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Despite his presence on the IR since January 22, D Dmitry Kulikov remains tied for 5th on the club in power play points with 10 (2G/8A)
Despite his presence on the IR since January 22, D Dmitry Kulikov remains tied for 5th on the club in power play points with 10 (2G/8A)

Special teams have been an up-and-down statistic for the Florida Panthers in 2011-12, but whatever the causes for such porpoising - extensive injuries in both ends would be a safe place to begin any investigation - the Cats (through Sunday's games) rank 10th on the man-advantage (18.6%) and 24th (80%) on the kill. To their credit, the PK has been solid if relatively untested over the past two, allowing no goals in three opportunities, while the power play has found the net once in eight tries during those matches. Their last game - a 4-2 victory over Ottawa Sunday - featured 1 PP goal-for and none against...the 15th time the club has scored at least one extra-man goal and allowed zero throughout 2011-12. Last time it happened? February 12, a stretch of eleven games.

The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

64

42

15

7

91

179

133

22-7-2

20-8-5

6-2-2

Won 1

2

Boston

64

38

23

3

79

209

150

19-12-2

19-11-1

4-5-1

Lost 2

3

Florida

65

31

22

12

74

163

184

16-9-8

15-13-4

4-5-1

Won 1

4

Pittsburgh

65

39

21

5

83

209

168

21-8-2

18-13-3

8-2-0

Won 6

5

Philadelphia

64

36

21

7

79

210

191

15-10-5

21-11-2

5-5-0

Won 2

6

New Jersey

65

36

24

5

77

180

175

16-12-3

20-12-2

5-4-1

Lost 1

7

Ottawa

67

34

25

8

76

202

198

17-13-3

17-12-5

6-3-1

Lost 2

8

Winnipeg

67

32

27

8

72

176

187

21-10-4

11-17-4

6-2-2

Won 2

9

Washington

65

32

28

5

69

172

184

21-10-2

11-18-3

4-6-0

Lost 2

10

Tampa Bay

65

31

28

6

68

184

219

20-9-2

11-19-4

7-3-0

Won 4

11

Buffalo

66

30

28

8

68

163

186

16-11-7

14-17-1

6-2-2

Lost 1

12

Toronto

65

30

28

7

67

194

201

16-12-5

14-16-2

2-7-1

Won 1

13

NY Islanders

66

28

29

9

65

155

195

15-14-5

13-15-4

4-5-1

Won 2

14

Carolina

65

24

27

14

62

171

197

17-13-6

7-14-8

4-2-4

OT 1

15

Montreal

66

25

31

10

60

170

184

12-15-8

13-16-2

2-7-1

Lost 1

*

Why last night rocked:

  • No Doc Emrick on NBC's Jets/Sabs broadcast, however...

Why last night jonesed:

  • WPG over BUF, 3-1; Jets remain relevant on 3-assist effort by Bryan Little, face Canucks in Vancouver Thursday

Panthers Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

Focusing on clubs within 6 points of Panthers (74P); teams FLA needs to lose in bold

  • CAR at WSH (69P), 7 p.m.; Canes: 6-2-5 since February 2. Caps: 6-8-1 over same stretch
  • BOS (79P) at TOR, 7; Broons outscored Leafs 13-3 in two games this season at Toronto
  • DET at PHI (79P), 7; Wings have lost last six in Philly
  • NYR at NJ (79P), 7; Devils are 1-4-1 past 6, 1-1 vs Rags at Newark in 2011-12
  • OTT (76P) at TB (68P), 7:30; whatever. Bolts - winners of four straight and 7 of last 9 - just won't disappear.

Next up for the Cats:

  • At Philadelphia Thursday; LBC Game Thread goes live at 6:30

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