Tuesday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers GameDay Open Forum

Phaneuf was clearly victorious in the Lego-man-stare category, but Sturm nabbed the gamewinner in a 5-1 beatdown of the Leafs on November 8, 2011.

Forward Marco Sturm has seen very limited playing time with the Florida Panthers throughout 2011-12, as nursing bumps and bruises has unfortunately become an all-too-common activity for the 17-year veteran since his trade from Vancouver in October. He's been remarkably effective against the Maple Leafs over his career however, notching 13G-20A, 9PPP, & 2 GWG in 42 games with a plus-10.

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

Buffalo

70

33

29

8

74

174

196

18-11-7

15-18-1

7-2-1

Won 2

10

Winnipeg

69

32

29

8

72

181

195

21-10-4

11-19-4

5-3-2

Lost 2

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

70

27

32

11

65

185

196

12-15-8

15-17-3

3-6-1

OT 1

*

Why last night rocked:

  • Didn't affect our fate in any way, but Teemu Selanne's gorgeous game-tying power play goal late in the third period against Colorado lifted him into 19th place all-time in scoring (ironically knocking fellow Finn Jari Kurri into 20th). Dude just keeps defying age but remaining as relevant as at any time over the past decade.

Why last night jonesed:

  • BUF over MTL, 3-2 (OT): Twin-Tyler action for the Sabres, as Ennis (2G) and Myers (OT GWG/1A) prove too much for fragile Habs

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…

  • WSH (76P) at NYI, 7 p.m.: Isles lead season series 2-1; only loss - the last meeting - came in overtime

Next up for the Cats:

  • Four-game homestand continues tonight vs Toronto; the LBC Game Thread learns that funding makes this bird go up at 7. Until then take a stroll around Pension Plan Puppets. Need Tickets for tonight's match? Seats starting at $6 through TiqIQ.

Did you know:

  • Nine games on tonight's NHL slate but only one will feature significant representation from every last club in the league under one roof. Oh, and the Leafs are in town.

On the table:

  • Consider this your primer for the day: GM Meetings! Boca Raton (or Rataaaan as is preferred on Home Ice)! Day One coverage! Here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and Dale's keeping it casual for the press corps here.
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