Saturday Caterwaul: Panthers GameDay Open Forum

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 15: The Florida Panthers celebrate a 6-0 win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on November 15, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

We're all painfully aware of Friday's carnage in Sunrise; forget it. Besides: is there any other club you'd truly wish to emerge victorious over than Montreal on this of all nights? I thought not.

Lots of running around for everyone today - myself included - so with this Caterwaul I and everyone on the LBC staff extend our sincere thanks for another phenomenal year of growth and new relationships with some pretty awesome hockey fans. It works because you make it the vibrant community that it has become. Happy New Year, all...please be safe and smart this evening :)




Wasn't much to celebrate on the scoreboard after three periods - two of which actually featured some very good hockey - but Matt Bradley's remarkable 9-hit effort resulted in a true grinder's goal (assisted by Erik Gudbranson) above.

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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L/10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

36

23

9

4

50

107

77

11-3-2

12-6-2

7-3-0

Won 1

2

Boston

34

24

9

1

49

121

64

13-6-1

11-3-0

8-2-0

Won 7

3

Florida

38

19

12

7

45

100

105

9-4-5

10-8-2

3-4-3

Lost 1

4

Philadelphia

36

22

10

4

48

123

106

8-5-2

14-5-2

6-3-1

Won 1

5

Pittsburgh

37

21

12

4

46

120

97

11-4-2

10-8-2

5-5-0

Lost 1

6

New Jersey

36

20

15

1

41

100

104

9-6-1

11-9-0

7-3-0

Won 1

7

Winnipeg

37

18

14

5

41

101

105

13-6-1

5-8-4

6-3-1

Won 2

8

Toronto

37

18

14

5

41

116

122

8-5-4

10-9-1

3-4-3

OT 1

9

Ottawa

38

18

15

5

41

117

131

11-8-1

7-7-4

5-3-2

Won 1

10

Washington

36

19

15

2

40

107

107

13-5-1

6-10-1

6-3-1

Won 2

11

Buffalo

37

17

17

3

37

98

109

9-9-3

8-8-0

3-6-1

Lost 2

12

Tampa Bay

36

16

17

3

35

99

120

10-5-0

6-12-3

5-4-1

Won 2

13

Montreal

38

14

17

7

35

97

107

5-7-6

9-10-1

3-6-1

Lost 1

14

Carolina

39

13

20

6

32

101

130

9-10-2

4-10-4

5-3-2

Won 1

15

NY Islanders

35

12

17

6

30

80

112

7-9-3

5-8-3

3-6-1

Won 1

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Why last night rocked:

Clemmer's shaky start doomed the Cats early, but if any positive could be taken from a 4-1 loss it's that FLA (minus, yes, six starters) settled down into what became a competitive game. Beyond that, nuthin'.

Why last night jonesed:

  • WSH over BUF, 3-1; Ovie (2G) outscores sinking Sabres
  • OTW over CGY, 4-3 (OT); yep...Flames surrendered a three-goal lead

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

  • EDM at NYI, 1 p.m.
  • PIT at NJ, 3
  • CAR at TB, 5
  • OTW at BUF, 7
  • TOR at WPG, 7; So. Big.
  • WSH at CBJ, 7; This isn't even fair
  • BOS at DAL, 8

Next up for the Cats:

It's New Years Eve, which means our favorite cross-conference foes will be bringing their own unique brand of optimism and bizarrely misplaced soccer chants to the BAC; if you'll be attending get those lungs in shape pronto, they will be needed. The LBC Game Thread brings the voodoo it does so well at 6:30.

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