That’s how many turkeys the Florida Panthers Foundation handed out Tuesday to underprivileged families for Thanksgiving at the Cooperative Feeding Program in Broward County.
747. More than 9,000 pounds.
After collecting more than $10,000 from Panthers coaches, players and employees, the Panthers Foundation, as well as players Nathan Horton, Nick Tarnasky, Shawn Matthias
, Kenndal McArdle and Victor Oreskovich helped stock the food pantries, assist in the kitchen and hand out boxes of food to needy families.
747. COLLECTING AND CLIMBING
Having earned points in seven consecutive games and going 8-2-2 since Oct. 30, the Panthers continue their climb up the standings after a rough start. Although it’s early in the season, the Panthers find themselves just three points from fifth in the Eastern Conference with the Rangers coming to town.
Coach Peter DeBoer said after a Tuesday morning practice at incredible
ICE that Monday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Penguins was tough. “On the other side, with some of the people we have out and still playing (Sidney) Crosby and (Evgeni) Malkin, if someone had told me before the game we’d hold them in check for two periods and we’d find a way in overtime to get a point, we’d be pretty happy with that,” he said.
“We’re picking up points every night and that’s the main thing,” he added.
The Panthers are playing some of their best hockey of the season despite being without 30-goal scorer David Booth (concussion) and Cory Stillman (knee). DeBoer said Stillman has a strained knee and will likely miss approximately three weeks. Meanwhile, Gregory Campbell (upper body) practiced Tuesday but was called “doubtful” for Wednesday’s game against the Rangers.