Saturday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

F Wojtek Wolski: 4 points (2G) in eight games with Florida since his acquisition on February 25, but has yet to capitalize in the shootout, going 0-for-2.

Salvation or curse? The Florida Panthers continue to pile away points beyond regulation time, most recently in a 2-1 shootout loss at Pittsburgh Friday evening, bringing the total number of defeats beyond 60 minutes of play to 13; only Carolina has more (15). Any one (or many more than one) of those could have ended with a different outcome, thereby perhaps drastically altering where the Cats currently find themselves in the Eastern Conference: forgetting the gory details, in playoff position.

A deeper and far darker aspect of the OT/SO losses is that eight of the 13 have occurred only after Florida scored the first goal of the game. Who "tops" that? Yet again, the Hurricanes with 10 losses in extra play after scoring first in regulation. Guess which club visits Sunrise tomorrow?




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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

67

42

18

7

91

184

145

22-7-2

20-11-5

4-4-2

Lost 3

2

Boston

66

40

23

3

83

217

155

20-12-2

20-11-1

5-4-1

Won 2

3

Florida

67

31

23

13

75

164

191

16-9-8

15-14-5

4-4-2

OT 1

4

Pittsburgh

67

41

21

5

87

214

171

23-8-2

18-13-3

9-1-0

Won 8

5

Philadelphia

66

38

21

7

83

218

193

17-10-5

21-11-2

7-3-0

Won 4

6

New Jersey

67

38

24

5

81

189

177

18-12-3

20-12-2

5-4-1

Won 2

7

Ottawa

69

36

25

8

80

213

202

18-13-3

18-12-5

7-3-0

Won 2

8

Washington

67

33

28

6

72

178

190

22-10-3

11-18-3

4-5-1

Won 1

9

Winnipeg

69

32

29

8

72

181

195

21-10-4

11-19-4

5-3-2

Lost 2

10

Buffalo

68

31

29

8

70

167

191

17-11-7

14-18-1

7-2-1

Lost 1

11

Tampa Bay

67

31

29

7

69

189

229

20-10-2

11-19-5

6-3-1

OT 1

12

Toronto

67

30

30

7

67

200

209

16-13-5

14-17-2

2-7-1

Lost 2

13

Carolina

67

25

27

15

65

177

203

17-13-6

8-14-9

4-2-4

OT 1

14

NY Islanders

67

28

30

9

65

156

200

15-14-5

13-16-4

4-5-1

Lost 1

15

Montreal

68

26

32

10

62

179

192

12-15-8

14-17-2

3-7-0

Won 1

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Why last night rocked:

  • CGY over WPG, 5-3: Jets now 2-5 over past seven away from MTS Center, don't play again until Wednesday (!)

Why last night jonesed:

  • G Jose Theodore had a phenomenal bounce-back performance from just a day earlier, stopping 33 of 34 PIT shots (.971 SV%) before Neal and Malkin ripped out his still-beating heart in the skills competition

Panthers Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

Focusing on clubs within 6 points of Panthers (75P); teams FLA needs to lose in bold

  • WSH (72P) at BOS, 1 p.m. (NHL-N): Caps 2-3 in last five on road; home against TOR Sunday
  • BUF (70P) at OTT (80P), 7: flip a coin here, as Cats separated from both clubs by five points
  • NJ (81P) at NYI, 7: Kovy - 5P in past two games (4G)
  • CAR at TB (69P), 7: Bolts lead season-series 3-2 heading into final game, outscored Canes 18-15

Next up for the Cats:

Did you know

  • Panthers are 2-0-1 in last three games immediately following shootout losses

Friday’s Organizational News:

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