home for our home opener, hopefully with a win. It's been three losing games in a row so maybe there is some concern about it, but looking at how the lineup keeps getting juggled and how many games we played last year, I would say to be patient. We can judge the team after their three game homestand and if we are still on a losing streak, then we can start hitting the panic button. Right now, be patient.

The Lightning are again having a line-up change as Connolly will skate with Stamkos and St. Louis again. Connolly only has a few more games before he's played out his 9 games and then the management will have to make a decision with him. Nice to see him getting a shot up on the big line with Stammer and St. Louis, he has moments last game where he looked like he could be a good fit, and then of course flashes where he looked a step behind. And Pyatt, Jones and Gilroy is in while Purcell, Shannon and Gervais is out.

Tonight some of you will be looking forward to seeing Sean Bergenheim again. Whatever. He went for some money with a team that looks like a mess. Have fun with that Bergenheim.

The Panther's line-up will look like this:
Fleischman-Weiss-Versteeg
Booth-Kopecky-Upshall
Bergenheim-Goc-Skille
Matthias-Carter-Bradley

Line-up Notes:

  • Garon was first off the ice this morning so I'm assuming he's in goal and Jose Theodore for the Panthers
  • Connolly, Pyatt, Jones, and Gilroy are in
  • Purcell, Shannon and Gervais are scratched
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