Monday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

Florida's top line of Kris Versteeg (above), Stephen Weiss & Tomas Fleischmann were a combined minus-6 with 8 SOG in the 2-goal loss to Anaheim

Sunday's loss to Anaheim featured four power play chances for the Panthers, who were unable to convert on any of them. Such an "achievement" is far from new for this club: Florida has gone scoreless on the man-advantage in games with four or more such opportunities a staggering 14 times in 2011-12.


Above you'll find we've skipped the typical "game highlights" - since there weren't any of the offensive variety - and gone straight to what can only be a save-of-the-year candidate by Jose Theodore.



RECAPS: Litter Box Cats * SB Nation * Battle of California * Anaheim Calling

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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

57

38

14

5

81

161

116

19-7-2

19-7-3

7-2-1

Won 1

2

Boston

57

35

20

2

72

190

132

18-10-2

17-10-0

4-6-0

Lost 2

3

Florida

58

27

20

11

65

144

162

14-8-7

13-12-4

5-5-0

Lost 3

4

New Jersey

58

34

20

4

72

164

159

16-10-3

18-10-1

8-1-1

Won 3

5

Philadelphia

58

32

19

7

71

193

177

14-10-5

18-9-2

3-5-2

Lost 1

6

Pittsburgh

59

33

21

5

71

184

160

17-8-2

16-13-3

5-4-1

Lost 1

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

Winnipeg

61

29

26

6

64

153

170

18-9-2

11-17-4

6-4-0

Won 3

10

Washington

58

29

24

5

63

159

163

19-8-2

10-16-3

3-5-2

Lost 1

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

60

24

26

10

58

160

164

11-13-8

13-13-2

5-4-1

Lost 1

14

Buffalo

59

25

27

7

57

148

175

14-11-7

11-16-0

5-3-2

Won 1

15

Carolina

59

22

26

11

55

153

181

15-12-3

7-14-8

5-2-3

Lost 1

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Why last night rocked:

  • Latest episode of "The Walking Dead" was far superior to last week's. Otherwise nada.

Why last night jonesed:

  • WPG over COL, 5-1; Jets now 4-1-1 last six at home

Panthers Playoff Update:

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

Teams FLA needs to lose in bold

  • OTW at NYI, 1 p.m.; Isles have won last three between these clubs, two went to extra time
  • WSH at CAR, 7:30 (NBC-SN); yet another Biggest Game of the Season for Caps

Next up for the Cats:

  • Three whole days off before hosting Minnesota Thursday; LBC Game Thread at 7

Did you know:

  • Though the Panthers are currently in the midst of a season-worst three-game losing streak for the first time, things were far different a year ago: six different occasions found Florida on a three or more game winless stretch.

Sunday’s Organizational News:

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