The Florida Panthers are in last place in the east and have lost five of their last six. A couple of games ago the Panthers were bombed 7-1 by Washington. Their main netminder, Jose Theodore, is on the shelf. So is star forward Stephen Weiss.
This is a game the Habs would very much like to win.
Also, you might recall the last time the Canadiens were in Sunrise, much of the bottom middle section of the rink, absolute prime seating, was empty. So it was interesting that just the other day on Sportsnet, host Doug MacLean asked Panthers analyst Bill Lindsay why there’s always so many empty seats down low. Lindsay replied that in that part of the building, the food out in the lobby is really good and fans like to stay out there and eat.
Yes indeed. Real hockey country.