Friday Caterwaul: Panthers GameDay Open Forum

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Erik Gudbranson #44 of the Florida Panthers and Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers pursue the puck at Madison Square Garden on January 5, 2012 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Panthers 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Though he didn't make the scoresheet vs New York, Florida's Erik Gudbranson completed the night with 4 SOG, 3 hits, 3 blocked-shots and an even plus-minus rating in 24 shifts.



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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L/10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

38

25

9

4

54

113

81

12-3-2

13-6-2

8-2-0

Won 3

2

Boston

37

26

10

1

53

138

69

14-6-1

12-4-0

9-1-0

Won 2

3

Florida

40

20

12

8

48

105

110

10-4-5

10-8-3

4-3-3

OT 1

4

Philadelphia

38

23

11

4

50

130

113

9-6-2

14-5-2

5-4-1

Won 1

5

Ottawa

41

21

15

5

47

127

136

13-8-1

8-7-4

7-2-1

Won 4

6

Pittsburgh

38

21

13

4

46

121

100

11-4-2

10-9-2

5-5-0

Lost 2

7

Toronto

40

20

15

5

45

129

128

10-5-4

10-10-1

4-4-2

Won 2

8

Washington

38

21

15

2

44

114

110

14-5-1

7-10-1

6-3-1

Won 4

9

New Jersey

39

21

16

2

44

106

114

10-7-1

11-9-1

6-3-1

Lost 1

10

Winnipeg

40

19

16

5

43

107

118

14-6-1

5-10-4

5-4-1

Lost 2

11

Buffalo

39

18

17

4

40

104

115

10-9-4

8-8-0

3-5-2

Won 1

12

Tampa Bay

39

17

19

3

37

108

133

11-5-0

6-14-3

5-4-1

Lost 2

13

Montreal

40

15

18

7

37

106

113

6-7-6

9-11-1

3-7-0

Won 1

14

NY Islanders

37

14

17

6

34

88

116

8-9-3

6-8-3

5-5-0

Won 3

15

Carolina

41

13

21

7

33

106

139

9-10-3

4-11-4

4-3-3

OT 1

*

Why last night rocked:

  • TOR over WPG, 4-0; Jets move on to Buffalo Saturday, where they are 0-4 (2 OTL) in past four

Why last night jonesed:

  • OTW over TB, 4-1; Sens' minus-9 goal differential worst of top-nine teams
  • PHI over CHI, 5-4 (REG); Flyers are 7-1-2 vs Western clubs
  • BOS over CGY, 9-0 (REG); Why the Flames haven't yet called it a season and blown up the roster is truly baffling

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

  • BUF at CAR, 7 p.m.
  • NYR at PIT, 7
  • NYI at ANH, 10

Next up for the Cats:

Tonight from Newark; the LBC Game Thread wasn't even supposed to be here today, so bring your own ball at 6:30

Did you know:

FLA is 3-4 in past seven games at New Jersey; won the last match 4-3 (OT) on February 4, 2011.

Panthers playoff chances:

Lost to NY Rangers 2-3 (OT), playoff odds down 0.3 to 85.2% via Sports Club Stats

On the table:

More Barch fallout, courtesy of the Globe/Shoalts....THN's Proteau not on the ShanWagon...Panthers still "have growing to do", via Spector/SN...the Community Rink Tour commences tomorrow at three locations around SoFla...Per TSN, Johan Hedberg will start for New Jersey tonight; he's 8-7-0-1 (2.71/.908) lifetime vs the Cats. Presumably our beloved xenomorph goes for FLA...CapGeek: center John Madden's contract garners (pro-rated?) $600,000 for 2011-12. And - zoinks - it's a two-way deal...Devils forward Patrik Elias will play his 1,000th NHL game tonight (all with NJ).

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