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Game Thread: Florida Panthers vs Colorado Avalanche

LBC's Live Discussion and Commentary Forum: Game 6

In six total games since 2009 the Panthers and Avalanche have traded victories in each match; Colorado won the last game 3-2 (REG) in January.
In six total games since 2009 the Panthers and Avalanche have traded victories in each match; Colorado won the last game 3-2 (REG) in January.
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Panthers (1-2-2 4P) at Avalanche (1-4-1 3P)

Season Series: Game 1 of 2 (0-0)
All Time vs COL: 9W-16L-3T-2OTL-1SOL 86GF 106GA
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It will forever be an event of sorts - no matter how meaningless the game - when the Cats and Avs find themselves facing off against one another. The 1996 Stanley Cup Final is of course the centerpiece and Ground Zero for the rivalry but more recent examples do exist; Colorado winning the draft lottery in 2013, snaring the first-overall selection (eventually picking Nathan MacKinnon) from Florida (which took Aleksander Barkov) in the process, remains in the forefront of many fans' minds. Just one more slap in the face, delivered via an automated league process (that's my "out" for Buffalo's loss in the lottery only a few months ago; hello Mr. Ekblad).

Both clubs have had a rocky start in the new campaign: the Avs have yet to score a victory at home while sporting an 11-goal differential - of the minus variety - overall while injuries to the goaltending corps had opponents dreaming of ECHL netminders holding the fort. Not to be the case tonight, as Reto Berra returns to firm up Colorado's crease.

Just another night out west, right?

Tonight

Game # Start (ET) & Date Wish we were at the...
6 of 82 9 p.m. - October 21, 2014 Pepsi Center - Denver, CO

The Goods

Opponent Blog SB Nation TV MollerVision
Mile High Hockey Game Page FS Florida 560 WQAM

Probable Goaltenders

GP MIN W L OTL GA GAA SA SV% SO
COL - Berra 3 83 1 0 0 1 0.73 38 .974 0
FLA - Luongo 4 202 1 2 1 9 2.67 95 .905 1

Around the Atlantic

Matchup Record / Points Atlantic Rank Start (ET)
San Jose 4-1-1 / 9P N/A 7:00
Boston 3-4 / 6P 5th
Toronto 2-3-1 / 5P 6th 7:00
NY Islanders 4-1 / 8P N/A
Detroit 3-1-1 / 7P T-3rd 7:30
Montreal 5-1 / 10P 1st
Tampa Bay 3-2-1 / 7P T-3rd 9:00
Calgary 4-3 / 8P N/A