Wednesday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

One goal, plus-2, and 4 shots in 15:37 TOI for Florida's Goc.

Despite an ultimate victory which has shaken the city of Toronto to its foundation, the Florida Panthers were far from perfect in many categories on Tuesday night, one of which was in the faceoff circle. No one who took more than two draws had a .500 or better record: Marcel Goc - above - was the team's statistical leader (and he scored!), having gone 8-for-18 (.444). A particularly tough outing for center Shawn Matthias (0-for-4, minus-1, 0 SOG).




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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

61

40

15

6

86

169

124

21-7-2

19-8-4

7-2-1

Won 2

2

Boston

61

37

21

3

77

200

140

18-11-2

19-10-1

4-5-1

Lost 1

3

Florida

62

30

20

12

72

158

172

15-8-8

15-12-4

6-3-1

Won 3

4

Pittsburgh

62

36

21

5

77

198

163

20-8-2

16-13-3

6-3-1

Won 3

5

Ottawa

65

34

23

8

76

199

192

17-12-3

17-11-5

7-2-1

Won 2

6

Philadelphia

62

34

21

7

75

203

188

14-10-5

20-11-2

4-5-1

Lost 1

7

New Jersey

62

35

23

4

74

172

170

16-12-3

19-11-1

5-4-1

Lost 3

8

Washington

63

32

26

5

69

172

178

21-8-2

11-18-3

4-5-1

Won 3

9

Winnipeg

65

30

27

8

68

166

186

19-10-4

11-17-4

5-3-2

Lost 1

10

Toronto

63

29

27

7

65

187

195

16-12-5

13-15-2

1-8-1

Lost 3

11

Tampa Bay

63

29

28

6

64

176

213

19-9-2

10-19-4

6-4-0

Won 2

12

Buffalo

62

27

27

8

62

154

180

16-11-7

11-16-1

5-3-2

OT 1

13

Carolina

63

24

26

13

61

166

190

17-12-5

7-14-8

5-1-4

Won 1

14

NY Islanders

63

26

28

9

61

148

187

14-14-5

12-14-4

4-5-1

OT 1

15

Montreal

64

24

30

10

58

164

177

11-14-8

13-16-2

3-6-1

Lost 5

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Why last night rocked:

  • I've poured a lot of grief on him over the season, but Mike Santorelli - he of one point in his last 14 appearances - was superb on Tuesday, looking nothing like the shell of a forward he's been throughout the year. Those two goals were easily his best offensive output since accomplishing the same feat on November 20...of 2010. A plus-1, 1 PPG, 2 BkS and 4 SOG only added to the mystique. Can he bottle it?

Why last night jonesed:

  • WSH (69P) over NYI, 3-2 (OT); no need to rehash what a Caps loss would have meant here. Oh Alex, you tease us so.
  • OTW (76P) over BOS (77P), 1-0 (REG); Karlsson (GWG) making a push for MVP? Kid is a freak of nature on the Sens' blueline.

Panthers Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

Focusing on clubs within 6 points of Panthers (72P); teams FLA needs to lose in bold

  • PIT (77P) at DAL, 7:30 p.m. (NBC-SN); see if James Neal has anything in store for his old club. Am I the only one shocked to see the Pens with 77 points?
  • TOR (65P...making an exception here) at CHI, 8; Hawks will halt three-game losing streak tonight

Next up for the Cats:

  • Thursday from Winnipeg in a game absolutely no one cares about; LBC Game Thread launches at 8.

Did you know:

  • Florida has outscored the Leafs 87-65 since the 2005-06 season

Tuesday’s Organizational News:

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