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Monday Caterwaul: Panthers Open Forum

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18:  Brian Campbell #51 of the Florida Panthers handles the puck against Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on October 18, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: Brian Campbell #51 of the Florida Panthers handles the puck against Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on October 18, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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After logging a rather pedestrian 22:56 vs Carolina on Sunday, Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell (1 assist) remained atop the league with 877:27 total Time On Ice after 33 games (almost 25 minutes more than current runner-up Jay Bouwmeester in an equal number of appearances). "Soup" is averaging 26:35 TOI (3rd overall) with 28.6 shifts per game (25th).

Final - 12.18.2011 1 2 3 OT Total
Carolina Hurricanes 1 1 0 0 2
Florida Panthers 1 0 1 1 3

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With apologies to Theodore's remarkable heroics and Bergenheim's goal to open the scoring (his third in two games; beginning of video above) ignore everything until the 2:30 mark and let it ride from there; good things await. Versteeg was incredible, but I challenge anyone to debate Shawn Matthias having been anything but the best all-around player for Florida on Sunday.

Not to be outdone: the Rampage are pretty hot right now as well.

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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L/10

Streak

1

Philadelphia

31

20

8

3

43

110

91

8-5-2

12-3-1

8-2-0

Lost 1

2

Boston

31

21

9

1

43

108

61

11-6-1

10-3-0

8-2-0

Won 4

3

Florida

33

18

9

6

42

90

84

8-2-5

10-7-1

6-2-2

Won 2

4

NY Rangers

30

18

8

4

40

87

67

8-3-2

10-5-2

6-3-1

Won 1

5

Pittsburgh

33

18

11

4

40

107

88

9-3-2

9-8-2

5-5-0

Won 1

6

New Jersey

32

18

13

1

37

90

92

7-5-1

11-8-0

6-4-0

Won 4

7

Buffalo

32

16

13

3

35

89

94

8-9-3

8-4-0

4-4-2

Lost 1

8

Toronto

32

16

13

3

35

100

105

7-5-3

9-8-0

4-5-1

Lost 2

9

Winnipeg

32

15

13

4

34

89

97

11-5-0

4-8-4

6-4-0

Won 1

10

Ottawa

33

15

14

4

34

102

116

8-7-1

7-7-3

4-4-2

Won 1

11

Washington

31

16

14

1

33

91

96

10-5-1

6-9-0

4-6-0

Lost 1

12

Montreal

33

13

13

7

33

85

89

5-7-6

8-6-1

3-3-4

Lost 2

13

Tampa Bay

32

14

16

2

30

87

107

8-5-0

6-11-2

3-7-0

Won 2

14

NY Islanders

30

10

14

6

26

69

97

6-8-3

4-6-3

5-3-2

Won 1

15

Carolina

34

10

18

6

26

86

116

6-9-2

4-9-4

2-6-2

OT 1

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Why last night rocked:

  • Dineen getting his troops smoothed out with (just enough) time remaining

Why last night jonesed:

  • Carolina gained a point in the standings; now trail FLA by razor-thin 16

Why tonight is a Big Deal:

Nothing in the Southeast, but a few conference games to keep watch over...

  • Montreal at Boston, 7 p.m.
  • Los Angeles at Toronto, 7
  • HBO Philadelphia at Colorado, 9

Next up for the Cats:

  • Hosting Phoenix (16-13-3) on Tuesday; Game Thread fires up at 7.

Did you know:

  • In nine games within the month of December, Florida has scored 21 goals in regulation while allowing 22. The club has gone 5-2-1-1 over that stretch.