Thursday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

After a Florida 3-1 third period lead morphed into a 4-3 OT loss at Denver Wednesday, the not-so-high-flying Panthers have scored more than three goals exactly once in their last 18 games. Yet somehow this club retains a (final) playoff spot with 3 points to spare.



Recaps: Litter Box Cats * SB Nation * Mile High Hockey

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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L/10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

44

29

11

4

62

125

90

14-4-2

15-7-2

7-3-0

Won 1

2

Boston

43

29

13

1

59

156

88

16-7-1

13-6-0

6-4-0

Lost 1

3

Washington

45

25

18

2

52

128

127

17-6-1

8-12-1

7-3-0

Won 1

4

Philadelphia

44

27

13

4

58

149

129

11-6-2

16-7-2

6-4-0

Won 1

5

Ottawa

48

26

16

6

58

149

150

14-9-1

12-7-5

8-1-1

Won 1

6

New Jersey

45

26

17

2

54

126

126

12-7-1

14-10-1

7-2-1

Won 3

7

Pittsburgh

45

24

17

4

52

136

117

12-7-2

12-10-2

4-6-0

Won 3

8

Florida

45

21

14

10

52

115

127

11-5-6

10-9-4

3-4-3

OT 2

9

Toronto

45

22

18

5

49

139

140

12-7-4

10-11-1

4-5-1

Lost 3

10

Winnipeg

46

21

20

5

47

116

133

14-8-1

7-12-4

4-6-0

Lost 1

11

Buffalo

46

19

22

5

43

114

140

11-9-5

8-13-0

2-6-2

Lost 3

12

Montreal

46

17

21

8

42

116

126

8-9-7

9-12-1

4-5-1

Lost 1

13

NY Islanders

44

17

21

6

40

106

134

10-11-3

7-10-3

6-4-0

Won 1

14

Tampa Bay

45

18

23

4

40

126

159

12-7-1

6-16-3

3-6-1

Won 1

15

Carolina

48

16

24

8

40

124

156

11-11-3

5-13-5

4-4-2

OT 1

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Why last night rocked:

  • CHI over BUF, 6-2; Sabres skating awfully close to Does Not Matter territory

Why last night jonesed:

  • WSH over MTL, 3-0; Caps recalling how to get it done. With all of 16 shots.

Florida Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

  • MIN at TOR, 7 p.m.; Wild: lost 10 straight on road
  • BOS at NJ, 7; Broons decimated Devs 6-1 in last trip to PruCenter (January 4)
  • PIT at NYR, 7; Rags won last two vs Pens at MSG
  • NYI at PHI, 7; Flyers: 13 straight home wins vs Isles
  • BUF at WPG, 8:30; teams have traded OT victories in 2 previous matches
  • OTW at SJ, 10:30; Sens are 9-1-1 in last 11 games

Next up for the Cats:

  • At Chicago tomorrow; the LBC Game Thread distinguishes its right flank from its left flank at 7:30.

Did you know:

  • Five of the past seven games featuring FLA & COL have gone beyond regulation (3-2 edge by Avs)

Wednesday’s Organizational Transactions:

Wednesday’s NHL Waiver Wire

Placed on waivers:

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