Friday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

WINNIPEG, CANADA - MARCH 1: Blake Wheeler #26 of the Winnipeg Jets collides with Erik Gudbranson #44 of the Florida Panthers in NHL action at the MTS Centre on March 1, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

By no means the "goat" on an evening replete with them, whether by rookie error, bad luck, or likely a combination of both, Florida Panthers blueliner Erik Gudbranson recorded a hellacious night on the scoresheet with 1 SOG, 1 BkS & a team- (and career-) worst minus-4. Yet his 3 hits were memorable ones, including the shot above wherein Jets forward Blake Wheeler (1G/1A) finds an Angry Erik to be a particularly nasty immovable object (video after the jump).


Instead of the usual video compilation - and seriously, what on it are you really interested in seeing? - check out these post-game audio clips provided by our longtime pals at Illegal Curve, featuring cuts from Campbell (2 SOG, even), Jovanovski (0 SOG, minus-3), and coach Kevin Dineen.


RECAPS: Litter Box Cats * SB Nation * Arctic Ice Hockey * Illegal Curve

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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

62

41

15

6

88

172

126

21-7-2

20-8-4

7-2-1

Won 3

2

Boston

62

38

21

3

79

204

143

19-11-2

19-10-1

5-4-1

Won 1

3

Florida

63

30

21

12

72

158

179

15-8-8

15-13-4

5-4-1

Lost 1

4

Pittsburgh

63

37

21

5

79

202

166

20-8-2

17-13-3

7-2-1

Won 4

5

Philadelphia

63

35

21

7

77

209

191

15-10-5

20-11-2

5-5-0

Won 1

6

Ottawa

65

34

23

8

76

199

192

17-12-3

17-11-5

7-2-1

Won 2

7

New Jersey

63

35

23

5

75

175

174

16-12-3

19-11-2

4-4-2

OT 1

8

Winnipeg

66

31

27

8

70

173

186

20-10-4

11-17-4

5-3-2

Won 1

9

Washington

63

32

26

5

69

172

178

21-8-2

11-18-3

4-5-1

Won 3

10

Buffalo

64

29

27

8

66

157

180

16-11-7

13-16-1

5-3-2

Won 2

11

Toronto

64

29

28

7

65

191

200

16-12-5

13-16-2

1-8-1

Lost 4

12

Tampa Bay

63

29

28

6

64

176

213

19-9-2

10-19-4

6-4-0

Won 2

13

Carolina

64

24

27

13

61

168

193

17-13-5

7-14-8

4-2-4

Lost 1

14

NY Islanders

64

26

29

9

61

151

193

14-14-5

12-15-4

3-6-1

Lost 1

15

Montreal

65

25

30

10

60

169

181

12-14-8

13-16-2

3-6-1

Won 1

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Why last night rocked:

Why last night jonesed:

  • PHI (77P) over NYI, 6-3; three-point efforts by Read, Giroux, Meszaros prove Flyers aren't cooked quite yet. Or was it the opposition?

Panthers Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

Focusing on clubs within 6 points of Panthers (72P); teams FLA needs to lose in bold

  • NJ (75P) at WSH (69P), 7 p.m.; Devs victorious in past two vs Caps though both games went SO
  • CHI at OTW (76P), 7; Sens are 3-1-1 over last five at home

Next up for the Cats:

  • Hosting the Preds tomorrow; LBC Game Thread fires up at 7.

Did you know:

  • We could pointlessly recap the endless minuses dotted up and down Thursday's roster, but since such an endeavor would only serve to worsen our collective mood, how about taking a guess as to who's finally on Twitter?

Thursday’s Organizational News:

  • Forwards Marco Sturm and Tomas Kopecky returned to the lineup

Tonight’s NCAA action on NBC Sports Network

  • Denver (G Sam Brittain , D John Lee & F Drew Shore) at Nebraska-Omaha, 7:30
  • No late game; NHL Overtime at 10
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