Thursday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 9: Jason Garrison #52 of the Florida Panthers scores a goal on Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres during their NHL game at First Niagara Center on December 9, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

Three: the number of goals by which the Panthers' Jason Garrison (11) leads the rest of the league's defensemen. His 7 power play markers are one less than the total individual goal output of runners-up Nick Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall, and (now injured) Shea Weber.

The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L/10

Streak

1

Boston

34

24

9

1

49

121

64

13-6-1

11-3-0

8-2-0

Won 7

2

NY Rangers

35

22

9

4

48

103

76

11-3-2

11-6-2

7-3-0

Lost 1

3

Florida

37

19

11

7

45

99

101

9-3-5

10-8-2

4-3-3

Won 1

4

Philadelphia

35

21

10

4

46

119

104

8-5-2

13-5-2

6-3-1

Lost 2

5

Pittsburgh

36

21

11

4

46

118

93

11-3-2

10-8-2

6-4-0

Won 4

6

New Jersey

36

20

15

1

41

100

104

9-6-1

11-9-0

7-3-0

Won 1

7

Toronto

36

18

14

4

40

113

118

8-5-4

10-9-0

4-4-2

Lost 1

8

Winnipeg

36

17

14

5

39

100

105

12-6-1

5-8-4

6-3-1

Won 1

9

Ottawa

37

17

15

5

39

113

128

10-8-1

7-7-4

4-4-2

Lost 1

10

Washington

35

18

15

2

38

104

106

12-5-1

6-10-1

5-4-1

Won 1

11

Buffalo

36

17

16

3

37

97

106

9-9-3

8-7-0

3-5-2

Lost 1

12

Montreal

37

14

16

7

35

94

103

5-7-6

9-9-1

3-5-2

Won 1

13

Tampa Bay

35

15

17

3

33

95

117

9-5-0

6-12-3

4-5-1

Won 1

14

Carolina

38

12

20

6

30

97

127

8-10-2

4-10-4

4-4-2

Lost 1

15

NY Islanders

34

11

17

6

28

77

111

6-9-3

5-8-3

3-6-1

Lost 3

*

Why last night rocked:

  • Um, 24/7?

Why last night jonesed:

  • WSH over NYR, 4-1; gonna be an ornery band of Rangers in town Friday
  • BOS over PHX, 2-1 (OT); seven-straight for the Broons (with 3 games-in-hand over FLA)
  • NJ over BUF, 3-1; Devils pass 40-point mark

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

Ever consider becoming a ridiculously passionate fan of the Kings for one night? Your invite has arrived...

  • TOR at CAR, 7 p.m.
  • PHI at PIT, 7
  • CGY at NYI, 7
  • MTL at TB, 7:30
  • LA at WPG, 8:30

Next up for the Cats:

Tomorrow at home vs the Rags. There will lie the LBC Game Thread, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, survivor of countless incursions behind enemy lines. Killed for vagrancy in Jerkwater, USA...but rises from the ashes at 7.

Did you know:

Since the 2005-06 season, the Panthers are 7-2-0-4 when hosting the Rangers, with each club combining for a staggering seven shootout finishes. Florida has won the past two matches in Sunrise, both ending in regulation.

Still waiting on:

Some official news regarding John Madden; stay tuned.

UPDATE: Per Harvey/GR, Madden has arrived for a physical and to continue contract talks. Thx, flpanther360.

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