Wednesday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

SUNRISE, FL - JANUARY 24: Erik Gudbranson #44 of the Florida Panthers checks Tom Sestito #32 of the Philadelphia Flyers on January 24, 2012 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Rookie blueliner Erik Gudbranson paced all players with 5 hits Tuesday. A career-high 20:08 TOI (in 25 shifts) against the Flyers smashed his average of 14:37 in the month of January, a by-product of long-term injuries recently sustained by Ed Jovanovski and Dmitry Kulikov.



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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L/10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

47

31

12

4

66

132

96

15-5-2

16-7-2

7-3-0

Won 2

2

Boston

47

31

14

2

64

171

102

16-7-2

15-7-0

5-4-1

Lost 1

3

Washington

48

26

19

3

55

136

137

18-6-1

8-13-2

5-4-1

Won 1

4

Philadelphia

48

29

14

5

63

162

142

11-7-3

18-7-2

6-3-1

Won 1

5

Pittsburgh

49

28

17

4

60

152

127

14-7-2

14-10-2

7-3-0

Won 7

6

Ottawa

52

27

19

6

60

157

160

14-9-1

13-10-5

6-4-0

Lost 3

7

Florida

48

22

15

11

55

122

136

11-5-7

11-10-4

3-3-4

OT 1

8

New Jersey

48

26

19

3

55

129

136

12-9-2

14-10-1

5-4-1

OT 1

9

Toronto

49

25

19

5

55

151

147

14-8-4

11-11-1

6-4-0

Won 2

10

Winnipeg

50

22

22

6

50

124

143

15-8-2

7-14-4

3-6-1

Lost 2

11

Tampa Bay

48

21

23

4

46

136

165

13-7-1

8-16-3

4-5-1

Won 4

12

Montreal

48

18

21

9

45

123

132

8-9-7

10-12-2

4-4-2

Won 1

13

NY Islanders

48

19

22

7

45

115

143

11-11-4

8-11-3

5-4-1

OT 1

14

Buffalo

49

20

24

5

45

119

149

11-9-5

9-15-0

2-7-1

Won 1

15

Carolina

51

18

24

9

45

130

159

13-11-3

5-13-6

5-3-2

Won 1

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Why last night rocked:

  • NYR over WPG, 3-0; Callahan's goal/assist duo enough to halt Jets as Henrik stops 22
  • BUF over NJ, 2-1 (SO); Brodeur continues polishing legacy with 13 saves
  • PHX over OTW, 3-2 (REG); Turris: no points, 1 SOG in return to Glendale

Why last night jonesed:

  • WSH over BOS, 5-3; In absence of Ovi and Backstrom, someone named Mathieu Perrault nailed hat trick for Caps
  • PIT over STL, 3-2 (SO); Pens win seventh straight as Blues' Elliott stops 37
  • TOR over NYI, 4-3 (OT); MacArthur scores twice in comeback victory

Why tonight is a (very semi-) Big Deal in SoFla:

  • DET at MTL, 7:30 p.m.; Wings have outscored Habs 35-19 since 1995-96, going 7-3 in ten games from Montreal

Panthers Playoff Update:

Next up for the Cats:

  • Hosting Washington on Wednesday, February 1st, 7:30 p.m.

Next LBC Live Thread:

  • Tomorrow night for the NHL ALL-Star Fantasy Draft (NBC-SN); we'll be live at 7:30

Did you know:

  • Heading into last season's All-Star Break the Panthers were 22-22-5 (49P); closed out the year out with an 8-18-7 (23P) record, prompted in large part by a monumental dumping of contracts at the trade deadline.

Tuesday’s Organizational Transactions:

  • None
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