Tuesday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 08: Matt Bradley #22 of the Florida Panthers hits Andrew MacDonald #47 of the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 8, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. The Panthers defeated the Islanders 2-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Panthers winger Matt Bradley has, um, "capitalized" on increased ice time tossed his way during a difficult stretch of injuries throughout the Florida roster, collecting 1 goal and 2 assists over the past five contests (2-2-1). Despite a minus-two, the feisty forward has 20 hits in that span.

The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L/10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

37

24

9

4

52

110

79

11-3-2

13-6-2

7-3-0

Won 2

2

Boston

35

24

10

1

49

123

68

13-6-1

11-4-0

7-3-0

Lost 1

3

Florida

39

20

12

7

47

103

107

10-4-5

10-8-2

4-4-2

Won 1

4

Philadelphia

37

22

11

4

48

125

109

8-6-2

14-5-2

5-4-1

Lost 1

5

Pittsburgh

38

21

13

4

46

121

100

11-4-2

10-9-2

5-5-0

Lost 2

6

Ottawa

40

20

15

5

45

123

135

12-8-1

8-7-4

7-2-1

Won 3

7

New Jersey

38

21

15

2

44

105

108

10-6-1

11-9-1

7-2-1

OT 1

8

Winnipeg

38

19

14

5

43

104

107

14-6-1

5-8-4

6-3-1

Won 3

9

Washington

37

20

15

2

42

111

109

13-5-1

7-10-1

6-3-1

Won 3

10

Toronto

38

18

15

5

41

118

125

8-5-4

10-10-1

3-5-2

Lost 1

11

Buffalo

38

17

17

4

38

100

112

9-9-4

8-8-0

2-6-2

OT 1

12

Tampa Bay

37

17

17

3

37

104

122

11-5-0

6-12-3

6-3-1

Won 3

13

Montreal

39

14

18

7

35

99

110

5-7-6

9-11-1

3-7-0

Lost 2

14

NY Islanders

36

13

17

6

32

84

113

8-9-3

5-8-3

4-6-0

Won 2

15

Carolina

40

13

21

6

32

103

135

9-10-2

4-11-4

4-4-2

Lost 1

*

Why last night rocked:

  • NYR over PHI, 3-2 (REG); depending upon your loyalties, of course, the final score was a good thing/bad thing for FLA, though it's awfully hard to argue against the "regulation" aspect

Why last night jonesed:

  • OTW over NJ, 3-2 (OT); forgetting we wanted both of these clubs to magically finish without a point, Jersey blew a 2-goal lead as the Sens and Daniel Alfredsson dragged it to an evil extra frame. Bang: 3 points awarded.

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

  • CGY at WSH, 7 p.m.; Good news: Flames are 11-2-2 against the Caps. Bad news: that record ran from November, 1974 through December of '77.
  • TB at TOR, 7; after having the four-game table run against them a year ago, the Leafs took this season's only meeting so far, 7-1. At the Bay.
  • NYI at CAR, 7; Canes are 5-1 at home vs the Isles since 2008-09.
  • EDM at BUF, 7; Sabres victorious in last 2 at Buffalo against the Oil.

Next up for the Cats:

Thursday vs NYR. LBC Game Thread at 6:30.

Did you know:

FLA is 4-2 in games immediately following January 1st since the NHL lockout of 2004-05.

This just in:

Center Mark Cullen has been returned to AHL San Antonio, making room for...Samuelsson? Goc?

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