Sunday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

SUNRISE, FL - JANUARY 13: Erik Gudbranson #44 of the Florida Panthers takes Eric Tangradi #25 of the Pittsburgh Penguins to the ice during a fight on January 13, 2012 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

A pile of Erik/Eric: rookie blueliner Erik Gudbranson has 22 hits in his past ten appearances, plus this takedown of Pittsburgh's Eric Tangradi on Friday.

The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L/10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

42

28

10

4

60

121

86

13-4-2

15-6-2

8-2-0

Won 1

2

Boston

41

28

12

1

57

150

81

16-7-1

12-5-0

7-3-0

Lost 1

3

Florida

43

21

14

8

50

110

120

11-5-5

10-9-3

3-5-2

Lost 1

4

Philadelphia

43

26

13

4

56

144

128

10-6-2

16-7-2

5-5-0

Lost 1

5

Ottawa

46

25

15

6

56

146

146

14-8-1

11-7-5

8-1-1

Won 4

6

New Jersey

44

25

17

2

52

121

125

11-7-1

14-10-1

6-3-1

Won 2

7

Toronto

44

22

17

5

49

137

137

12-6-4

10-11-1

5-4-1

Lost 2

8

Washington

42

23

17

2

48

123

123

16-5-1

7-12-1

6-3-1

Won 2

9

Pittsburgh

43

22

17

4

48

128

113

11-7-2

11-10-2

4-6-0

Won 1

10

Winnipeg

44

20

19

5

45

113

128

14-8-1

6-11-4

4-6-0

Lost 3

11

Buffalo

44

19

20

5

43

112

129

11-9-5

8-11-0

3-5-2

Lost 1

12

Montreal

44

16

20

8

40

112

122

7-8-7

9-12-1

3-6-1

OT 1

13

Carolina

46

16

23

7

39

122

152

11-11-3

5-12-4

5-4-1

Won 2

14

NY Islanders

42

16

20

6

38

102

131

10-10-3

6-10-3

5-5-0

Won 1

15

Tampa Bay

43

17

22

4

38

118

150

11-6-1

6-16-3

3-5-2

Lost 2

*

Why last night rocked:

  • NJ over WPG, 2-1 (REG); Devils score twice in third to keep Jets - wait for it - grounded with 45 points and three consecutive losses. Cats retain 5-point lead
  • CAR over BOS, 4-2; high hopes for a massive 48-hour hangover by the loser here
  • NYI over BUF, 4-2; Sabres 1-3-1 in last 5
  • NYR over TOR, 3-0; Leafs have lost two after 4-game win streak
  • NSH over PHI, 4-2; recent stretch is L-W-W-L-W-W-L for Flyers

Why last night jonesed:

  • OTW over MTL, 3-2 (SO); Sens' victory in skillz komp only (minor) scratch on solid off-ice night for Panthers

Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

  • PIT at TB, 1 p.m.; Bolts are 4-1 over last five vs Pens in Da Bay
  • CAR at WSH, 5; a rather monumental final Damocles-style game-in-hand for Caps over FLA, as Washington has grabbed points in seven of past eight at Raleigh
  • NYR at MTL, 7 (NBC-SN); Habs are 7-1 in last eight at home vs Rags. A New York regulation victory is the best outcome

Next up for the Cats:

At home tomorrow vs BOS. The LBC Game Thread loathes the bus. There has to be a more dignified mode of transportation. And there is, right here at 7 p.m.

Did you know:

Since a two-game winning streak over Calgary and Carolina (December 16/18), the Panthers are 3-5-2, scoring 20 goals while allowing 36.

On the table:

FLA prospect F Zach Hyman (5th/'10) and Michigan take on Ohio State in the Frozen Diamond Faceoff outdoor game from Progressive Field (home of MLB's Cleveland Indians), 5 p.m. ET...THN on the minor-league deal that went down Friday...more from our network bro WCH here...Dineen slashes ice time for top trio Friday...LBC's sorta-little-more-than-halfway trophies coming later this afternoon...good times for all in San Antonio as Rampage fans party up 10th anniversary...Erlendsson gets a bit weird by saying no to goalie moves for Bolts in a great post at TBO...a relevant look at the dearth of high-scoring games via THN...time for an end to the "staged" fight?...Dobber looks at a few WJC standouts, all of whom we'll know much more about in 5 months...for you hardcores, SB Nation Hockey has a brandy-new Facebook Page (the SBN NHL Twitter feed rolls on as well).

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