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As Stephen Weiss deservedly gets his moment in celebration of a franchise-best 614 games as a Panther this evening, he'll not need to worry over relinquishing the title at any point soon: Ed Jovanovski currently ranks second among active Cats with 296, followed by 21 year-old Dmitry Kulikov at 186 (who could soon be surpassed by a healthy Shawn Matthias, trailing Kuli by 3).

The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

58

38

15

5

81

161

118

19-7-2

19-8-3

7-3-0

Lost 1

2

Boston

58

36

20

2

74

194

134

18-10-2

18-10-0

4-6-0

Won 1

3

Florida

58

27

20

11

65

144

162

14-8-7

13-12-4

5-5-0

Lost 3

4

New Jersey

59

35

20

4

74

168

162

16-10-3

19-10-1

8-1-1

Won 4

5

Philadelphia

59

33

19

7

73

198

181

14-10-5

19-9-2

4-5-1

Won 1

6

Pittsburgh

60

34

21

5

73

186

160

18-8-2

16-13-3

5-4-1

Won 1

7

Ottawa

62

32

22

8

72

190

185

16-11-3

16-11-5

5-3-2

Won 4

8

Toronto

60

29

24

7

65

181

184

16-9-5

13-15-2

4-5-1

OT 1

9

Winnipeg

62

29

26

7

65

157

175

18-9-3

11-17-4

5-4-1

OT 1

10

Washington

60

29

26

5

63

161

173

19-8-2

10-18-3

3-6-1

Lost 3

11

Tampa Bay

59

27

26

6

60

166

197

18-9-2

9-17-4

5-3-2

Won 3

12

Buffalo

60

26

27

7

59

150

176

15-11-7

11-16-0

5-3-2

Won 2

13

NY Islanders

60

25

27

8

58

140

176

13-14-5

12-13-3

4-5-1

Lost 2

14

Montreal

61

24

27

10

58

160

167

11-14-8

13-13-2

5-4-1

Lost 2

15

Carolina

60

23

26

11

57

158

181

16-12-3

7-14-8

6-2-2

Won 1

*

Why last night rocked:

  • OTW destroyed WSH 5-2; Tomas Vokoun stops 7 of 11 shots before yet another early hook; Senators now two behind Broons for NE lead

Why last night jonesed:

  • Sens climb to 72 points but is anyone seriously concerned given their effort against the Caps? Let 'em have it.

Panthers Playoff Update:

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

Teams FLA (65P) needs to lose in bold

  • SJ at TOR (65P), 7 p.m.; Leafs won last match between clubs 4-2 over 13 months ago
  • TB (60P) at WPG (65P), 8:30; doesn't get much uglier than this. After posting a shutout victory in October, Bolts have lost two straight to Jets

Next up for the Cats:

  • Hosting Minnesota tonight; the LBC Game Thread sides with Moops over Moors at 7. Before then, check out Hockey Wilderness for the opposition's take.

Did you know:

  • G Jose Theodore: 3-3-1(tie)-1 against his former club, with a 2.33/.914 and 1 shutout. Scott Clemmensen has never faced MIN.

Wednesday’s Organizational News:

  • Ed Jovanovski, Jason Garrison and Marco Sturm all skated in practice; Jovo evidently will play tonight.

Today's Updates:

  • Panthers have recalled forwards Michal Repik and Jon Matsumoto from San Antonio as D Nolan Yonkman heads back down.

Wednesday’s NHL Transactions:

  • Phoenix acquired F Antoine Vermette from Columbus for G Curtis McElhinney, 2nd-rd pick ('12), 5th-rd pick ('13/conditional)
  • Carolina re-signed F Tuomo Ruutu to four-year extension

To waivers:

  • Tim Wallace - NYI