Wednesday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 16: With the ice littered by plastic rats the Florida Panthers mascot skates with the club banner after the game against the Calgary Flames on December 16, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Flames 3-2 in a shoot out. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

"[Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P.] Arencibia, who grew up a Florida Panthers fan, fondly remembered their remarkable run to the Stanley Cup final in 1996. He kidded that, as a 10-year-old, he developed what became the arm of a major-league catcher by being among those thousands of fans who threw those rubber rats on the ice."

- CBC's Gord Stellick; more on Arencibia's first meeting with The Beezer here


Miami Herald * Sun-Sentinel * AZ Central (AP) * LBC Recap * Five For Howling

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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L/10

Streak

1

Boston

32

22

9

1

45

111

63

12-6-1

10-3-0

8-2-0

Won 5

2

Philadelphia

32

20

8

4

44

112

94

8-5-2

12-3-2

7-2-1

OT 1

3

Florida

34

18

10

6

42

91

86

8-3-5

10-7-1

5-3-2

Lost 1

4

NY Rangers

31

19

8

4

42

91

68

8-3-2

11-5-2

6-3-1

Won 2

5

Pittsburgh

34

19

11

4

42

110

90

10-3-2

9-8-2

5-5-0

Won 2

6

New Jersey

33

18

14

1

37

91

96

7-6-1

11-8-0

6-4-0

Lost 1

7

Toronto

33

16

13

4

36

102

108

7-5-4

9-8-0

3-5-2

OT 1

8

Ottawa

34

16

14

4

36

106

117

9-7-1

7-7-3

4-4-2

Won 2

9

Washington

32

17

14

1

35

95

97

11-5-1

6-9-0

5-5-0

Won 1

10

Buffalo

33

16

14

3

35

90

98

8-9-3

8-5-0

3-5-2

Lost 2

11

Winnipeg

33

15

13

5

35

91

100

11-5-1

4-8-4

6-3-1

OT 1

12

Montreal

34

13

14

7

33

87

92

5-7-6

8-7-1

3-4-3

Lost 3

13

Tampa Bay

32

14

16

2

30

87

107

8-5-0

6-11-2

3-7-0

Won 2

14

NY Islanders

31

11

14

6

28

72

99

6-8-3

5-6-3

5-3-2

Won 2

15

Carolina

34

10

18

6

26

86

116

6-9-2

4-9-4

2-6-2

OT 1

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Why last night rocked:

  • Rangers over New Jersey, 4-1
  • Islanders over Winnipeg, 3-2 (SO)
  • Ottawa over Buffalo, 4-1

Why last night jonesed:

  • Washington over Nashville, 4-1
  • Pittsburgh over Chicago, 3-2 (REG)

Why tonight is a Big Deal:

  • Phoenix at Carolina, 7 p.m.
  • Montreal at Chicago, 7:30
  • Philadelphia at Dallas, 7:30
  • Tampa Bay at San Jose, 10:30

Next up for the Cats:

  • Tomorrow at Ottawa; Game Thread kicks off at 7

Did you know:

  • With seven penalties issued their way Tuesday evening, Florida's average PIM per game rose to 10.8 (9th "best" in the league). Who paces the NHL? Phoenix, with 8.6.
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