Saturday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers GameDay Open Forum

February 25, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; Florida Panthers right wing Kris Versteeg (32) carries the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC center. The Panthers defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE

Before getting snuffed out Thursday in Washington, Florida Panthers winger Kris Versteeg was nursing a three-game point streak (1G-3A), his best such stretch since late January. In four matches against Carolina - tonight's opponent to close out the regular season - he's collected a goal and an assist with a plus-1 and three (???) shots.

The Eastern Front

Rk

Team

GP

W

L

OT

ROW

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Stk

1

y-NY Rangers

81

51

23

7

47

109

225

183

27-11-2

24-12-5

7-3-0

Lost 1

2

y-Boston

81

48

29

4

40

100

265

199

23-14-3

25-15-1

7-2-1

Won 1

3

x-Florida

81

37

26

18

31

92

199

226

20-9-11

17-17-7

2-3-5

Lost 1

4

x-Pittsburgh

81

50

25

6

41

106

278

219

28-10-2

22-15-4

6-4-0

Won 2

5

x-Philadelphia

81

47

25

9

43

103

262

228

22-13-6

25-12-3

6-3-1

Won 1

6

x-New Jersey

81

47

28

6

35

100

224

207

23-13-4

24-15-2

6-3-1

Won 5

7

x-Ottawa

81

41

30

10

35

92

247

236

20-17-4

21-13-6

5-5-0

Lost 2

8

x-Washington

81

41

32

8

37

90

218

229

26-11-4

15-21-4

5-3-2

Won 1

*

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

  • WSH at NYR, 6:30 p.m. (NBC-SN): Caps victory of any sort places massive pressure on FLA in race for Southeast Division title; destiny resides completely within Panthers' control.

Next up for the Cats:

Did you know:

  • Last meeting between these clubs - March 21, a 3-1 Carolina victory from Raleigh - featured 30 penalty minutes: all minors, which included two "over the glass" calls in the third period. And no, there weren't any "too many men" infractions.

Fridays’s Organizational News:

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