Thursday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

On a night featuring a surplus of goals-against and minus-ratings infecting most of the roster, Florida's Shawn Matthias remained afloat during his 18 shifts, scoring once while collecting 2 SOG & 1 BkS, winning 8 of 12 faceoffs and closing the evening as the only Panther with a positive plus-minus (+1). He has 1G-3A, 1 hit, 2 BkS, 7 SOG and a plus-4 in his last four games.




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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

55

37

13

5

79

156

110

18-6-2

19-7-3

8-1-1

Won 4

2

Boston

55

35

18

2

72

188

126

18-10-2

17-8-0

5-5-0

Won 1

3

Florida

56

27

18

11

65

143

158

14-6-7

13-12-4

6-3-1

Lost 1

4

Philadelphia

56

31

18

7

69

182

169

13-9-5

18-9-2

3-4-3

Lost 2

5

Pittsburgh

57

32

20

5

69

176

150

17-8-2

15-12-3

6-3-1

Lost 1

6

New Jersey

56

32

20

4

68

158

156

15-10-3

17-10-1

6-2-2

Won 1

7

Ottawa

60

30

22

8

68

179

183

15-11-3

15-11-5

3-5-2

Won 2

8

Toronto

58

29

23

6

64

176

174

16-9-4

13-14-2

5-4-1

Won 1

9

Washington

56

28

23

5

61

156

160

19-8-2

9-15-3

3-4-3

Lost 2

10

Winnipeg

58

26

26

6

58

140

164

16-9-2

10-17-4

4-6-0

Lost 2

11

NY Islanders

56

24

24

8

56

134

160

12-13-5

12-11-3

5-3-2

Won 1

12

Montreal

58

23

25

10

56

155

158

11-12-8

12-13-2

5-4-1

OT 1

13

Tampa Bay

56

24

26

6

54

155

189

15-9-2

9-17-4

5-3-2

Lost 2

14

Buffalo

56

24

26

6

54

137

162

13-11-6

11-15-0

5-4-1

Lost 2

15

Carolina

57

21

25

11

53

147

175

14-12-3

7-13-8

5-1-4

Won 1

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Why last night rocked:

  • ANH over PIT, 2-1 (REG); a stretch here, but Pens remain within four points of Florida

Why last night jonesed:

  • TOR over EDM, 4-3 (OT); Reimer: 28 saves for Leafs

Panthers Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

Teams FLA (65P) needs to lose in bold

  • BUF at PHI (69P), 7 p.m.; Flyers 2-0 vs Sabres in 2011-12
  • WPG (58P) at MIN, 8; Jets victorious in only meeting of season, 2-1 (REG) from Winnipeg in December

Next up for the Cats:

  • Hosting WSH tomorrow; the LBC Game Thread hopes for far less pixelation at 7.

Did you know:

On the table:

  • Globe & Mail's Gordon is getting antsy for a transaction. Any transaction.

Wednesday’s Organizational News:

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