Friday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

With an assist and plus-four effort over the foundering Bruins Thursday, Florida Panthers soon-to-be UFA blueliner Jason Garrison paved the path to his second three-game point streak of the season (1G/3A/+6). Somewhat surprisingly he last equaled the achievement late in October on a 1-1-1 stretch against Ottawa, Buffalo, and Winnipeg (3G). Currently ranked second overall in the National Hockey League in goals scored by a defenseman, Garrison is the only Dman in the top 50 with more goals (15) than assists (14).




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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

Last 10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

70

44

19

7

95

194

155

24-8-2

20-11-5

5-4-1

Lost 1

2

Boston

70

40

27

3

83

225

176

20-13-2

20-14-1

3-7-0

Lost 4

3

Florida

70

34

23

13

81

177

195

19-9-8

15-14-5

6-3-1

Won 3

4

Pittsburgh

69

43

21

5

91

224

175

24-8-2

19-13-3

10-0-0

Won 10

5

Philadelphia

70

41

22

7

89

226

199

18-10-5

23-12-2

8-2-0

Won 2

6

New Jersey

71

41

25

5

87

196

182

20-12-3

21-13-2

6-3-1

Won 1

7

Ottawa

71

36

25

10

82

218

209

18-13-4

18-12-6

5-3-2

OT 2

8

Washington

70

36

28

6

78

189

197

23-10-3

13-18-3

7-2-1

Won 4

9

Buffalo

71

33

29

9

75

178

201

18-11-8

15-18-1

6-2-2

OT 1

10

Winnipeg

70

33

29

8

74

186

197

22-10-4

11-19-4

5-3-2

Won 1

11

Tampa Bay

70

32

31

7

71

198

237

21-12-2

11-19-5

5-4-1

Lost 1

12

Toronto

71

31

32

8

70

205

218

16-13-6

15-19-2

2-7-1

Won 1

13

Carolina

71

27

29

15

69

185

211

18-13-6

9-16-9

4-3-3

Won 1

14

Montreal

71

28

32

11

67

188

198

13-15-8

15-17-3

4-5-1

Won 1

15

NY Islanders

71

28

32

11

67

166

214

15-16-6

13-16-5

2-5-3

Lost 1

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Why last night rocked:

  • Among a bevy of other valid reasons, this

Why last night jonesed:

  • NJ over COL, 1-0 (SO): Brodeur stops 28 for second shutout of 2011-12 as Devils continue to climb

Panthers Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

Focusing on clubs within 5 points of Panthers (81P); teams FLA needs to lose in bold

  • MTL at OTT (82P), 7 p.m.: division rivals have only played twice (1-1)
  • WSH (78P) at WPG, 8:30: season-series locked at 2 wins each

Next up for the Cats:

  • Closing out the homestand tomorrow vs Buffalo; if it really applies itself, the LBC Game Thread could be a totally changed person by the time we finish lunch, i.e. 7 p.m. Need tickets? Seats starting at $8 via TiqIQ.

Did you know:

  • F Krys Barch collected his first assist since January 21, a span of 20 games; the Cats are 3-2 when he scores either a goal or helper

Thursday’s Organizational News:

Tonight’s NCAA playoff action on NBC Sports Network:

  • 5 p.m. - Hockey East first semifinal, Boston College vs Providence
  • 8 p.m. - Hockey East second semifinal, Boston University (C Wade Megan) vs Maine
  • 10:30 - NHL Overtime

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