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Panthers face injury obstacles during playoff push

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When the Panthers begin their final Sweet Sixteen of games Tuesday in Pittsburgh in their push to the playoffs, they’ll be without two of the their leaders on offense and defense.

Defenseman Bryan McCabe, a leader on and off the ice for the Panthers this season, underwent surgery Monday to repair a fractured orbital bone in his right eye and will not play in Tuesday’s game in Pittsburgh or Thursday’s game in Buffalo.

Nathan Horton, who is second in goals (19) and third in scoring (38 points), will be out at least two weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a severed tendon on his left ring finger.

“When it rains it pours,” said Panther coach Peter DeBoer late Monday morning after watching his Panthers go through an hour practice here at IncredibleIce before flying to Pittsburgh.

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