Friday Caterwaul: Panthers GameDay Open Forum

SUNRISE, FL - NOVEMBER 3: Shawn Matthias #18 of the Florida Panthers attempts to skate over the top of Brent Seabrook #7 of the Chicago Blackhawks to get to the puck on November 3, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Blackhawks defeated the Panthers 3-2 in a shoot out. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Notable GMs such as Dale Tallon, Brian Burke and Paul Holmgren should give [Chicago GM Stan] Bowman some competition in his search for a quality defenseman or forward. Senators GM Bryan Murray and Wild GM Chuck Fletcher also will be active. Every day, teams gain more cap space to use by the trade deadline because they only have to pay the acquired player the remaining part of his salary. The Panthers, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators already have more cap room than the Hawks.

- Chicago Sun-Times' Adam Jahns

The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L/10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

45

29

12

4

62

126

94

14-5-2

15-7-2

7-3-0

Lost 1

2

Boston

44

30

13

1

61

160

89

16-7-1

14-6-0

6-4-0

Won 1

3

Washington

45

25

18

2

52

128

127

17-6-1

8-12-1

7-3-0

Won 1

4

Ottawa

49

27

16

6

60

153

151

14-9-1

13-7-5

8-1-1

Won 2

5

Philadelphia

45

27

14

4

58

150

133

11-7-2

16-7-2

6-4-0

Lost 1

6

Pittsburgh

46

25

17

4

54

140

118

12-7-2

13-10-2

4-6-0

Won 4

7

New Jersey

46

26

18

2

54

127

130

12-8-1

14-10-1

6-3-1

Lost 1

8

Florida

45

21

14

10

52

115

127

11-5-6

10-9-4

3-4-3

OT 2

9

Toronto

46

23

18

5

51

143

141

13-7-4

10-11-1

5-4-1

Won 1

10

Winnipeg

47

22

20

5

49

120

134

15-8-1

7-12-4

4-6-0

Won 1

11

Buffalo

47

19

23

5

43

115

144

11-9-5

8-14-0

2-6-2

Lost 4

12

NY Islanders

45

18

21

6

42

110

135

10-11-3

8-10-3

6-4-0

Won 2

13

Montreal

46

17

21

8

42

116

126

8-9-7

9-12-1

4-5-1

Lost 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

*

Why last night rocked:

  • NYI over PHI, 4-1; Nabokov stops 40
  • BOS over NJ, 4-1; four-goal third frame for Broons

Why last night jonesed:

And there was quite a bit of it...

  • WPG over BUF, 4-1; Sabres now losers of four in a row
  • TOR over MIN, 4-1; re: Wild, see Sabres ^
  • PIT over NYR, 4-1; Malkin's 2 goals propel Pens' ascension to 6th in East
  • OTW over SJ, 4-1; Sens collect points in team-record 11 straight road games
  • OT: notice the scores of all those games? Spooky.

Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

  • WSH at CAR, 7 p.m.; Caps 7-1 in last eight vs Canes
  • MTL at PIT, 7; Habs currently 1-6 in past seven on road
  • TB at DAL, 8:30; snooze

Next up for the Cats:

  • Tonight from Chicago; join us as the LBC Game Thread becomes a nimble little minx at 8

Did you know:

  • Panthers are 5-4 in last 9 vs 'Hawks; lost most recent two

Thursday’s Organizational Transactions:

  • Michal Repik (F) to waivers for transfer to San Antonio. Update: he cleared.

Thursday’s NHL Waiver Wire

Placed on waivers:

Claimed:

Cleared waivers:

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