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Though the Florida Panthers find themselves down 0-2 to the Flyers in 2011-12 - both results being one-goal affairs (the most recent ending in a shootout) on Sunrise ice - the Cats head to Philadelphia this evening seeking the best possible outcome: an opportunity to split the season, something neither club has accomplished since '08-09, when Philly won the first and last matches of the four-game series. Led off by Florida, each team has gone 3-1 vs the other in the subsequent two seasons.

But after a peek at the Eastern Conference standings we're not really concerned with such filler on this 8th day of March, are we...?

The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

65

42

16

7

91

180

137

22-7-2

20-9-5

5-3-2

Lost 1

2

Boston

65

39

23

3

81

214

154

19-12-2

20-11-1

4-5-1

Won 1

3

Florida

65

31

22

12

74

163

184

16-9-8

15-13-4

4-5-1

Won 1

4

Pittsburgh

66

40

21

5

85

212

170

22-8-2

18-13-3

8-2-0

Won 7

5

Philadelphia

65

37

21

7

81

213

193

16-10-5

21-11-2

6-4-0

Won 3

6

New Jersey

66

37

24

5

79

184

176

17-12-3

20-12-2

5-4-1

Won 1

7

Ottawa

68

35

25

8

78

209

201

17-13-3

18-12-5

7-3-0

Won 1

8

Winnipeg

67

32

27

8

72

176

187

21-10-4

11-17-4

6-2-2

Won 2

9

Washington

66

32

28

6

70

175

188

21-10-3

11-18-3

4-5-1

OT 1

10

Buffalo

67

31

28

8

70

166

188

17-11-7

14-17-1

7-1-2

Won 1

11

Tampa Bay

66

31

29

6

68

187

226

20-10-2

11-19-4

7-3-0

Lost 1

12

Toronto

67

30

30

7

67

200

209

16-13-5

14-17-2

2-7-1

Lost 2

13

NY Islanders

66

28

29

9

65

155

195

15-14-5

13-15-4

4-5-1

Won 2

14

Carolina

67

25

27

15

65

177

203

17-13-6

8-14-9

4-2-4

OT 1

15

Montreal

67

25

32

10

60

174

189

12-15-8

13-17-2

2-7-1

Lost 2

*

Why last night rocked:

  • PIT over TOR, 3-2 (REG): for the most part a "so what?" game from our perspective; on the bright side FLA won't have to face a Pens squad coming off a busted six-game winning streak tomorrow

Why last night jonesed:

  • BUF over CAR, 3-2 (OT): Sabres now 7-1-1 last nine

Panthers Playoff Update:

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

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

  • TB (68P) at WSH (70P), 7 p.m. (NHL-N): both clubs with 66 games-played; we'll take any result but one that ends with an OT or SO behind the score
  • NYI at NJ (79P), 7: clubs have split season series after two; visiting team won each time
  • BUF (70P) at BOS, 7: 2-2, home club has won every game
  • NYR at OTT (78P), 7:30: Rags victorious in last six from Kanata
  • WPG (72P) at VAN, 10: Nucks are 10-5-1 vs East in 2011-12, boast 19-8-4 home record; Peggers are 11-17-4 on road

Next up for the Cats:

  • Tonight from FlyerTown; the LBC Game Thread offers to show Otis a very long arm at 6:30. Until then, roll on over to Broad Street Hockey for the Philly side of the equation.

Did you know:

  • After 37 combined regular season appearances at The Spectrum and Wells Fargo Center, Florida is 4 goals-for short of 100 all-time in Philadelphia.

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