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Florida forward Stephen Weiss has 29 career points (11G) in 46 appearances vs Carolina but remains without a goal (2A) in three games against the Hurricanes in 2011-12
Florida forward Stephen Weiss has 29 career points (11G) in 46 appearances vs Carolina but remains without a goal (2A) in three games against the Hurricanes in 2011-12

Despite a widespread belief which continues to run rampant throughout Florida Panthers fandom regarding Carolina's perceived "ownership" of the Cats during and since the Hurricanes' Stanley Cup championship season, the numbers weave a different tale when the focus is shifted to Sunrise: Florida is 12-4 in regulation games at home against the Canes beginning in 2005-06.

Overtime sessions and shootouts are historically to be avoided, as the Panthers have dropped 2 of the latter and 4 of the former, though Carolina hasn't emerged victorious following extra-time or a skills competition against their division rival on Broward County soil since March 23, 2009.

The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

67

42

18

7

91

184

145

22-7-2

20-11-5

4-4-2

Lost 3

2

Boston

67

40

24

3

83

220

159

20-13-2

20-11-1

5-4-1

Lost 1

3

Florida

67

31

23

13

75

164

191

16-9-8

15-14-5

4-4-2

OT 1

4

Pittsburgh

67

41

21

5

87

214

171

23-8-2

18-13-3

9-1-0

Won 8

5

Philadelphia

67

39

21

7

85

219

193

17-10-5

22-11-2

7-3-0

Won 5

6

New Jersey

68

39

24

5

83

191

178

18-12-3

21-12-2

5-4-1

Won 3

7

Ottawa

70

36

25

9

81

216

206

18-13-4

18-12-5

6-3-1

OT 1

8

Washington

68

34

28

6

74

182

193

22-10-3

12-18-3

5-4-1

Won 2

9

Winnipeg

69

32

29

8

72

181

195

21-10-4

11-19-4

5-3-2

Lost 2

10

Buffalo

69

32

29

8

72

171

194

17-11-7

15-18-1

7-2-1

Won 1

11

Tampa Bay

68

31

30

7

69

191

233

20-11-2

11-19-5

5-4-1

Lost 1

12

Toronto

68

30

30

8

68

200

210

16-13-6

14-17-2

1-7-2

OT 1

13

Carolina

68

26

27

15

67

181

205

17-13-6

9-14-9

4-2-4

Won 1

14

NY Islanders

68

28

31

9

65

157

202

15-15-5

13-16-4

3-6-1

Lost 2

15

Montreal

69

27

32

10

64

183

193

12-15-8

15-17-2

3-7-0

Won 2

*

Why last night rocked:

  • BUF over OTW, 4-3 (SO): grasping for anything here

Why last night jonesed:

  • WSH (74P) over BOS, 4-3 (REG): minus-2 for Krejci, Seguin as Vokoun stops 30

Panthers Playoff Update:

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

Focusing on clubs within 5 points of Panthers (75P); teams FLA needs to lose in bold

  • TOR at WSH (74P), 5 p.m.: Caps are 6-2 vs Leafs in last eight

Next up for the Cats:

  • Another Sunday home matinee, this time featuring Carolina. The LBC Game Thread learns around 4:30 or so that though we've done some very solid work here, it isn't quite Ivy League; meanwhile get to know our buds at Canes Country.

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Did you know:

  • Panthers have won three straight over Hurricanes; last time for such a stretch? Four in a row from January 25, 2003 to October 13, '03.

Saturday’s Organizational News:

  • Optional skate/practice included injured-but-progressing Dmitry Kulikov, Scottie Upshall and Kris Versteeg . No word yet on status of forward Jack Skille.
  • Michal Repik is the latest (regulation) hero for Rampage