Sunday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 06: Tomas Fleischmann #14 of the Florida Panthers in action against the New Jersey Devils during their game on January 6, 2012 at The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Florida's Mikael Samuelsson (and no, that's not him above) vs Vancouver: 11 points (4G), minus-2, 4 PP points and 50 SOG in 18 career games.

The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L/10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

39

26

9

4

56

116

82

12-3-2

14-6-2

9-1-0

Won 4

2

Boston

38

26

11

1

53

141

73

14-7-1

12-4-0

8-2-0

Lost 1

3

Florida

41

20

13

8

48

107

115

10-4-5

10-9-3

4-4-2

Lost 1

4

Philadelphia

39

24

11

4

52

133

115

10-6-2

14-5-2

5-4-1

Won 2

5

New Jersey

41

23

16

2

48

114

117

11-7-1

12-9-1

6-3-1

Won 2

6

Ottawa

42

21

15

6

48

129

139

13-8-1

8-7-5

7-1-2

OT 1

7

Toronto

41

21

15

5

47

133

131

11-5-4

10-10-1

5-3-2

Won 3

8

Pittsburgh

40

21

15

4

46

123

106

11-6-2

10-9-2

4-6-0

Lost 4

9

Winnipeg

41

20

16

5

45

109

119

14-6-1

6-10-4

6-3-1

Won 1

10

Washington

39

21

16

2

44

116

115

14-5-1

7-11-1

6-3-1

Lost 1

11

Buffalo

41

18

18

5

41

107

121

10-9-5

8-9-0

2-6-2

OT 1

12

Montreal

41

16

18

7

39

109

114

7-7-6

9-11-1

3-7-0

Won 2

13

Tampa Bay

40

17

20

3

37

109

136

11-5-0

6-15-3

5-4-1

Lost 3

14

Carolina

43

14

22

7

35

112

146

10-10-3

4-12-4

4-4-2

Lost 1

15

NY Islanders

39

14

19

6

34

91

125

8-9-3

6-10-3

5-5-0

Lost 2

*

Why last night rocked:

  • SJ over WSH, 5-2
  • VAN over BOS, 4-3 (REG)

Why last night jonesed:

  • WPG over BUF, 2-1 (OT)
  • TOR over DET, 4-3 (REG)

Flip a coin:

  • MTL over TB, 3-1
  • NSH over CAR, 5-2
  • NJ over PIT, 3-1
  • PHI over OTW, 3-2 (OT)
  • PHX over NYI, 5-1

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

  • PHI at OTW, 5 p.m.

Next up for the Cats:

At home tomorrow vs Vancouver; the LBC Game Thread tells Benji we're his grandpa at 7

Did you know?

13 years ago today, the Cats and Nucks played to a 1-1 tie in Vancouver; Sean Burke was in net for FLA, stopping 23 shots.

On the table:

Scotty Bowman: "Of all the guys I ever coached, [Mikael Samuelsson] might have been the most upbeat, friendly person of all."...Great stuff from OTF regarding how coaches utilize their players...the Sunday Rumor Roundup via Spector...Mirtle explores why more Americans than ever before are breaking into the NHL...Sportsnet's Mark Spector (no relation to the above): "If there is a perfect system, then why have we not received the release from the NHLPA outlining it? We'd love to see a realignment that has no flaws, Donald [Fehr], but unions tend to spend more time spotting problems in the process than solving them."...THN's Kennedy thinks we should all relax before blowing up the Ducks...Still no word on David Booth, but Florida could be facing former prospect Mike Duco on Monday...Skille and Upshall were on practice ice this morning in non-contact sweaters.

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