The playoff pushing Carolina Hurricanes felt that the Florida Panthers could provide what they were looking for to help the push them into the post season. Two separate trades bring the Hurricanes veteran forward Cory Stillman and defenceman Bryan Allan, adding experience for the Canes, and allowing the Cats to begin their rebuild.
The Canes are in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference two points ahead of Buffalo. They also received some good news when Eric Staal was given the go ahead to play in tonight’s game after suffering an upper body injury last Friday against Pittsburgh forcing him to miss Saturday’s contest against theMontreal Canadiens. Staal leads the team in points with 59 as he’s scored 27 goals with assists.
Be on the lookout for Jeff Skinner who is one of the leading candidates for rrookie of the year this season. Skinner who also was an All-Star selection has 22 goals and 25 assists for 47 points and is the second leading scorer for Carolina.
The new look Florida Panthers will be an interesting thing to watch for the next 20 games. Former Hurricane Sergei Samsonov will be in the lineup tonight on a line with Mike Santorelli and Steve Bernier. Former Atlanta Thrasher Niclas Bergfors will start out on the top line with David Booth and Stephen Weiss. Hugh Jessiman is on the 4th with Bill Thomas and Darcy Hordichuk.
Now these players will be playing for jobs, and trying to be spoilers the rest of the way. With all the deadline dealings, Florida has 10 draft picks in the upcoming draft which can be used to acquire more prospects, or combined in trades to acquire players or move up in the draft itself.
Carolina is 3-1-1 against the Panthers this season. Eric Cole has a point in all five games with four goals and three assists.
I made a dangerous bet with our FanSided opponent Cardiac Cane on tonight’s game. Let’s just say that if the Panthers lose this one, my recap will be very interesting!
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