Saturday Caterwaul: Panthers GameDay Open Forum

SUNRISE, FL - OCTOBER 31: Stephen Weiss #9 of the Florida Panthers is checked by Mark Stuart #5 of the Winnipeg Jets as he attempts to get into position in front of goaltender Ondrej Pavelec #31 on October 31, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Jets defeated the Panthers 4-3 in a shoot out. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

"[The Panthers have] a lot of offensive punch, I think. They've got some guys who can put the puck in the net. We're going to have to be on top of our game defensively and making sure we're not turning the puck over.”

- Jets blueliner Mark Stuart (#5 above), proving the old adage that hockey players don’t read the papers, via the Winnipeg Free Press



Recaps: Litter Box Cats * SB Nation * Second City 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

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

46

25

19

2

52

128

130

17-6-1

8-13-1

6-4-0

Lost 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

47

26

17

4

56

145

122

13-7-2

13-10-2

5-5-0

Won 5

7

New Jersey

46

26

18

2

54

127

130

12-8-1

14-10-1

6-3-1

Lost 1

8

Florida

46

21

15

10

52

116

130

11-5-6

10-10-4

3-4-3

Lost 1

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

Montreal

47

17

21

9

43

120

131

8-9-7

9-12-2

3-5-2

OT 1

13

NY Islanders

45

18

21

6

42

110

135

10-11-3

8-10-3

6-4-0

Won 2

14

Tampa Bay

46

19

23

4

42

128

160

12-7-1

7-16-3

3-6-1

Won 2

15

Carolina

49

17

24

8

42

127

156

12-11-3

5-13-5

4-4-2

Won 1

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Why last night rocked:

  • CAR over WSH, 3-0; huh? 2 PP and 1 SHG for Canes in stunner

Why last night jonesed:

  • PIT over MTL, 5-4 (SO); gold stars for everyone! 1G/1A for Letang in return from injury

Panthers Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla (beyond the obvious):

  • NYR at BOS, 1 p.m.
  • PHI at NJ, 1
  • OTW at ANH, 4
  • MTL at TOR, 7
  • CAR at NYI, 7
  • BUF at STL, 8
  • TB at PHX, 8

Next up for the Cats:

Tonight from Da Peg (no local TV); for those of you just joining us, the LBC Game Thread will be teaching poodles how to fly at 6:30.

Did you know:

Prior to the last game between WPG/ATL & FLA (a 5-2 Panthers victory on November 10) seven straight meetings were decided by one goal: three in regulation, three SO and one OT. Cats were 2-5 over the stretch.

Friday’s Organizational Transactions:

  • F Michal Repik cleared waivers in reassignment to San Antonio
  • Forwards Scottie Upshall, Sean Bergenheim and Jack Skille returned to the lineup Friday
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