Wednesday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Defenseman Mike Weaver (43) leads the Panthers in shorthanded time-on-ice with 209:22 while averaging 3:02 per game

No one has necessarily crowed about the Florida Panthers penalty kill through the second half of the 2011-12 season - and understandably so - but the club has quietly turned the tables in an area which was partially responsible for so much heartache over the past month: in their last six games the Cats have allowed only 2 goals in 13 shorthanded situations, and both of those were white-flagged in a 5-0 smackdown courtesy of the Flyers last week. They've slammed the door with a suddenly effective PK over their last three, going 6-0 against Toronto, Carolina, and Pittsburgh.




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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

69

44

18

7

95

192

150

24-7-2

20-11-5

6-3-1

Won 2

2

Boston

69

40

26

3

83

223

170

20-13-2

20-13-1

4-6-0

Lost 3

3

Florida

69

33

23

13

79

171

193

18-9-8

15-14-5

6-3-1

Won 2

4

Pittsburgh

68

42

21

5

89

219

173

24-8-2

18-13-3

9-1-0

Won 9

5

Philadelphia

69

40

22

7

87

223

197

18-10-5

22-12-2

7-3-0

Won 1

6

New Jersey

70

40

25

5

85

195

182

19-12-3

21-13-2

5-4-1

Lost 1

7

Ottawa

70

36

25

9

81

216

206

18-13-4

18-12-5

6-3-1

OT 1

8

Washington

70

36

28

6

78

189

197

23-10-3

13-18-3

7-2-1

Won 4

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

69

32

30

7

71

197

234

21-11-2

11-19-5

5-4-1

Won 1

12

Toronto

70

30

32

8

68

202

217

16-13-6

14-19-2

1-8-1

Lost 2

13

Carolina

70

26

29

15

67

183

211

17-13-6

9-16-9

3-3-4

Lost 2

14

NY Islanders

70

28

31

11

67

164

211

15-15-6

13-16-5

3-4-3

OT 2

15

Montreal

70

27

32

11

65

185

196

12-15-8

15-17-3

3-6-1

OT 1

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Why last night rocked:

  • G Jose Theodore stopped 26 Toronto shots, bringing his numbers to an impressive 93 saves on 96 shots over his past three games

Why last night jonesed:

  • WSH over NYI, 5-4 (SO): Yep, they did it again - Isles surrendered another substantial lead to Caps, lose it beyond regulation

Panthers Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

Focusing on clubs within 5 points of Panthers (79P); teams FLA needs to lose in bold

  • COL at BUF (75P), 7:30 p.m. (NBC-SN): Sabs have won five straight at home
  • OTT (81P) at MTL, 7:30: Sens back in our crosshairs once more; they've given up 10 goals to Habs in three games, winning once in a shootout. Clubs meet again Friday
  • DAL at WPG (72P), 8:30: forget that they trail FLA by seven points - it's the Jets and they're home (21-10-4)

Next up for the Cats:

  • Homestand match number three features Da Broons tomorrow; the LBC Game Thread thinks it really was a Russian water-tentacle at 7. Need Tickets? Seats starting at $7 via TiqIQ.

Did you know:

  • Florida has won three straight games four times on nine attempts in 2011-12

Tuesday’s Organizational News:

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