Wednesday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

BOSTON, MA - MAY 06: Kris Versteeg #10 of the Philadelphia Flyers gets a shot past Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 6, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

"I got along great with the coach, and the [Flyers] organization, and they asked me what I thought I was capable of doing. They told me I'd be in their plans. This was at the year-end meeting. Two months later, I was traded."

- Florida forward Kris Versteeg, via Hyde/Sun-Sentinel

The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L/10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

40

27

9

4

58

118

83

13-3-2

14-6-2

9-1-0

Won 5

2

Boston

39

27

11

1

55

146

76

15-7-1

12-4-0

8-2-0

Won 1

3

Florida

42

21

13

8

50

109

116

11-4-5

10-9-3

4-4-2

Won 1

4

Philadelphia

41

25

12

4

54

139

122

10-6-2

15-6-2

5-4-1

Won 1

5

Ottawa

44

23

15

6

52

140

144

14-8-1

9-7-5

7-1-2

Won 2

6

Toronto

42

22

15

5

49

135

131

12-5-4

10-10-1

6-2-2

Won 4

7

New Jersey

42

23

17

2

48

117

123

11-7-1

12-10-1

5-4-1

Lost 1

8

Pittsburgh

41

21

16

4

46

124

111

11-7-2

10-9-2

4-6-0

Lost 5

9

Winnipeg

42

20

17

5

45

112

124

14-6-1

6-11-4

5-4-1

Lost 1

10

Washington

40

21

17

2

44

118

120

14-5-1

7-12-1

5-4-1

Lost 2

11

Buffalo

42

18

19

5

41

107

123

10-9-5

8-10-0

2-6-2

Lost 1

12

Montreal

42

16

19

7

39

109

117

7-8-6

9-11-1

3-7-0

Lost 1

13

Tampa Bay

41

17

20

4

38

113

141

11-5-1

6-15-3

4-4-2

OT 1

14

NY Islanders

40

15

19

6

36

96

126

9-9-3

6-10-3

5-5-0

Won 1

15

Carolina

44

14

23

7

35

113

148

10-11-3

4-12-4

4-5-1

Lost 2

*

Why last night rocked:

Man...where to begin?

  • BOS over WPG, 5-3; just 5?
  • PHI over CAR, 2-1 (REG); come to think of it, almost rather the Canes took this one
  • VAN over TB, 5-4 (SO); 8 different scorers in regulation
  • STL over MTL, 3-0; Halak stumps Habs in heralded return to Montreal
  • CGY over NJ, 6-3; Mr. One-Line-Team checked in with a minus-2

Why last night jonesed:

  • NYR over PHX, 2-1 (SO)

Flip a coin:

  • TOR over BUF, 2-0
  • OTW over PIT, 5-1
  • NYI over DET, 5-1(!)

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

  • PIT at WSH, 7:30 p.m.; Pens are 8-3-1-1 in D.C. since the lockout
  • NJ at EDM, 9; Devils are 10-10-5-0-0 all-time at Rexall/Northlands, though Lou's Crew is 6-1 over last 7

Next up for the Cats:

Friday. At home. Against Pittsburgh. Now is a time of great decision - Are we to stay or up and quit? - There's no avoiding this conclusion - Our town is turning into…the LBC Game Thread, 7 p.m.

Playoff Update:

Did not play, playoff odds up 1.9 to 83.3% (Sports Club Stats)

Did you know:

Tomas Fleischmann is 7-5-12 (with 2 winners) in 15 games vs. the Pens

On the table:

Despite a recent rough stretch, Rampage fans have reason to look ahead to Saturday night...Theo may return soon, but in case the injuries in net don't settle out down the stretch, an option does exist...speaking of goaltenders, good ones are evidently a pretty big wheel down at the cracker factory...our longtime pal FrankD will be stepping aside from editorial duties at PensBurgh; our very best of luck to him - one of the pioneers in SB Nation's hockey network - down the road...just how bad is the situation in Columbus?...Surgery? What surgery? Alien is all smiles.

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