Wednesday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 07: Tomas Kopecky #82 of the Florida Panthers crashes into Tomas Vokoun #29 of the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on February 7, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Florida's 141 goals-for ranks as 25th overall but 14th in the Eastern Conference, ahead of only the Islanders (136). In Sunrise, the Cats' 67 places them dead last in the EC, while somehow managing 9th on the road with 74.

The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

58

38

15

5

81

161

118

19-7-2

19-8-3

7-3-0

Lost 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

59

35

20

4

74

168

162

16-10-3

19-10-1

8-1-1

Won 4

5

Philadelphia

59

33

19

7

73

198

181

14-10-5

19-9-2

4-5-1

Won 1

6

Pittsburgh

60

34

21

5

73

186

160

18-8-2

16-13-3

5-4-1

Won 1

7

Ottawa

61

31

22

8

70

185

183

15-11-3

16-11-5

4-4-2

Won 3

8

Toronto

60

29

24

7

65

181

184

16-9-5

13-15-2

4-5-1

OT 1

9

Winnipeg

62

29

26

7

65

157

175

18-9-3

11-17-4

5-4-1

OT 1

10

Washington

59

29

25

5

63

159

168

19-8-2

10-17-3

3-6-1

Lost 2

11

Tampa Bay

59

27

26

6

60

166

197

18-9-2

9-17-4

5-3-2

Won 3

12

Buffalo

60

26

27

7

59

150

176

15-11-7

11-16-0

5-3-2

Won 2

13

NY Islanders

60

25

27

8

58

140

176

13-14-5

12-13-3

4-5-1

Lost 2

14

Montreal

61

24

27

10

58

160

167

11-14-8

13-13-2

5-4-1

Lost 2

15

Carolina

60

23

26

11

57

158

181

16-12-3

7-14-8

6-2-2

Won 1

*

Why last night rocked:

Didn't exactly "rock", but could have been worse...

  • PHI over WPG, 5-4 (OT); FLA's 4 games-in-hand on Jets can prove the difference in April if Cats can tidy up their current woes
  • NJ over TOR, 4-3 (OT); Devils: winners of 7 straight on road as Leafs sputter with 1-5-1 overall record in past seven

Why last night jonesed:

  • Unthinkable just a week ago, conference bottom-feeders all within 8 points of Panthers as BUF and TB gain victories Tuesday; Florida has played fewer games than everyone

Panthers Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

Teams FLA needs to lose in bold…

  • WSH at OTW, 7 p.m.; despite stellar recent record, Sens are 1-3-2 over past six in Kanata

Next up for the Cats:

  • Tomorrow at home vs Minnesota; LBC Game Thread drops the hammer at 7

Did you know:

  • In 17 career games against the Wild, D Brian Campbell is 1-9-10 with a plus-11 & 29 SOG

Tuesday’s Organizational News:

  • Making the case for San Antonio G (and non-Panthers prospect) Dov-Grumet Morris

Tuesday’s NHL Transactions:

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