Thursday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

SUNRISE, FL - OCTOBER 15: A general view of the BankAtlantic center during the game between the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 15, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Lightning 3-2 in a shoot out.

"The National Hockey League team has taken several Las Vegas casino operators on tours of the [BankAtlantic Center] property and discussed the possibility of building a destination resort casino on the land surrounding the arena if Florida legislators approve an expansion of casino gambling. The plan is similar to one being explored by the Miami Dolphins."

- Miami Herald's Elaine Walker; much more on what has the possibility of escalating into a regional dogfight between Broward and Miami/Dade counties here. On a similar note, anyone hit the Panthers Foundation Ice & Dice event on Wednesday evening? Love to hear some stories...

The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L/10

Streak

1

Philadelphia

29

19

7

3

41

106

82

8-4-2

11-3-1

8-2-0

Won 6

2

Boston

30

20

9

1

41

102

61

11-6-1

9-3-0

7-2-1

Won 3

3

Florida

31

16

9

6

38

84

80

6-2-5

10-7-1

4-3-3

OT 1

4

NY Rangers

28

17

7

4

38

83

61

8-3-2

9-4-2

7-2-1

Lost 1

5

Pittsburgh

31

17

10

4

38

95

79

8-3-2

9-7-2

5-4-1

Lost 1

6

Toronto

30

16

11

3

35

93

95

7-4-3

9-7-0

5-4-1

Won 1

7

Buffalo

30

15

12

3

33

81

82

7-9-3

8-3-0

3-4-3

OT 1

8

New Jersey

30

16

13

1

33

79

86

6-5-1

10-8-0

5-5-0

Won 2

9

Montreal

31

13

11

7

33

79

80

5-5-6

8-6-1

4-2-4

Won 2

10

Winnipeg

30

14

12

4

32

84

93

10-4-0

4-8-4

6-3-1

Won 1

11

Ottawa

32

14

14

4

32

96

112

7-7-1

7-7-3

4-4-2

Lost 1

12

Washington

29

15

13

1

31

89

94

10-5-1

5-8-0

4-6-0

Lost 1

13

Tampa Bay

30

12

16

2

26

79

101

7-5-0

5-11-2

3-7-0

Lost 2

14

NY Islanders

28

9

13

6

24

65

93

6-7-3

3-6-3

4-3-3

Lost 2

15

Carolina

32

9

18

5

23

80

110

5-9-2

4-9-3

1-7-2

OT 1

*

Why last night rocked:

  • Lets be honest: Boston's 5-2 victory over Ottawa was a blessing for FLA. At 20-9-1 the Bruins are displaying very few signs of weakness making them the odds-on favorite to win their division. That being the case, just about any game they play - and win - against another Eastern club is boon for the Panthers.

Why last night jonesed:

  • None from where I'm sitting

Why tonight is a Big Deal:

  • Vancouver at Carolina, 7 p.m...should this "game" even be listed here?
  • Dallas at the Isles, 7
  • Calgary at Tampa Bay, 7:30
  • Philadelphia at Montreal, 7:30
  • Rangers at St. Louis, 8
  • Washington at Winnipeg, 8:30...ugh; go for the Caps to leapfrog, or the Jets in hopes that they eventually slow down? Whatever, so long as it's kept in regulation.

Next up for the Cats:

  • Tomorrow vs Calgary at the BAC; no local TV, but your LBC Game Thread courageously presses on at 7.
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