The Florida Panthers at 2-5-0 haven't started the 2013 season as they had hoped. They're fifth in the Atlantic ahead of only Buffalo and are staring at a -12 goal differential just seven games into the season.

Understandably the Panthers are pulling out all the stops in order to increase attendance even if that includes advertising to their opponent's fans. The Panthers host the Bruins on Thursday night but most of Boston's loyal fan base will be fixated on game five of the ALCS also tonight at 8 p.m. ET. To alleviate any concerns for the out-of-town-fans the Panthers have guaranteed that they'll televise the playoff game.

That's low especially since Thursday's meeting between the Bruins and the Panthers isn't insignificant. Long-time Bruins goalie Tim Thomas -- who left the team with a year remaining on his contract after the 2011-'12 season -- will start in goal for the Panthers after signing a one-year deal last month.

“Never thought that we would play against each other” current Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask told The Globe. “But I mean I'm glad he made his comeback. That's what people want.”

That and a little October baseball.