Florida (13-12-3)at Calgary (16-11-2), 9:00 pm EST
CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) — With several of the team’s
offensive threats sidelined due to injuries, the Florida
Panthers have turned to goaltender Craig Anderson.
Anderson hopes to deliver once again as the Panthers look to
extend their winning streak to three games when they take on the
Calgary Flames on Friday.
Making his eighth consecutive start, Anderson made 41 saves and
notched his third shutout of the season in the Panthers’ 2-0
victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. Anderson also
helped Florida defeat the Ottawa Senators, 4-3, in overtime on
Injured players David Booth (shoulder), Cory Stillman
(concussion), Nathan Horton (laceration), Richard Zednik (elbow)
and Cory Murphy (shoulder) all practiced on Wednesday, but were
still unable to play.
Regardless, Anderson was superb and the Panthers are 3-0-1 when
he makes 40-plus saves.
The Flames have also gotten stellar production from goaltender
Miikka Kiprusoff, who is tied for the league-lead with 16
victories. Before falling to the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1, on
Tuesday, he registered his third shutout in a 3-0 win against
the New York Rangers on Sunday.
Calgary has lost two straight, including a 4-3 overtime defeat
to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, when Kiprusoff was given
the night off in favor of backup Curtis McElhinney.