GAME: Atlanta Thrashers (13-11-3-1) at Florida Panthers (9-14-4-0).
TIME: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Florida Panthers look to end a four-game winless streak as they host the
Atlanta Thrashers at the Office Depot Center.
Florida is 0-2-2 over its last four games, and has only managed two wins
over its last nine contests.
The Panthers were unable to get any of their 30 shots past Senators goalie
Martin Prusek in Wednesday's 4-0 loss to Ottawa. The four-goal margin matched
the Panthers' largest of the season.
"Truthfully, I blame myself for this," Florida coach Rick Dudley said.
"We came off a hard trip. We probably had a pretty easy two practices in terms
of skating. We had no legs tonight.
The Panthers are in the midst of a four-game homestand that brings Atlanta,
Boston and Montreal to the Office Depot Center.
The Thrashers, who have lost four of six, are coming off a 6-2 win over the
Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Friday. Goaltender Byron Dafoe won for the first time
in 10 months, stopping 35 shots in his first appearance in 20 days.
Marc Savard scored two more goals for Atlanta, while Slava Kozlov had a goal
and three assists to make things easy for Dafoe.
"This is huge for me personally," said Dafoe, who won for the first time
since a 4-2 victory at New Jersey on Feb. 7. "It's been a long time."
Dafoe, a No. 1 goalie for most of his career, missed the final 25 games last
season with a hernia. He came into this season as the backup to Pasi Nurminen.
It was only the fourth game of the season for Dafoe.