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"The National Hockey League team has taken several Las Vegas casino operators on tours of the [BankAtlantic Center] property and discussed the possibility of building a destination resort casino on the land surrounding the arena if Florida legislators approve an expansion of casino gambling. The plan is similar to one being explored by the Miami Dolphins."

- Miami Herald's Elaine Walker; much more on what has the possibility of escalating into a regional dogfight between Broward and Miami/Dade counties here. On a similar note, anyone hit the Panthers Foundation Ice & Dice event on Wednesday evening? Love to hear some stories...

The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L/10

Streak

1

Philadelphia

29

19

7

3

41

106

82

8-4-2

11-3-1

8-2-0

Won 6

2

Boston

30

20

9

1

41

102

61

11-6-1

9-3-0

7-2-1

Won 3

3

Florida

31

16

9

6

38

84

80

6-2-5

10-7-1

4-3-3

OT 1

4

NY Rangers

28

17

7

4

38

83

61

8-3-2

9-4-2

7-2-1

Lost 1

5

Pittsburgh

31

17

10

4

38

95

79

8-3-2

9-7-2

5-4-1

Lost 1

6

Toronto

30

16

11

3

35

93

95

7-4-3

9-7-0

5-4-1

Won 1

7

Buffalo

30

15

12

3

33

81

82

7-9-3

8-3-0

3-4-3

OT 1

8

New Jersey

30

16

13

1

33

79

86

6-5-1

10-8-0

5-5-0

Won 2

9

Montreal

31

13

11

7

33

79

80

5-5-6

8-6-1

4-2-4

Won 2

10

Winnipeg

30

14

12

4

32

84

93

10-4-0

4-8-4

6-3-1

Won 1

11

Ottawa

32

14

14

4

32

96

112

7-7-1

7-7-3

4-4-2

Lost 1

12

Washington

29

15

13

1

31

89

94

10-5-1

5-8-0

4-6-0

Lost 1

13

Tampa Bay

30

12

16

2

26

79

101

7-5-0

5-11-2

3-7-0

Lost 2

14

NY Islanders

28

9

13

6

24

65

93

6-7-3

3-6-3

4-3-3

Lost 2

15

Carolina

32

9

18

5

23

80

110

5-9-2

4-9-3

1-7-2

OT 1

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Why last night rocked:

  • Lets be honest: Boston's 5-2 victory over Ottawa was a blessing for FLA. At 20-9-1 the Bruins are displaying very few signs of weakness making them the odds-on favorite to win their division. That being the case, just about any game they play - and win - against another Eastern club is boon for the Panthers.

Why last night jonesed:

  • None from where I'm sitting

Why tonight is a Big Deal:

  • Vancouver at Carolina, 7 p.m...should this "game" even be listed here?
  • Dallas at the Isles, 7
  • Calgary at Tampa Bay, 7:30
  • Philadelphia at Montreal, 7:30
  • Rangers at St. Louis, 8
  • Washington at Winnipeg, 8:30...ugh; go for the Caps to leapfrog, or the Jets in hopes that they eventually slow down? Whatever, so long as it's kept in regulation.

Next up for the Cats:

  • Tomorrow vs Calgary at the BAC; no local TV, but your LBC Game Thread courageously presses on at 7.