Tuesday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Stephen Weiss #9 of the Florida Panthers controls the puck in front of Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on December11, 2011 in New York City. Rangers defeated the Panthers 6-1. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

"It would be nice to keep everyone here and not having to wholesale guys out or trade your buddies. If we can add a piece here or there without breaking up the group we have, without destroying the chemistry, that would be the best-case scenario."

- Panthers forward Stephen Weiss; more on Florida's options regarding the steadily approaching trade deadline via the Sun-Sentinel/Berardino.

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

61

31

22

8

70

185

183

15-11-3

16-11-5

4-4-2

Won 3

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

59

29

25

5

63

159

168

19-8-2

10-17-3

3-6-1

Lost 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

59

25

26

8

58

139

174

13-14-5

12-12-3

5-4-1

Lost 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

60

23

26

11

57

158

181

16-12-3

7-14-8

6-2-2

Won 1

*

Why last night rocked:

  • CAR over WSH, 5-0; Peters: 17 saves for first NHL shutout. Canes 5-1-2 over last eight

Why last night jonesed:

  • OTW over NYI, 6-0; Andy: 28 saves for 19th NHL shutout. Sens have outscored opponents 16-2 in past three games

Panthers Playoff Update:

  • FLA did not play; playoff odds down 2.9 to 66.8% per

    Sports Club Stats (yes it makes sense; click through and hit "Explain")

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

Teams FLA needs to lose in bold

  • NJ at TOR (64P), 7 p.m.; five losses and an OT win in past six for Leafs
  • PHI at WPG (64P), 7; Jets outscored Flyers 17-13 in 2011-12, can sweep (!) the series with win tonight

Next up for the Cats:

  • Thursday at home vs Minnesota; LBC Game Thread goes live at 7

Did you know:

  • The Panthers have found themselves in shorthanded situations 174 times in 2011-12, good for third-fewest in the league, so far having allowed 33 goals while scoring 4. Overall Florida is ranked 22nd with an 81% success rate.

Monday’s Organizational News:

Monday’s NHL Transactions:

  • None
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