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Guddy Back In The Lineup

Monday, 01.6.2014 / 2:00 PM ET
By Glenn Odebralski - FloridaPanthers.com / Panthers Insider
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Guddy Back In The Lineup

A game after getting their captain back, the Panthers will see the return of another defenseman as Erik Gudbranson returns from injury when Florida takes on the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre Monday night.

Gudbranson has missed the last five games after having orbital bone surgery after getting hurt on Dec. 20 in Winnipeg.

"I was told it was two-three week recovery. It's two weeks today so I feel ready to go," said Gudbranson following the morning skate at the Bell Centre. "It's fun to play. I'm excited to play."

The young gun will wear a cage as he continues to heal but that doesn't mean he'll change up his game.

"That shouldn't be an issue," said Gudbranson. "There's a couple of blind spots but I've worn it the past week skating so I've gotten pretty used to it."

Gudbranson will be paired with the Cats captain, Ed Jovanovski. The return of the pair of defensemen is only good things for the Cats.

"There's a progress for both of them coming back off an injury," said interim head coach Peter Horachek. "They've been out for a little while. One is going to wear a cage so that's always a little difficult…and Jovo is still coming off his first game so it's all progress. It's good to have them out there and it's good timing too."

"It goes back to my first year. I thought we played extremely well that year and it should be a seamless transition," said Gudbranson of being paired with Jovanovski. "We're both very vocal, we talk well on the ice and we've had that chemistry from that first year so making that transition, starting with him should be good."

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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