Sunday Caterwaul: Panthers GameDay Open Forum

MONTREAL, CANADA - OCTOBER 24: Josh Gorges #26 and Yannick Weber #68 of the Montreal Canadiens defend against Marco Sturm #16 of the Florida Panthers during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on October 24, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Panthers defeated the Canadiens 2-1. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

“I don’t think that was an X-and-O thing. That came from a false sense of who we are. We got leads against some good teams, and all of a sudden we started thinking we’re a first-place team. We would get complacent.”

- A bit of enlightened insight from Montreal forward Josh Gorges (#26, above) after the Saturday canning of coach Jacques Martin, in a great article

via Red Light/Hackel

The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L/10

Streak

1

Philadelphia

31

20

8

3

43

110

91

8-5-2

12-3-1

8-2-0

Lost 1

2

Boston

31

21

9

1

43

108

61

11-6-1

10-3-0

8-2-0

Won 4

3

Florida

32

17

9

6

40

87

82

7-2-5

10-7-1

5-3-2

Won 1

4

NY Rangers

30

18

8

4

40

87

67

8-3-2

10-5-2

6-3-1

Won 1

5

Pittsburgh

33

18

11

4

40

107

88

9-3-2

9-8-2

5-5-0

Won 1

6

New Jersey

32

18

13

1

37

90

92

7-5-1

11-8-0

6-4-0

Won 4

7

Buffalo

32

16

13

3

35

89

94

8-9-3

8-4-0

4-4-2

Lost 1

8

Toronto

32

16

13

3

35

100

105

7-5-3

9-8-0

4-5-1

Lost 2

9

Winnipeg

32

15

13

4

34

89

97

11-5-0

4-8-4

6-4-0

Won 1

10

Ottawa

33

15

14

4

34

102

116

8-7-1

7-7-3

4-4-2

Won 1

11

Washington

31

16

14

1

33

91

96

10-5-1

6-9-0

4-6-0

Lost 1

12

Montreal

33

13

13

7

33

85

89

5-7-6

8-6-1

3-3-4

Lost 2

13

Tampa Bay

32

14

16

2

30

87

107

8-5-0

6-11-2

3-7-0

Won 2

14

NY Islanders

30

10

14

6

26

69

97

6-8-3

4-6-3

5-3-2

Won 1

15

Carolina

33

10

18

5

25

84

113

6-9-2

4-9-3

2-7-1

Won 1

*

Why last night rocked:

  • Colorado over Washington, 2-1 (REG); half-off everything in the Avs' gift shop
  • Boston over Philadelphia, 6-0; next HBO 24/7 gonna be one for the books
  • Vancouver over Toronto, 5-3; Kessel nails 19th though Leafs are 4-5-1 last ten

Why last night jonesed:

And there was a lot to dislike on Saturday...

  • Winnipeg over Anaheim, 5-3; five different scorers for Jets in Selanne's (2A) return
  • Tampa Bay over Columbus, 3-2 (REG); Garon improves to 7-8-1
  • Rangers over Phoenix, 3-2 (REG); Gabby nets two
  • Pittsburgh over Buffalo, 8-3; Sabres goalies combined for 18 saves
  • New Jersey over Montreal, 5-3; Don't look now, but DeBoevils have strung together 4 wins

Why tonight is a Big Deal:

  • Cats/Canes only game on the block in Eastern Conference

Next up for the Cats:

  • Matinee at home this evening vs Carolina; LBC Game Thread drops the hammer at 4:30.

Community policy update:

Beginning with today's (December 18, 2011) game thread, Litter Box Cats will not permit links to illegal ("pirate") game streams to be submitted in the comments section. As a community we are being proactive in light of rising attention, on a federal level, being paid to such activities.

Sorry to Grinch it all up, folks, but the writing really is on the wall for a massive crackdown, and it's far easier to simply shut down the option than deal with potential repercussions down the road. Besides, these streams are illegal, and we must keep our operation "clean", so to speak.

We'll post a reminder before each Game Thread. LBC sincerely appreciates your participation and understands the inconvenience this may bring a few of you, but the payoff in a legitimate and legal community is the ultimate goal. Thanks, all. :)

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