Monday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 13: Wojtek Wolski #8 of the Florida Panthers attempts to pass the puck as he falls to the ice against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 13, 2012 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

It's been said elsewhere before, and unquestionably worthy of a reminder: GM Dale Tallon's acquisition of cast-off soon-to-be-RFA forward Wojtek Wolski from the New York Rangers - in exchange for precisely nothing off the current roster - has been exactly what the Florida Panthers had anticipated in their continuing run-up to a post-season berth in 2011-12: 8 points, 25 SOG, and a minus-1 (recall that stretch of earlier losses) in 12 games with the Cats. Not to get too far ahead of our present reality, but his postseason numbers average 0.63 PPG with 8G-9A in 27 appearances with Colorado, Phoenix, and the Rags.

The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

71

44

20

7

95

195

158

24-9-2

20-11-5

4-5-1

Lost 2

2

Boston

71

41

27

3

85

228

178

21-13-2

20-14-1

4-6-0

Won 1

3

Florida

71

35

23

13

83

180

197

20-9-8

15-14-5

6-3-1

Won 4

4

Pittsburgh

71

44

21

6

94

231

180

24-8-2

20-13-4

9-0-1

OT 1

5

Philadelphia

72

42

22

8

92

231

204

19-10-5

23-12-3

8-1-1

Won 1

6

New Jersey

72

41

26

5

87

198

187

20-13-3

21-13-2

6-3-1

Lost 1

7

Ottawa

73

37

26

10

84

221

213

19-14-4

18-12-6

5-3-2

Lost 1

8

Washington

72

36

30

6

78

193

205

23-10-3

13-20-3

5-4-1

Lost 2

9

Winnipeg

72

34

30

8

76

192

203

23-11-4

11-19-4

5-4-1

Lost 1

10

Buffalo

72

33

29

10

76

180

204

18-11-8

15-18-2

6-2-2

OT 2

11

Carolina

73

29

29

15

73

194

217

18-13-6

11-16-9

5-3-2

Won 3

12

Toronto

72

32

32

8

72

208

219

16-13-6

16-19-2

3-6-1

Won 2

13

Tampa Bay

71

32

32

7

71

199

240

21-13-2

11-19-5

5-4-1

Lost 2

14

NY Islanders

72

29

32

11

69

169

216

15-16-6

14-16-5

3-4-3

Won 1

15

Montreal

73

28

32

13

69

191

203

13-15-9

15-17-4

4-3-3

OT 2

*

Why last night rocked:

  • CHI over WSH, 5-2: Ovi, Perrault, Johansson - combined minus-7, 4 SOG as Caps hit 30 regulation-loss mark
  • CAR(!) over WPG, 4-3 (REG): Jets were 7-1-2 at MTS in last ten before Sunday; Canes now 5 points back of 8th with only 9 games remaining

Why last night jonesed:

  • Stumped, I am

Panthers Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

Focusing on clubs within 5 points of Panthers (83P); teams FLA needs to lose in bold

  • TOR at BOS (85P), 7 p.m.: 10GF, 23GA in last five for Broons (1-4)
  • NJ (87P) at NYR, 7:30 (NBC-SN): Devs 3-2 in season series
  • WSH (78P) at DET, 7:30: Caps 3-5 on road in past eight

Next up for the Cats:

  • Tomorrow at Philadelphia; the LBC Game Thread sees a - deserted? - prison campus beyond the treeline at 6:30

Did you know:

  • F Mikael Samuelsson's current three-game point streak (2G/2A) is his second-best stretch of the season (four points from January 24 through February 4, 4G/1A)
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