Game Day Preview: Panthers VS Canadiens

FLORIDA PANTHERS: 27-39-8 (62 PTS.) vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS: 42-26-7 (91 PTS.)

GAME DAY SONG: Snowbird by Anne Murray

It’s game 75 for the Florida Panthers as they take on their Atlantic Division rival (that still sounds weird) Montreal Canadiens. The Panthers come in looking for a win to end their 3 game home stand on a high note after being blanked by the Hurricanes 3-0 in Sunrise on Thursday. On the opposite side of the coin the Habs, who are in the midst of a 4 game roadie, come to South Florida from Motown after just escaping the Wings with 2 points.

Where they’ve been

The Panthers returned home from their Western road trip looking for some positivity and got just that when they came back from two down to send the Senators home gaping at the dazzler that was Vincent Trocheck in the shootout. Against the Hurricanes, the Cats ran into the Kazak Krusher Anton Khudobin who turned aside all 35 shots (35!) he faced for the shutout to send the fans home with the burning desire to destroy their Borat DVDs. The Panthers are 3-6-1 in their last 10 and are continuing on their quest to end their season on a high note by spoiling the March break of thousands of visiting Montrealers.

Across the rink, the Habs are quite hot posting a 7-3 record in their last 10, winning 7 of their last 8 and have won 4 in a row. It’s not all roses as the Habs stole one in Detroit after hanging on for a 5-4 win over the decimated Wings.

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Panther Parkway Radio: Game Recap & Preview, Olympic Chatter, Game Show, NHL News, & More!

Tune in to tonight’s show while we discuss the recent happenings of the Florida Panthers, game recaps and reviews, AHL call-ups, Jimmy Howard and Team USA, and more… Happy New Year!

Host: Paige Lewis

Guests: Frank Rekas, Dave Lasseter, and Jameson Cooper


  • Game recap
  • Alex Petrovic and Dylan Olsen pairing
  • Is Huberdeau in a sophomore slump?
  • Why on Earth did Jimmy Howard make Team USA?
  • Nazem Kadri and Jason Spezza on the trade block?
  • Who would you rather? (Game show)
  • “Woof” of the week (Game Show)
  • Game preview

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Panthers Recall F Drew Shore and D Alex Petrovic

The Florida Panthers announced Friday morning that F Drew Shore and D Alex Petrovic have been recalled from the San Antonio Rampage, and will participate in this afternoon’s practice at the Saveology Iceplex in Coral Springs.

Petrovic, who was recalled for Monday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, was sent back to San Antonio following a tough 6-1 loss to the Bolts. However, after a gritty showing in which he led all Panthers’ skaters with eight total hits, the rugged blue-liner will get another shot to impress the coaching staff as the Panthers attempt to replace defenseman Erik Gudbranson who was recently placed on IR after undergoing successful orbital bone surgery this past week.

Just as he did against Tampa Bay, Petrovic is expected to slide right back into Gudbranson’s defensive position alongside Dylan Olsen as the Cats welcome the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

Shore, who played in two games with the Panthers earlier this season, will likely start on Saturday night in place of injured forward, Scottie Upshall. Although Shore hasn’t been able to notch a goal this season with the Rampage, he has compiled 15  points in just 28 games while serving as a constant bright spot both offensively and defensively for the Panthers’ minor league affiliate.

Though they may only currently be filling in for injured teammates, both Petrovic and Shore will look to make a lasting impression on General Manager Dale Tallon and the Panthers organization as they  hope to be the next crop of Cats’ prospects to succeed at the NHL level.

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Tim Thomas Activated, Jacob Markstrom & Alex Petrovic Returned to San Antonio

Florida Panthers Executive VP/General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has reassigned G Jacob Markstrom and D Alex Petrovic to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.

Though he mostly played a backup role during this most recent stint with the Panthers, Markstrom, 23, got the start in a 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on December 20th.  In that loss, Markstrom stopped just 27 of 32 shots – good enough for a .844 save percentage. In 12 games with Florida this season, Markstrom has now accumulated a 1-6-3 record.

Petrovic, 21, logged 15:35 of ice time with a team-high eight hits on Monday night in the Panthers’ 6-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Prior to being called up, Petrovic competed in 30 games for San Antonio this season recording 11 points (2G-9A-11P) and 46 PIM.

Thomas Returns

After missing the Panthers’ last six game, starting goaltender Tim Thomas was activated off of the injured reserve list this morning. In his first season with the club, Thomas has compiled a 9-10-1 record with a 2.75 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.

Prior to being injured, Thomas had won three consecutive starts.

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Erik Gudbranson Out Indefinitely After Undergoing Orbital Bone Surgery

This is why we can’t have nice things.

