NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, November 14th
(All times eastern)
Detroit Red Wings (10-2-3) at Florida Panthers (6-8-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - With Florida goaltender Tomas Vokoun now battling a back
ailment, backup netminder Craig Anderson is hot at the right time. Anderson
will start his third straight game tonight, as the Panthers host the Detroit
Red Wings at BankAtlantic Center.
Anderson has started Florida's last two games -- both wins -- and has stopped
68-of-69 shots faced in that span. After a victory over Anaheim last Sunday,
Anderson recorded his first shutout of the season on Wednesday, making 24
saves in a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay.
It was Anderson's fifth career shutout and he is 3-1-1 with a 1.85 goals
against average in six games (5 starts) this year. The 27-year-old is just
0-2-0 in four games (1 start) lifetime versus the Red Wings with a 3.11 GAA.
Though it is likely Anderson would have started tonight's game anyway due to
his hot play, it is now a moot point with Vokoun out due to back spasms.
Vokoun has lost his last four starts, posting a 3.32 GAA in that span.
Gregory Campbell had two goals, while Bryan McCabe and Nathan Horton also
scored on Wednesday. Jay Bouwmeester added a pair of assists for the Panthers,
who have won two in a row following a six-game losing skid.
While Radek Dvorak is doubtful tonight due to a hamstring injury, Horton is
questionable due to flu-like symptoms. Horton (6 goals, 4 assists) is tied
with Keith Ballard (2g, 8a) for the team lead in points with 10.
Florida is 4-2-0 at home this season.
Detroit has won three of four after Thursday's 4-3 win over Tampa Bay. Johan
Franzen, Mikael Samuelsson, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk all had a goal
and an assist each.
For Datsyuk, he has two goals and three assists over his last four games,
while Marian Hossa, who had a pair of helpers in last night's win, has posted
three straight two-point games, totaling two goals and four assists.
Chris Osgood made 15 saves to improve to 17-0-0 all-time against the
Lightning, the best active record of any netminder against one team. Osgood is
13-1-1 with five ties and a 2.20 GAA in 22 career games against the Panthers,
while backup Ty Conklin, who could play tonight if Detroit chooses to rest
Osgood, is 5-0-0 with a 1.59 GAA in six lifetime games versus Florida.
Detroit, which is 7-1-1 on the road this year, defeated the Panthers at home
last year in the only meeting between the clubs. The Red Wings haven't visited
Florida since December 15, 2005 and are 8-1 with five ties in their last 14
versus the Panthers.
11/14 10:39:03 ET