Friday Caterwaul: Panthers GameDay Open Forum

"Off the rush", and off the ice for Kopy's gamewinner

“A lot of teams nowadays, that seems like their best way to create offense. When they get the puck, it’s the transition offense. Some teams are good at dumping it in and getting it back. Some teams are both ways. Some teams thrive off the transition. At least based on tonight, [Florida] seemed to get their best chances off the rush.’’

- Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas via the Boston Globe




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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L/10

Streak

1

Philadelphia

27

17

7

3

37

96

79

7-4-2

10-3-1

7-3-0

Won 4

2

Florida

28

16

8

4

36

80

69

6-2-4

10-6-0

7-2-1

Won 3

3

Boston

27

17

9

1

35

89

56

10-6-1

7-3-0

7-2-1

Lost 2

4

Pittsburgh

29

16

9

4

36

88

72

8-2-2

8-7-2

5-4-1

Lost 2

5

NY Rangers

25

15

6

4

34

73

58

7-2-2

8-4-2

6-3-1

OT 1

6

Toronto

28

15

10

3

33

89

90

6-4-3

9-6-0

5-4-1

OT 1

7

Buffalo

27

14

11

2

30

76

74

6-8-2

8-3-0

3-5-2

OT 1

8

Ottawa

29

13

12

4

30

90

101

7-5-1

6-7-3

4-3-3

OT 1

9

Washington

27

14

12

1

29

84

87

9-4-1

5-8-0

4-6-0

Won 1

10

New Jersey

27

14

12

1

29

70

78

6-4-1

8-8-0

5-5-0

Won 2

11

Montreal

29

11

11

7

29

72

76

4-5-6

7-6-1

3-3-4

OT 2

12

Winnipeg

27

12

11

4

28

77

83

8-4-0

4-7-4

7-2-1

Won 3

13

Tampa Bay

28

12

14

2

26

73

91

7-4-0

5-10-2

3-7-0

Won 1

14

NY Islanders

26

9

11

6

24

59

82

6-6-3

3-5-3

4-3-3

OT 1

15

Carolina

30

9

17

4

22

77

104

5-9-2

4-8-2

3-6-1

Won 1

Why last night rocked:

  • Pittsburgh took a regulation loss courtesy of Philadelphia, 3-2

Why last night jonesed:

Sadly, everyone else went to extra frames

  • New Jersey over Ottawa, 5-4 (SO)
  • Tampa Bay over the Rangers, 3-2 (SO)
  • Vancouver over Montreal, 4-3 (SO); admittedly, this could have been worse
  • Chicago over the Isles, 3-2 (OT); Islanders gain a point but is anyone concerned at this stage?

Why tonight is a Big Deal:

  • Toronto at Washington, 7 p.m.
  • Carolina at Winnipeg, 8:30

Next up for the Cats:

  • Right back at it in mere hours from Buffalo; preview coming up, LBC Game Thread get underway at 7. More from Die By The Blade here.
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