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Terry Murray


C - Viktor Kozlov, Rob Niedermayer, Dave Gagner, Chris Wells, Steve Washburn. LW - Ray Whitney, Johan Garpenlov, Oleg Kvasha, Kirk Muller, Bill Lindsay, Peter Worrell. RW - Scott Mellanby, Dino Ciccarelli, Radek Dvorak, Mark Parrish. D - Robert Svehla, Gord Murphy, Ed Jovanovski, Paul Laus, Terry Carkner, Rhett Warrener, Jaroslav Spacek. G - Kirk McLean, Sean Burke.


Dino Ciccarelli, rw (back, 2-4 weeks); Chris Wells, c (hernia, indefinite).


December 15th - Assigned defenseman Jaroslav Spacek to New Haven of the AHL. December 18th - Named Costa Papista general manager for Louisville of the AHL.


12/09 Ottawa          W 6-5
12/12 Calgary         L 4-2
12/16 Pittsburgh      W 4-1
12/19 Edmonton        W 3-1


Southeast Division  GP   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA  
  Carolina          33  15  13   5    35   85   78   
  Florida           28  11  11   6    28   73   76 
  Washington        29   9  17   3    21   60   78  
  Tampa Bay         32   8  21   3    19   68  114 


by Matthew Secosky, Florida Correspondent

The Panthers have just finished off a successful five-game homestand, compiling a 3-1-1 record along the way. This recent success has improved their overall record to 11-11-6 and keeps them in excellent position for a playoff run.

Florida has been playing with a new sense of confidence and desire over the past three weeks and players such as Kozlov, Whitney and Niedermayer have led the way offensively for the Panthers. In the past four games, Kozlov has six points (3G-3A), Whitney five (3G-2A), and Niedermayer also five (2G-3A). Sean Burke has been solid in net with a 3-0-1 record in his last four starts while allowing only seven goals. For the record, Burke had given up 24 goals in his six starts before the current 'goodtimes.'

When questioned about the Panthers recent up-swing, Sean Burke had this to say. "The margin in games is so small, a little more emotion can make all the difference."

Burke also commented on his current goaltending adventures. "The last couple of times I've gone out with the idea of being very aggressive. If I get beat, so be it. I didn't want to beat myself. I wanted to play at the top of the crease, and be as aggressive as I could."

Random Notes

A Pain in the @$$

Dino Ciccarelli has been a spark for the Panthers ever since he returned five games ago, but unfortunately his battered body hasn't had a chance to completely heal. "I'm sure I aggravated the (back) injury," Ciccarelli remarked. "I don't want to go through the whole season like this. Away from the rink, it's pretty painful."

In the five games he played, Dino tallied five goals and one assist. He is expected to be out 2-4 weeks.

Chris Wells Well

Chris Wells, C, skated with the team Monday for the first time since March 25th. He is recovering from surgery he had eight weeks ago to repair a hernia and expects to return to game action in two to three weeks. After participating in half of a 65-minute practice, he took the time to express himself in words. "It felt good, but I didn't want to overdo it. It's just a matter of getting back in shape and getting a feel for the game again. I haven't played in nine or 10 months and it's almost like learning the game over again.''

Out of Touch, Out of Time

Robert Svehla was suspended for Saturday's game after showing up six minutes late to practice Friday. He was also fined a small amount of money. Rhett Warrener played for Svehla, but Svehla should be back in the lineup Wednesday. Unless, of course, he's late.

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