Thursday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

SUNRISE, FL - NOVEMBER 21: Head coach Kevin Dineen of the Florida Panthers talks ot the players during a time out in the second period against the New Jersey Devils on November 21, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Currently, there are nine active coaches who have heard their name called as the League's finest at the end of the season, including [Dan] Bylsma, Joel Quenneville, Jacques Martin, John Tortorella, Lindy Ruff, Alain Vigneault, Bruce Boudreau, Claude Julien, and Dave Tippett. While a few of those coaches might also be in the running at the conclusion of this season, here are the three who deserve the most recognition. As it turns out, all of them are in their first year on the job.

- NHL.com's Mike Morreale; care to guess the quarter-mark Jack Adams Award "winner"?

 

Not to be forgotten: all of us at LBC send our very best to you and yours on American Thanksgiving. As have the Cats, we've come a long way since the early days of the 2008-09 season, and it's been our honor and pleasure to have the opportunity to host each and every one of you day in and day out as the years have progressed.

Sure is a lot more fun these days, eh? On to the goods, beginning with Wednesday's highlights:


 


 

EASTERN

Rank Team GP W L OT PTS GF GA Home Away Last 10 Streak
1 Pittsburgh 22 12 6 4 28 67 53 7-1-2 5-5-2 4-4-2 OT 1
2 Florida 21 12 6 3 27 62 52 5-2-3 7-4-0 6-2-2 Won 3
3 Boston 20 13 7 0 26 69 42 8-5-0 5-2-0 10-0-0 Won 10
4 Philadelphia 21 12 6 3 27 77 65 5-4-2 7-2-1 6-2-2 Won 1
5 Toronto 22 12 8 2 26 70 70 6-3-2 6-5-0 4-5-1 Won 1
6 Washington 20 12 7 1 25 66 62 8-1-1 4-6-0 4-5-1 Won 2
7 Buffalo 21 12 8 1 25 61 55 5-6-1 7-2-0 6-3-1 OT 1
8 NY Rangers 18 10 5 3 23 48 40 5-1-1 5-4-2 7-2-1 Lost 2
 
9 New Jersey 20 11 8 1 23 54 55 5-3-1 6-5-0 7-3-0 Won 1
10 Montreal 22 10 9 3 23 57 53 4-5-3 6-4-0 5-4-1 Won 1
11 Ottawa 21 10 9 2 22 62 70 5-4-1 5-5-1 4-4-2 OT 1
12 Tampa Bay 20 9 9 2 20 55 67 6-3-0 3-6-2 5-5-0 Lost 2
13 Winnipeg 21 8 9 4 20 61 69 5-3-0 3-6-4 4-3-3 OT 1
14 Carolina 23 8 11 4 20 56 76 5-5-2 3-6-2 3-6-1 OT 1
15 NY Islanders 19 5 10 4 14 38 65 5-5-2 0-5-2 2-6-2 OT 1

 

Why last night freaking rocked:

  • St. Louis over Pittsburgh, 3-2 (OT); hey, it's something

Why last night completely jonesed:

  • Boston over Buffalo, 4-3 (SO)
  • New Jersey over Columbus, 2-1 (SO)
  • Philadelphia over the Isles, 4-3 (OT)
  • Washington over Winnipeg, 4-3 (OT)
  • Montreal over Carolina, 4-3 (SO)
  • OT: This overtime/shootout/loser-point thing is getting way out of hand. C'mon...6 of 7 games in the East went overtime? Seriously?

Why tonight is a Big Deal:

  • Sked be empty. Enjoy the day, friends!

Next up for the Cats:

  • Friday vs Tampa Bay, 7:30pm
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