Thursday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

The consistency at which Washington’s offense provides support for either Neuvirth or Tomas Vokoun is uneven at best. Given how frequently the Capitals have been out-shot and out-chanced recently, they’ve been relying on sterling performances from the netminders in many of their wins. At BankAtlantic Center [Wednesday], both trends came to a head – Florida held a 38-28 advantage in shots as the Capitals suffered from dry spells offensively and Neuvirth wasn’t flawless.

- WaPo's Katie Carrera



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The Eastern Front

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Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

49

32

12

5

69

136

100

15-5-2

17-7-3

6-3-1

Won 1

2

Boston

48

32

14

2

66

175

105

17-7-2

15-7-0

6-3-1

Won 1

3

Florida

49

23

15

11

57

126

138

12-5-7

11-10-4

3-3-4

Won 1

4

Philadelphia

49

29

14

6

64

163

144

11-7-4

18-7-2

5-3-2

OT 1

5

Pittsburgh

51

29

18

4

62

157

132

15-7-2

14-11-2

8-2-0

Lost 1

6

Ottawa

53

27

20

6

60

160

164

14-9-1

13-11-5

5-5-0

Lost 4

7

Toronto

51

26

19

6

58

156

152

15-8-4

11-11-2

5-4-1

Won 1

8

New Jersey

49

27

19

3

57

133

139

13-9-2

14-10-1

6-3-1

Won 1

9

Washington

50

26

20

4

56

141

145

18-6-1

8-14-3

5-3-2

Lost 1

10

Winnipeg

51

23

22

6

52

126

144

15-8-2

8-14-4

3-6-1

Won 1

11

Tampa Bay

49

22

23

4

48

140

168

14-7-1

8-16-3

5-4-1

Won 5

12

Buffalo

51

21

24

6

48

122

151

11-9-6

10-15-0

3-6-1

OT 1

13

NY Islanders

49

20

22

7

47

120

145

11-11-4

9-11-3

6-3-1

Won 1

14

Montreal

50

19

22

9

47

131

137

9-10-7

10-12-2

4-4-2

Lost 1

15

Carolina

52

18

25

9

45

132

164

13-12-3

5-13-6

4-4-2

Lost 1

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Why last night rocked:

  • Among a few other shining moments spread throughout the evening, this.

Why last night jonesed:

  • TOR over PIT, 1-0 (REG); "regulation" being the silver lining
  • NYR over BUF, 1-0 (SO); Lundqvist stops 34

Panthers Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

  • CAR at BOS, 7 p.m.; Canes are 2-1 in past three at Broons
  • MTL at NJ, 7; four straight wins for Habs in Newark
  • NSH at PHI, 7; Preds downed Flyers 4-2 in January
  • WPG at TB, 7:30; Bolts winners of seven in a row vs Threts in Tampa

Next up for the Cats:

  • Hosting Winnipeg tomorrow; LBC Game Thread will soon be on fries, then the grill at 7.

Did you know:

  • Winners of five straight, Tampa Bay is suddenly well within striking distance of the Jets, who limped through January with a 4-8-1 record

Wednesday’s Organizational Transactions:

Wednesday’s NHL Waiver Wire

  • Jean Francois-Jacques (ANA) to waivers
  • Cal O'Reilly (PHX) claimed by PIT on re-entry waivers
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