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Longtime former Cap Matt Bradley has 5 points (2G...on <em>3 shots</em>) in seven career games vs Washington
Longtime former Cap Matt Bradley has 5 points (2G...on 3 shots) in seven career games vs Washington

While [recent Florida] teams resembled AHL franchises with a few overachieving exceptions, the 2011-12 Panthers are an amalgamation of veteran leadership, grittiness and skill and the Caps realize that as they begin a stretch of three meetings with the Panthers in the next 16 days that could prove vital down the stretch.

"Most of the [new] guys know what it’s like to win and be successful. That’s why they’re doing well."

- Adam Vingan/Kings of Leonsis, with a quote courtesy of Washington defenseman Karl Alzner

The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

Last 10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

48

31

12

5

67

135

100

15-5-2

16-7-3

6-3-1

OT 1

2

Boston

48

32

14

2

66

175

105

17-7-2

15-7-0

6-3-1

Won 1

3

Washington

49

26

19

4

56

139

141

18-6-1

8-13-3

5-3-2

OT 1

4

Philadelphia

49

29

14

6

64

163

144

11-7-4

18-7-2

5-3-2

OT 1

5

Pittsburgh

50

29

17

4

62

157

131

15-7-2

14-10-2

8-2-0

Won 8

6

Ottawa

53

27

20

6

60

160

164

14-9-1

13-11-5

5-5-0

Lost 4

7

New Jersey

49

27

19

3

57

133

139

13-9-2

14-10-1

6-3-1

Won 1

8

Toronto

50

25

19

6

56

155

152

14-8-4

11-11-2

5-4-1

OT 1

9

Florida

48

22

15

11

55

122

136

11-5-7

11-10-4

3-3-4

OT 1

10

Winnipeg

51

23

22

6

52

126

144

15-8-2

8-14-4

3-6-1

Won 1

11

Tampa Bay

49

22

23

4

48

140

168

14-7-1

8-16-3

5-4-1

Won 5

12

NY Islanders

49

20

22

7

47

120

145

11-11-4

9-11-3

6-3-1

Won 1

13

Montreal

50

19

22

9

47

131

137

9-10-7

10-12-2

4-4-2

Lost 1

14

Buffalo

50

21

24

5

47

122

150

11-9-5

10-15-0

3-6-1

Won 2

15

Carolina

52

18

25

9

45

132

164

13-12-3

5-13-6

4-4-2

Lost 1

*

Why last night rocked:

  • BOS over OTW, 4-3 (REG); Seidenberg nets winner in third

Why last night jonesed:

  • TB over WSH, 4-3 (OT); this one was a jones regardless of outcome
  • WPG over PHI, 2-1 (SO); ...really Flyers?
  • PIT over TOR, 5-4 (SO); Leafs surrender 4-1 lead
  • NJ over NYR, 4-3 (SO); Kovalchuk: 1 PPG, GWG in SO

Panthers Playoff Update:

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

  • NYR at BUF, 7:30 p.m.
  • PIT at TOR, 7:30

Next up for the Cats:

  • Tonight vs Washington; the LBC Game Thread is afraid Scraps will have to be shot at 7:30.

Did you know:

  • Florida is 4-3-1 against the Capitals since 2010-11, with 19GF/21GA

Tuesday’s Organizational Transactions:

  • None

Tuesday’s NHL Waiver Wire

  • Cal O'Reilly (PHX) on reentry waivers