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Preview: Panthers at Leafs

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Florida Panthers
@ Toronto Maple Leafs

Pre Game: 6:30 p.m., Leafs TV
Broadcast: 7:30 p.m., TSN, AM640, Leafs TV Interactive
Post Game: 10:00 p.m., Leafs TV
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Opposing Coverage: Litter Box Cats

Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009, 7:30 PM EST
Air Canada Centre

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The Panthers are two points ahead of Toronto, with a 17-16-6 record to Toronto's 16-17-6 record. I'm sure a lot of you feel like the Florida Panthers are Toronto's wimpy kid brother who we kick around (From our SBNation news ticker: Toronto has won four of five and 10 of the last 13 meetings.) and give our garbage like McCabe, Kilger and Wade Belak. Sometimes our garbage doesn't even report to Florida but Florida still gives us Mike Van Ryn. That's true familial love.

Bryan McCabe had a rough go of it last year, and by "a rough go of it" I mean that he gets paid millions of dollars to play hockey don't feel sympathy for him when he screws up. Ditching McCabe for Van Ryn was a beautiful move, most notably because Mike Van Ryn is both better and cheaper than McCabe, and he doesn't hold his hands up like a goof every time he cross checks a guy without the puck while standing next to the ref. In other news I'm almost 100% sure that eyebleaf is JFJ.

Hopefully McCabe works his magic and scores on Vokoun to make it easier for the Leafs to climb to .500. On the injury front, LUKE SCHENN is back in the lineup tonight.

Florida Panthers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Rostislav Olesz strained groin 12.6.2008
Bryan Allen left knee surgery 10.12.2008
Kamil Kreps shoulder 12.28.2008
Cory Murphy shoulder 10.29.2008

PPP Update: Eyebeleaf has made the Miamians (Miamites?) angry.

Also, here's McCabe's year so far:

2008 - Bryan McCabe 29 7 11 18 7 18 4 0 1 1 63 11.1
Oh hey, look who cares enough about hockey to play like an NHLer again!