Friday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers GameDay Open Forum

Feb 28, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Florida Panthers center Marcel Goc (52) warms up before playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Though there weren't many rainbow-and-unicorn results among personal statistics to take away from Thursday's delamination in Philadelphia, one member of the Florida Panthers did stand tall when the final numbers were sorted out: center Marcel Goc was a game-leading 10-for-12 in the faceoff circles (.833); no one on either club was close. Looking toward this evening, Goc has 3 points (1G) in five career games vs. the Penguins.


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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

66

42

17

7

91

181

141

22-7-2

20-10-5

5-3-2

Lost 2

2

Boston

66

40

23

3

83

217

155

20-12-2

20-11-1

5-4-1

Won 2

3

Florida

66

31

23

12

74

163

189

16-9-8

15-14-4

4-5-1

Lost 1

4

Pittsburgh

66

40

21

5

85

212

170

22-8-2

18-13-3

8-2-0

Won 7

5

Philadelphia

66

38

21

7

83

218

193

17-10-5

21-11-2

7-3-0

Won 4

6

New Jersey

67

38

24

5

81

189

177

18-12-3

20-12-2

5-4-1

Won 2

7

Ottawa

69

36

25

8

80

213

202

18-13-3

18-12-5

7-3-0

Won 2

8

Washington

67

33

28

6

72

178

190

22-10-3

11-18-3

4-5-1

Won 1

9

Winnipeg

68

32

28

8

72

178

190

21-10-4

11-18-4

6-2-2

Lost 1

10

Buffalo

68

31

29

8

70

167

191

17-11-7

14-18-1

7-2-1

Lost 1

11

Tampa Bay

67

31

29

7

69

189

229

20-10-2

11-19-5

6-3-1

OT 1

12

Toronto

67

30

30

7

67

200

209

16-13-5

14-17-2

2-7-1

Lost 2

13

Carolina

67

25

27

15

65

177

203

17-13-6

8-14-9

4-2-4

OT 1

14

NY Islanders

67

28

30

9

65

156

200

15-14-5

13-16-4

4-5-1

Lost 1

15

Montreal

68

26

32

10

62

179

192

12-15-8

14-17-2

3-7-0

Won 1

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Why last night rocked:

  • VAN over WPG, 3-2 (REG): Jets continue road slide with 0-3 PP, allowed a SH goal
  • BOS over BUF, 3-1: Sabs muster a whopping 20 shots on TimThom

Why last night jonesed:

  • WSH over TB, 3-2 (OT): impressive 29-save NHL debut for Bolts' Tokarski
  • OTT over NYR, 4-1: Sens' Bishop 2-0 since recall

Panthers Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla, beyond the obvious:

Focusing on clubs within 6 points of Panthers (74P); teams FLA needs to lose in bold

  • WPG (72P) at CGY, 9 p.m.: 45 points (17G) in 53 career games for Flames' Jokinen vs ATL/WPG franchise

Next up for the Cats:

  • Right back at it tonight, this time from Western Pennsylvania; the LBC Game Thread finds there to be five major components of the new General Electric refrigerator - beginning with the freon compressor - at 6:30. Until then give PensBurgh a once-over.

Did you know:

  • For what such a stat may be worth, the Panthers are 9-5-1-2 immediately following games in which they allowed 4 or more goals in 2011-12.

Thursday’s Organizational News:

Tonight’s NCAA action on NBC Sports Network:

  • UMass at Boston College, HockeyEast Quarterfinal Game One, 7:30 p.m. (only game of the evening; no Florida prospects)
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