Monday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

March 11, 2012: Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore (60) during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at the BankAtlantic Center. Panthers won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

With his third shutout of the season - and first since December 8 - Florida Panthers netminder Jose Theodore locked up not only the NHL's First Star honors on Sunday but tied his best performance in the category for quite some time: he last blanked three teams while with Colorado in 2007-08. Over his past two starts the 15-year veteran has allowed one goal on 68 shots.




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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

68

43

18

7

93

188

148

23-7-2

20-11-5

5-3-2

Won 1

2

Boston

68

40

25

3

83

222

164

20-13-2

20-12-1

4-5-1

Lost 2

3

Florida

68

32

23

13

77

166

191

17-9-8

15-14-5

5-3-2

Won 1

4

Pittsburgh

68

42

21

5

89

219

173

24-8-2

18-13-3

9-1-0

Won 9

5

Philadelphia

68

39

22

7

85

220

197

17-10-5

22-12-2

7-3-0

Lost 1

6

New Jersey

69

40

24

5

85

195

179

19-12-3

21-12-2

5-4-1

Won 4

7

Ottawa

70

36

25

9

81

216

206

18-13-4

18-12-5

6-3-1

OT 1

8

Washington

69

35

28

6

76

184

193

23-10-3

12-18-3

6-3-1

Won 3

9

Winnipeg

69

32

29

8

72

181

195

21-10-4

11-19-4

5-3-2

Lost 2

10

Buffalo

69

32

29

8

72

171

194

17-11-7

15-18-1

7-2-1

Won 1

11

Tampa Bay

68

31

30

7

69

191

233

20-11-2

11-19-5

5-4-1

Lost 1

12

Toronto

69

30

31

8

68

200

212

16-13-6

14-18-2

1-7-2

Lost 1

13

Carolina

69

26

28

15

67

181

207

17-13-6

9-15-9

4-2-4

Lost 1

14

NY Islanders

69

28

31

10

66

160

206

15-15-5

13-16-5

3-5-2

OT 1

15

Montreal

69

27

32

10

64

183

193

12-15-8

15-17-2

3-7-0

Won 2

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Why last night rocked:

  • Love 'em or hate 'em, yesterday marked the second-to-last appearance of the Happy Cat-adorned JetBlues. And that does indeed rock.

Why last night jonesed:

  • WSH over TOR, 2-0: Laich's first period shortie holds up as Neuvirth stops 23. Ovi/Semin: 1 SOG each.

Panthers Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla, beyond the obvious:

Focusing on clubs within 5 points of Panthers (77P); teams FLA needs to lose in bold

  • MTL at BUF (72P): after ripping a 6-0-1 record, Sabs have cooled of late with 2-2 record in past four; both wins coming beyond regulation

Next up for the Cats:

  • Second match of four-game homestand picks up tomorrow vs Toronto; the LBC Game Thread authoritatively declares Hooper drives the boat at 7. Need Tickets? Seats starting at $8 via TiqIQ.

Did you know:

  • Tomas Fleischmann's gamewinner on Sunday was the fourth time he's collected goals in consecutive games during 2011-12, but it's been a while: last occasion was November 19-21 in Florida victories over Pittsburgh and New Jersey, respectively

On the table:

  • Guess who's in town...and seriously? The red line?'
  • Nice pic
  • Live in Europe? Love the Panthers? Behold:

"'My NHL Team My Passion' is a new book to explore the relationship that European based ice hockey fans have with ‘their’ team. It is a book about the thoughts, feelings and emotions that fans have and the passion they feel for their team. We would like contributions from fans of all 30 current teams to truly demonstrate the passion, and reach, of ice hockey in Europe."

Jonathan at MNTMP needs you to rep the Cats, so please do check out the details here.

Sunday’s Organizational News:

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