Wednesday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 07: The Florida Panthers and the Washington Capitals faceoff to start the third period at the Verizon Center on February 7, 2012 in Washington, DC. Washington won the game 4-0. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Let's set the record straight. Tuesday night's game between the Capitals and Florida Panthers was not a playoff game. It may have looked like one and felt like one, but the Caps still need to be one point better than the Panthers in their final 29 games before they can stake that claim.

- CSN's Chuck Gormley




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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

Last 10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

51

33

13

5

71

141

103

16-6-2

17-7-3

6-3-1

Lost 1

2

Boston

51

33

16

2

68

180

111

17-9-2

16-7-0

5-4-1

Won 1

3

Washington

53

28

21

4

60

149

149

19-7-1

9-14-3

4-4-2

Won 1

4

Philadelphia

53

30

16

7

67

173

157

12-8-5

18-8-2

4-3-3

OT 1

5

New Jersey

53

31

19

3

65

150

148

15-9-2

16-10-1

7-2-1

Won 5

6

Pittsburgh

54

30

19

5

65

163

141

15-7-2

15-12-3

7-2-1

OT 1

7

Toronto

54

28

20

6

62

168

157

16-8-4

12-12-2

6-3-1

Lost 1

8

Ottawa

56

27

22

7

61

162

174

14-11-2

13-11-5

2-7-1

Lost 2

9

Florida

52

24

17

11

59

131

149

13-5-7

11-12-4

3-4-3

Lost 2

10

Winnipeg

55

25

24

6

56

131

151

16-8-2

9-16-4

4-5-1

Won 1

11

NY Islanders

52

22

22

8

52

126

150

11-11-5

11-11-3

6-2-2

Won 1

12

Tampa Bay

52

23

24

5

51

148

176

15-8-2

8-16-3

6-3-1

Lost 1

13

Montreal

54

21

24

9

51

140

147

11-11-7

10-13-2

5-4-1

Won 2

14

Buffalo

52

22

24

6

50

126

154

11-9-6

11-15-0

4-5-1

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:

  • LA over TB, 3-1; will that realistically wrap the Bolts' season?
  • STL over OTW, 3-1; Sens: 7 goals in last five games

Why last night jonesed:

  • WPG over TOR, 2-1 (REG); call this a split-decision thanks to regulation victory
  • NJ over NYR, 1-0 (REG); Brodeur stops 30, Clarkson with GWG on man advantage
  • MTL over PIT, 3-2 (SO); Plekanec nets shootout winner

Panthers Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a (not so) Big Deal in SoFla:

  • BOS at BUF, 7:30 p.m. (NBC-SP)

Next up for the Cats:

  • Hosting Los Angeles tomorrow; LBC Game Thread at 7.

Did you know:

  • Florida is 3-for-14 on the power play since February 1; penalty kill has allowed 2 goals during 7 TS in those four games

Tuesday’s Organizational Transactions:

Tuesday’s NHL Waiver Wire

Cleared waivers:

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