Sunday Caterwaul: Panthers GameDay Open Forum

ANAHEIM CA - DECEMBER 01: (L-R) Mike Santorelli #13 of the Florida Panthers shoots the puck as Toni Lydman #32 goaltender Jonas Hiller #1 and Lubomir Visnovsky #17 of the Anaheim Ducks defend the net during the third period at the Honda Center on December 1 2010 in Anaheim California. The Ducks defeated the Panthers 5-3. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Florida F Mike Santorelli has 1G/1A with 9 SOG in 3 career games against the Anaheim Ducks, but enters tonight's match with a rather dreadful 3G and minus-5 in 25 games from Sunrise in 2011-12.

The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

56

37

14

5

79

158

114

18-7-2

19-7-3

7-2-1

Lost 1

2

Boston

56

35

19

2

72

190

130

18-10-2

17-9-0

4-6-0

Lost 1

3

Florida

57

27

19

11

65

144

160

14-7-7

13-12-4

5-4-1

Lost 2

4

Philadelphia

58

32

19

7

71

193

177

14-10-5

18-9-2

3-5-2

Lost 1

5

Pittsburgh

58

33

20

5

71

182

154

17-8-2

16-12-3

6-3-1

Won 1

6

New Jersey

57

33

20

4

70

161

158

16-10-3

17-10-1

7-1-2

Won 2

7

Ottawa

60

30

22

8

68

179

183

15-11-3

15-11-5

3-5-2

Won 2

8

Toronto

59

29

24

6

64

178

180

16-9-4

13-15-2

4-5-1

Lost 1

9

Washington

58

29

24

5

63

159

163

19-8-2

10-16-3

3-5-2

Lost 1

10

Winnipeg

60

28

26

6

62

148

169

17-9-2

11-17-4

6-4-0

Won 2

11

Tampa Bay

58

26

26

6

58

163

195

17-9-2

9-17-4

5-3-2

Won 2

12

NY Islanders

58

25

25

8

58

139

168

13-13-5

12-12-3

6-3-1

Won 1

13

Montreal

59

24

25

10

58

159

161

11-12-8

13-13-2

5-4-1

Won 1

14

Buffalo

58

24

27

7

55

142

173

13-11-7

11-16-0

5-3-2

OT 1

15

Carolina

59

22

26

11

55

153

181

15-12-3

7-14-8

5-2-3

Lost 1

*

Why last night rocked:

  • TB over WSH, 2-1 (REG); Stammer hits third 40-goal season. Gee Caps, only 24 SOG this time?
  • VAN over TOR, 6-2; 'Nucks now 10-for-10 vs Leafs, who are 1-5 over past six

Why last night jonesed:

  • Any evening which featured a double-header of Animal House & The Blues Brothers - combined with a Washington loss - can only be summarized as anything but a jones.

Panthers Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla, beyond the obvious:

Teams FLA needs to lose in bold…

  • NJ (70P) at MTL, 6 p.m.; Devils have won past two vs Habs, games ended in identical 5-3 results. Victory for Canadiens effectively places them back into realistic-shot territory.
  • COL at WPG (62P), 8:30 p.m.; Avs are 1-3-1 on road in last five while Jets are 3-1-1 at home in same span. Whatever: Go Avalanche.

Next up for the Cats:

  • Hosting Anaheim tonight in an early start; LBC Game Thread gets labeled a sockdologizing old man-trap at 5:30. Check out our buds at Battle Of California and Anaheim Calling for the left-coast view.

Did you know:

  • Ducks are 4-1 vs Florida since 2005-06. Corey Perry has 7 points (4G) in five career games vs Cats

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