Monday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

Supremely hot in recent days, Florida's Sean Bergenheim has 11 points (5G) in 22 career games against the Capitals

The Florida Panthers lead the [Southeast] turtle race with 59 points, which vaults them all the way to third in the Eastern Conference. But take away their status as division leaders and the Panthers would sit eighth, barely clinging to the final playoff spot, one point ahead of the Capitals, who are officially ninth in the conference standing. Winnipeg and Tampa sit 10th and 11th in the conference with 54 and 51 points, respectively. Such is the dilemma that faces the general managers of these teams.

- The Globe and Mail's David Shoalts

The Eastern Front

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Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L/10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

50

33

12

5

71

141

102

16-5-2

17-7-3

6-3-1

Won 2

2

Boston

51

33

16

2

68

180

111

17-9-2

16-7-0

5-4-1

Won 1

3

Florida

51

24

16

11

59

131

145

13-5-7

11-11-4

4-3-3

Lost 1

4

Philadelphia

52

30

16

6

66

173

156

12-8-4

18-8-2

4-4-2

Lost 2

5

Pittsburgh

53

30

19

4

64

161

138

15-7-2

15-12-2

8-2-0

Lost 1

6

New Jersey

52

30

19

3

63

149

148

15-9-2

15-10-1

7-2-1

Won 4

7

Ottawa

55

27

21

7

61

161

171

14-10-2

13-11-5

3-6-1

Lost 1

8

Toronto

52

27

19

6

60

161

152

15-8-4

12-11-2

5-4-1

Won 2

9

Washington

52

27

21

4

58

145

149

18-7-1

9-14-3

4-4-2

Lost 1

10

Winnipeg

54

24

24

6

54

129

150

15-8-2

9-16-4

4-5-1

Lost 2

11

Tampa Bay

51

23

23

5

51

147

173

15-7-2

8-16-3

6-3-1

Won 1

12

NY Islanders

51

21

22

8

50

125

150

11-11-5

10-11-3

6-2-2

OT 1

13

Buffalo

52

22

24

6

50

126

154

11-9-6

11-15-0

4-5-1

Won 1

14

Montreal

53

20

24

9

49

137

145

10-11-7

10-13-2

4-4-2

Won 1

15

Carolina

54

20

25

9

49

137

165

14-12-3

6-13-6

6-2-2

Won 2

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Why last night rocked:

  • BOS over WSH, 4-1; Ovi's zero points/minus-2 somehow ropes him Third Star status in a game which featured three Bruins with 2 points. Wrong to question this?
  • MTL over WPG, 3-0; 23 saves for Price as Habs end 3-game slide

Why last night jonesed:

  • NJ over PIT, 5-2; Devils have outscored opponents 19-12 in last four, all wins

Panthers Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

  • EDM at TOR, 7 p.m.; Oilers' Gagner: 12 points (6G) in last three games

Next up for the Cats:

  • Tomorrow from D.C.; the LBC Game Thread asks Meg why she's got a lot of beef at 6:30.

Did you know:

  • Former Cap Tomas Fleischmann has 64 points (27G/7GWG) in 137 games over parts of six seasons at Verizon Center

Sunday’s Organizational Transactions:

  • None
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