The Florida Panthers returned to the ice on Saturday for an afternoon practice at incredible ICE, following the league mandated two-day break for the Christmas holiday.
"The guys got a well deserved break," said Head coach Peter DeBoer following the 60-minute workout. "We have played a lot of hockey so far, so it will be nice to get some practice days in for us over the next week."
Florida will host Boston tomorrow, Montreal on Dec. 31 and the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 3. All three games will begin at 5 pm.
Team captain Bryan McCabe who leads the club averaging 22:38 of ice time per game likes where the club sits heading into Sunday's game.
"It was nice to get some rest ad now we have the chance to play a few home games and get in some important practice time," said McCabe. "We have played pretty well through the first half of the season and we need to continue to work hard and build on all the good things that we have done over the last few weeks."NOTES:
David Booth skated on his own prior to the team's practice...The two-day break marked the first time that Florida had consecutived days off since Nov. 10-11... Nick Tarnasky, who will play in his first game on Sunday since suffering a broken orbital bone on Sept. 15, practiced on a line with Kamil Kreps and Steve MacIntyre... Rostislav Olesz did not practice due to flu like symptoms...C Shawn Matthias
was recalled from Rochester and is expected to play if Olesz can not play...Boston enters Sunday's game with an 18-11-7 mark, good for second place in the Northeast Division.