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Saturday Caterwaul: Panthers GameDay Open Forum

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Programming note:  We'll be hosting a "road trip" Live Game Thread tonight at 6:30 in cooperation with our comrades from Raw Charge. For the newbs: the first and third periods will be held right here at LBC, while the second frame will take place at RC. Plenty of warning all around, so jump on in.

- See what the Amerks have been up to lately? We'll let the D&C's Kevin O. explain what went down last night, and it was indeed a strange one against the Marlies, but kudos to Rochester's coaching staff and rag-tag collection of fill-ins for a remarkable comeback - even if the final result was a loss. Despite a 29-30-3-3 record, the Americans find themselves 14th (of 15) in the AHL's Western Conference.

- The wait is over: forward Ryan Carter will make his Florida debut vs. the Lightning, per SS's Harvey, via Twitter; Scott Timmins out. Won't be completely devoid of 'Scotts' however, as Clemmensen get the start.

- You'd be smiling like this as well following an instant 34-point jump in the NHL standings.

- Speaking of standings: games of interest for the Florida Panthers (14th place/63 points) this evening...

  • Buffalo (7th/74) @ Toronto (10th/68)
  • NY Islanders (13th/64) @ New Jersey (12th/66)
  • Atlanta (11th/68) @ Philadelphia (does it matter?)
  • Columbus (12th in WC) @ Carolina (9th/72)
  • NY Rangers (8th/74) @ San Jose (3rd in WC)