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But will he play? Ex-Bruin Sturm has proven a worthy opponent vs his longtime former employer
But will he play? Ex-Bruin Sturm has proven a worthy opponent vs his longtime former employer

February 21, 2009: The date of the Florida Panthers' last victory over Boston from Sunrise. In the span of five games since, four matches were decided by 1 goal and three in shootouts. Regulation goal differential: Bruins 11, Panthers 8. Most of those on the current Cats roster have somewhat less-than-sparkling lifetime stats against the B's, though in-the-lineup-out-of-the-lineup Marco Sturm (there's that name again) has been terrific, with 7G (2 GW) and 3A in 12 career games against his former club.

The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

Last 10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

69

44

18

7

95

192

150

24-7-2

20-11-5

6-3-1

Won 2

2

Boston

69

40

26

3

83

223

170

20-13-2

20-13-1

4-6-0

Lost 3

3

Florida

69

33

23

13

79

171

193

18-9-8

15-14-5

6-3-1

Won 2

4

Pittsburgh

68

42

21

5

89

219

173

24-8-2

18-13-3

9-1-0

Won 9

5

Philadelphia

69

40

22

7

87

223

197

18-10-5

22-12-2

7-3-0

Won 1

6

New Jersey

70

40

25

5

85

195

182

19-12-3

21-13-2

5-4-1

Lost 1

7

Ottawa

71

36

25

10

82

218

209

18-13-4

18-12-6

5-3-2

OT 2

8

Washington

70

36

28

6

78

189

197

23-10-3

13-18-3

7-2-1

Won 4

9

Buffalo

71

33

29

9

75

178

201

18-11-8

15-18-1

6-2-2

OT 1

10

Winnipeg

70

33

29

8

74

186

197

22-10-4

11-19-4

5-3-2

Won 1

11

Tampa Bay

69

32

30

7

71

197

234

21-11-2

11-19-5

5-4-1

Won 1

12

Toronto

70

30

32

8

68

202

217

16-13-6

14-19-2

1-8-1

Lost 2

13

Carolina

70

26

29

15

67

183

211

17-13-6

9-16-9

3-3-4

Lost 2

14

NY Islanders

70

28

31

11

67

164

211

15-15-6

13-16-5

3-4-3

OT 2

15

Montreal

71

28

32

11

67

188

198

13-15-8

15-17-3

4-5-1

Won 1

*

Why last night rocked:

  • On NHL ice? Yeah, sure; not a banner evening for Florida's recent efforts, as everyone of significance gained at least a point (below)

Why last night jonesed:

  • WPG over DAL, 5-2: another home game, another victory for Jets as Ladd pots 2, Pavelec stops 27. Host Caps Friday.
  • COL over BUF, 5-4 (SO): checked on the Sabres in Eastern standings lately?
  • MTL over OTT, 3-2 (SO): points in four straight for Sens

Panthers Playoff Update:

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

Focusing on clubs within 5 points of Panthers (79P); teams FLA needs to lose in bold…

  • Not a single game, so enjoy the action from Sunrise without that instinctive need to scramble for out-of-town scores every 90 seconds

Next up for the Cats:

  • Hosting the Broons this evening; the LBC Game Thread will begin showing uncorrelated targets approaching from the north-northwest at 7. Colonial insight on tonight's event can be found at the cobblestone doorstep of Stanley Cup Of Chowder. Need tickets? Seats starting at $8 via TiqIQ

Did you know:

  • Boston has failed to score more than 3 goals in six of their past seven games, going 2-5. Their power play has been similarly atrocious, with a single goal in last nine (1-for-25).

Wednesday’s Organizational News:

  • Kris Versteeg, Dmitry Kulikov, and Scottie Upshall again practiced in full gear; D Tyson Strachan likely headed back to San Antonio soon