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Friday Caterwaul: Panthers GameDay Open Forum

Team USA's Nick Bjugstad (27) at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship
Team USA's Nick Bjugstad (27) at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship

"Even having been in Florida for so long, the World Junior tournament is still a big deal for me and for my family. They’re glued to the TV, and I’m watching whenever I’m not traveling or working. Because Canada has done really well it has become such a huge, huge thing, overtaking the Grey Cup and a lot of other sporting events in the country. It’s become a spectacle."

- IIHF World Junior Championship alum and Panthers radio voice Randy Moller via the Calgary Herald. The 2012 WJC actually kicks off on December 26 featuring Florida prospects Nick Bjugstad and Jonathan Huberdeau, among others.

The Eastern Front

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Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L/10

Streak

1

Philadelphia

30

20

7

3

43

110

85

8-4-2

12-3-1

9-1-0

Won 7

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

29

17

8

4

38

84

65

8-3-2

9-5-2

6-3-1

Lost 2

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

Washington

30

16

13

1

33

90

94

10-5-1

6-8-0

4-6-0

Won 1

8

Buffalo

30

15

12

3

33

81

82

7-9-3

8-3-0

3-4-3

OT 1

9

New Jersey

30

16

13

1

33

79

86

6-5-1

10-8-0

5-5-0

Won 2

10

Montreal

32

13

12

7

33

82

84

5-6-6

8-6-1

3-3-4

Lost 1

11

Winnipeg

31

14

13

4

32

84

94

10-5-0

4-8-4

6-4-0

Lost 1

12

Ottawa

32

14

14

4

32

96

112

7-7-1

7-7-3

4-4-2

Lost 1

13

Tampa Bay

31

13

16

2

28

84

105

8-5-0

5-11-2

3-7-0

Won 1

14

Carolina

33

10

18

5

25

84

113

6-9-2

4-9-3

2-7-1

Won 1

15

NY Islanders

29

9

14

6

24

67

96

6-8-3

3-6-3

4-4-2

Lost 3

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Why last night rocked:

  • Washington over Winnipeg, 1-0 (REG)...how did this one end in 60? Thankful, we be.
  • St. Louis over the Rags, 4-1
  • Philadelphia over Montreal, 4-3 (REG)
  • Dallas over the Isles, 3-2 (REG)

Why last night jonesed:

  • Tampa Bay over Calgary, 5-4 (OT)
  • Carolina over Vancouver (?), 4-3 (REG)

Why tonight is a Big Deal:

  • Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
  • Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 7:30
  • Dallas at New Jersey, 8...yes, 8. Scott Niedermayer Night

Next up for the Cats:

  • Hosting the Flames this evening, no local TV. LBC Game Thread rises from the ashes at 7.