Boston Bruins (10-2-2) 22 points at Florida Panthers (5-8-4) 14 points
The Florida Panthers are back in South Florida today after their brief trip to Pennsylvania. Florida plays the Boston Bruins in a 3pm matinee. The Bruins are extremely well rested having only played two games in the last week, both victories over Southeast division opponents, 3-2 over the Jets and 4-2 over the Lightning.
I am currently on the road right now so I am unable to do a full preview, so here are some quick thoughts on today’s game:
- The Panthers have recalled 22 year old defenseman Colby Robak. Robak’s addition means the team will be carrying seven defensemen. In the last week the team has called up Mike Santorelli, goaltender Jacob Markstrom, and now Robak. There have been no injuries or roster moves that would generally be the reason for a call up so it seems like there could be a trade brewing. Dale Tallon has shown that he is not afraid of pulling the trigger on big moves (i.e. David Booth) and I cannot see the team carrying three goaltenders very long so it is definitely something to keep an eye on.
- Nathan Horton is no stranger to playing in Florida as he started his pro career with the Panthers. Since being traded Horton has won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins (although he had to wait a little extra to get his time with the cup). I remember Horton’s time in Florida with generally fond memories. Horton always seemed a bit disinterested in his time with Florida but who wouldn’t be on those terrible Panther teams.
- Jacob Markstrom played well in his debut against the Penguins stopping 37 of 40 shots. Which of the Panther’s three goalies on the roster gets the start today is anybody’s guess but it would be cool to see Markstrom make his home debut today.
- If Drew Shore looks a little bit different today on the ice it is because he has switched numbers. Having entrenched himself on the Panther roster shore switched from 50 to 15.