Daily Archives: February 1, 2013
Just when it seemed as though the Florida Panthers were getting healthier, the injury bug doesn’t seem to go away. Last season the Panthers lost more than 320 man games to injury, and the phenomenon has continued this year as well. During last night’s victory against the Winnipeg Jets, Panther forward Scottie Upshall delivered a check to Jets defenceman Zach Redmond and former Panther James Wright took exception to the hit,immediately coming to the rescue of the rookie blue liner who was appearing in his first NHL game.
Upshall not known for his fighting, appeared to hit his head along the boards during the altercation, and has apparently injured his ankle. He’ll be lost to the Panthers for the next month. Upshall who was injured for most of last season, and limited to only 26 games, was hoping to have a productive year. He scored his first goal of the season in the home opener against Carolina off a nifty no look pass from Jonathan Huberdeau, but since then hasn’t been producing on the scoresheet. His sometimes aggressive style has contributed to his injuries throughout his career, which has seen him have only one season where he’s played 82 games (2010-2011).
It may seem like hyperbole to say game seven of a 48 game schedule is a ‘must win’ but, entering the game with a five game losing streak, the Florida Panthers were in just such a situation Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets. After scoring two goals or less over their previous five contests, the Panthers exploded for six goals, including five in the third period in the 6-3 comeback win over their Canadian division foe. For the first time since opening night (not coincidentally), the Cats looked very much like the hard working, opportunistic squad that defied its detractors en route to the teams first ever division title.
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