After having won seven of their last nine games, the hockey gods decided to even the score with the Florida Panthers as the team announced today that defenseman Erik Gudbranson would be out indefinitely after undergoing successful orbital bone surgery today in Boca Raton.

Currently in the midst of one of the best seasons of his young career, Gudbranson, 21, had been looking like a completely different skater in recent weeks and had seen a substantial spike in his offensive output since being paired with newly acquired d-man Dylan Olsen.

In his last thirteen games, Gudbranson had compiled five points (2G-3A-5P) while also being one of the team’s better shutdown defensemen and tough guys.

Although the team has yet to announce a timetable for his return, a procedure such as this usually takes about a month to come back from (see Bryan McCabe), though every case is different.

In his absence, the Panthers have recalled former 2nd round pick, Alex Petrovic, to try and fill Gudbranson’s very large shoes.

We will continue to update you on this story and Gudbranson’s recovery as information becomes available.

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Panthers Recall D Alex Petrovic

The Florida Panthers announced this afternoon that the club has recalled defenseman Alex Petrovic from the San Antonio Rampage.

Petrovic, 21, has appeared in 30 games this year for the Rampage, compiling 11 points (2g-9a), a +6 rating, and 46 PIMs for the club. Petrovic will meet the Panthers in Florida for the first game of their 5-game home stand against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Petrovic’s last NHL game was the final game of the 2012-2013 lock out season, also against the Lightning. You may remember him from this…

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Florida Panthers Announced Their First Player Cuts

Last week, the Florida Panthers began their training camp with a double header against the Nashville Predators in which they won both games, respectively. After heading to the Lone Star state earlier this week, the Panthers were held to just 3 goals in two games as they battled the Dallas Stars. With four pre-season games already in the books (2-1-1), and three games left to go, the Florida Panthers line-up is looking closer and closer to what we’ll see when the puck drops on Oct 3rd, in Dallas. The Florida Panthers announced this morning that they have made their first batch of cuts:

The following players have been loaned to their Minor League Affiliates, the San Antonio Rampage:

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Alex Petrovic: Bringing Some Nasty to the Panthers’ Blue Line

Alex Petrovic (Kelsey Hinds)

Alex Petrovic (Photo By: Kelsey Hinds)

Are you feeling disoriented? Groggy? Perhaps don’t know where you are? If you are currently suffering from any of these symptoms you either just woke up from a long night out, or possibly fell victim to a right hook from Panthers’ defenseman Alex Petrovic.

Selected in the 2nd round (36th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, 21-year-old Petrovic has already begun to bring his own special blend of talent and force to the NHL. With his imposing frame and lovable insanity on the ice, the Panthers’ youthful defenseman made his first jump to the NHL last season – leaving a lot of cuts and bruises in his wake.

As the Panthers trudged through an injury laden season, Petrovic, as well as other top-prospects, were given the chance to make their mark with the pro club much sooner than expected. While making a mark would have been considered a success in its’ own right, the mark Petrovic left was a bit more forceful – and may have left a bruise. In 6 games last season, Petrovic recorded 10 hits and a whopping 25 PIMs, including 1 game misconduct. Although he didn’t record a point, the fact that Petrovic was able to establish a strong physical game early on at the NHL level should pay off greatly heading into the upcoming season.

“He got a little taste last year. He’s a big lanky guy who can really skate and move the puck, it’s rare.” said Panthers’ Manager of Player Development, Bryan McCabe, when asked about Petrovic. “He’s got a little edge to him, plays with a little grit as you guys saw at the end of the year in Tampa. He’s really coming into his own here, becoming more of a leader.”

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Panthers Buyout D Filip Kuba

In a move that Panthers’ fans had long been hoping for, the Florida Panthers announced on Wednesday that they would be buying out defenseman Filip Kuba after just one season with the club. In 44 games for the Panthers last season, Kuba was only able to earn a meager 10 points (1G 9A) and never lived up to the expectations that came with his seasonal $4,000,000 price tag.

The removal of Kuba from the roster will make room for some of the Panthers’ younger defenseman like Colby Robak and Alex Petrovic, as well as freeing up money to potentially spend on a forward in free agency. Kuba will still receive roughly $2,600,00 from the Panthers next season as compensation. As a result of his buyout, Kuba will not have to go through waivers and will immediately become an unrestricted free agent.

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Panthers Home Schedule Ends With A Thud

Maybe the Florida Panthers knew something when they had their end of season festivities following Tuesday night’s win over the New York Rangers instead of Thursday’s home finale against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The playoff bound Leafs built a two-goal first period lead and never looked back en route to a 4-0 win over the Cats.
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