Tuesday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 5: Goaltender Scott Clemmensen #30 of the Florida Panthers stops a shot by Marcus Johansson #90 of the Washington Capitals on December 5, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Capitals 5-4. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

“[Wednesday vs Washington] is the biggest game of the season, obviously for us, it’s essentially a four-point game.”

- Panthers netminder Scott Clemmensen, whose words apply equally to tonight’s Caps/Bolts match from the Bay. (Sun-Sentinel)

The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

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

Montreal

49

19

21

9

47

130

134

9-9-7

10-12-2

5-3-2

Won 2

12

Tampa Bay

48

21

23

4

46

136

165

13-7-1

8-16-3

4-5-1

Won 4

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

*

Panthers Playoff Update:

Mirtle’s Playoff Push:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

  • OTW at BOS, 7 p.m.
  • NYR at NJ, 7
  • WPG at PHI, 7
  • TOR at PIT, 7
  • WSH at TB, 7:30 (NBCSP)

Next up for the Cats:

  • Tomorrow vs Washington from Sunrise; LBC Game Thread spurns the sauce at 7:30.

Did you know:

  • It's all about the bleu, blanc et noire this evening as Tampa Bay hosts the Capitals, winners of the last two from Hillsborough County

On the table:

The Commish isn't concerned about your disapproval of shootouts...D Bryan Allen is now officially available...the week to come on the (fantasy) schedule...you too could have learned a few things while viewing the All-Star Game...speaking of said exhibition, ratings were flat compared to last season...very good on the Flames for this...is there such a thing as too much concussion talk?...G Tyler Plante headed to a tryout with Djurgarden...TSN's Trade Deadline Playbook: "By no means would the Panthers want to sacrifice talent from their deep pool of prospects, but they are a team that could sorely use more scoring"...Stu dives into man-games-lost-to-injury and the various reasons behind them in the NHL over the season...the fight for arena improvement dollars soldiers on as another loan request hits Broward County commissioners...Sharks castoff Niittymaki heading east?...Sid and the "R" word.

Monday’s Organizational Transaction:

  • D Tyson Strachan recalled from San Antonio
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