Thursday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers GameDay Open Forum

Florida's Bergenheim: 11 points (5G) in 24 career games vs Washington

After having traveled the somewhat rocky road which intersected Elation and Despair Streets on Tuesday, there's nothing I can add to the drama and buildup of this evening's Main Event in the Eastern Conference - a game which has been added to the NHL Network's lineup, BTW. The only certainty is Michal Neuvirth will start for the Washington Capitals, while rumors abound of Jose Theodore's return to the Florida Panthers net after a less-than-impressive outing against Winnipeg.

So that's where we are. You all know the significance of what's on the table tonight. Blaze on...

The Eastern Front

Rk

Team

GP

W

L

OT

ROW

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Stk

1

y-NY Rangers

80

51

22

7

47

109

223

178

27-11-2

24-11-5

7-3-0

Won 1

2

y-Boston

80

47

29

4

39

98

262

198

23-14-3

24-15-1

7-2-1

Lost 1

3

Florida

80

37

25

18

31

92

197

222

20-9-11

17-16-7

3-2-5

OT 2

4

x-Pittsburgh

80

49

25

6

40

104

273

217

27-10-2

22-15-4

5-4-1

Won 1

5

x-Philadelphia

80

46

25

9

42

101

260

227

21-13-6

25-12-3

5-3-2

Lost 1

6

x-New Jersey

80

46

28

6

34

98

222

206

23-13-4

23-15-2

6-3-1

Won 4

7

x-Ottawa

80

41

29

10

35

92

246

233

20-16-4

21-13-6

5-4-1

Lost 1

8

Washington

80

40

32

8

36

88

214

227

25-11-4

15-21-4

4-4-2

Lost 1

9

Buffalo

80

39

31

10

32

88

214

224

21-12-8

18-19-2

6-2-2

Won 1

*

Why last night rocked/jonesed:

  • No outcomes affected FLA/WSH/BUF, though Montreal poured five on the Bolts; Stamkos held scoreless

Panthers Playoff Update:

Rk

Team

Pts

ROW

GR

80

81

82

3

FLA

92

31

2

OTL

@WSH (7pm)

CAR (SAT)

8

WSH

88

36

2

L

FLA (7pm)

@NYR (SAT)

9

BUF

88

32

2

W

@PHI (7pm)

@BOS (SAT)

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

  • BUF at PHI, 7 p.m.: Sabres have allowed 14 GA in past three games (1-2); 0-2-1 vs Flyers this season

Next up for the Cats:

  • You may be shocked - perhaps stunned - to learn they play tonight (FS-FLA, NHL-N). From Washington. No, really, it's true. LBC Game Thread will have the difibrillator fired up and pads greased down at 6:30. Meanwhile, there's a slight tremor of anticipation brewing over at Japers' Rink, so do check them out.
  • Need Tickets for Saturday's regular season closer? Seats starting at $6 (for now) via TiqIQ.

Did you know:

  • One of the very few Eastern clubs which Florida has not yet taken to overtime, all five games vs Washington in 2011-12 have wrapped in regulation (2-3). Cats have yet to earn a point in D.C.
  • Caps are 1-for-19 on the power play over last seven matches (none of which involved the Panthers)

Wednesday’s Organizational News

Harvey Fialkov ‏ @hfialkov

Panthers-Hurricanes not originally scheduled on local TV [Saturday] is back on Fox if meaningful #nhl #flapanthers

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