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Countdown 25: November 18th at Boston

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
The Panthers 2010-11 season is quickly approaching and with that, is taking a look at the top ten questions, players to watch and games of the season on a countdown to the home opener on October 16th against Tampa Bay. We'll unveil one of the top ten on a rotating basis each day to help fans get ready for what hopes to be an exciting season.

Nathan Horton, Gregory Campbell, & Dennis Wideman
In today's topic, we take a closer look at the game at Boston on November 18th in the Top 10 Games this season.

It will be a game of "long time, no see" when the Panthers travel to Boston to take on the Bruins for their game on November 18th.

That's because, for three players anyways, they will be taking on their former team for the first time since being traded for each other just before June's draft. For Nathan Horton, Gregory Campbell and Dennis Wideman, they will be forever linked in a trade on June 22nd that saw them swap teams.

Wideman, the Panthers main acquistion in the trade along with a first round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and a 2011 3rd round pick, will be returning to Boston to face former teammates such as Zdeno Chara, David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron. The 27-year old spent the last three-plus seasons with the B's where he racked up 119 points (33 goals, 86 assists) in 256 games.

For Horton and Campbell, it will be entirely different. While Wideman played for St. Louis before being traded to Boston during the 2006-07 season, Horton and Campbell have always been Panthers. They were drafted by the franchise and they spent years evolving their game while donning the Panthers crest. Now they will be facing off against long time friends and teammates.

Horton was a first round pick (third overall in 2003) and is high on most of the Panthers career scoring lists as he has 295 points (142 goals, 153 assists) in 422 games while Campbell was a third round selection (67th overall in 2002) and racked up 85 points (29 goals, 56 assists) in 363 as a defensive forward.

Other players with ties to the other team include Byron Bitz and Dennis Sidenberg who were swapped for each other at last season's NHL trade deadline and Marty Reasoner who played for the Bruins after the trade deadline in 2006. It would be Bitz' (Bruins fourth round pick in 2003 NHL draft - 107 overall) first game against his former team as he was injured when Florida beat Seidenberg and Boston 1-0 at the TD Garden on April 1st.

While the bigger game might be less than a week later when the Bruins make their first visit, along with Horton and Campbell, to Sunrise on November 24th, we chose the November 18th game as the one that makes the countdown as it's the first time the two teams meet up. There should be a lot of fanfare for this game in particular as well.
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