- WHO: Florida Panthers (89P) vs New Jersey Devils (78P)
- WHEN: 7:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 6:30ish
- WHERE: BB&T Center - Sunrise, FL
- TICKETS: Single game via the club
- WHERE TO WATCH: Fox Sports Florida, MSG+2
- HOW TO LISTEN: WQAM 560, WFAN 660
- ENEMY INTEL: In Lou We Trust
- FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 3 of 3 (0-2-0 pre-Jagr)
- ALL-TIME VS NJD: 27W-44L-7T 5OTL 2SOL 183GF 245GA
- PLAYER STATS: Florida / New Jersey
- GAME NOTES: via the Club
- EXPECTED STARTERS: as of 10 a.m. - Montoya vs Schneider
- JAGRWATCH: Career vs NJD: 99GP 35G 54A 89P 7GWG
- TWITTER TAGS: #FlaPanthers, #NJDevils, #NJDvsFLA #OneUnderTheSun (use this one first!)
- ETC: This is the final game of the regular season for both clubs; it will be F Jaromir Jagr's first appearance against the Devils since being dealt to Florida before the trading deadline in March. D Erik Gudbranson (undisclosed physical issue) is not expected to play; Steven Kampfer will substitute. Soon-to-be UFAs Tomas Kopecky and Scottie Upshall are likely in their last hours with the Cats at the tail end of twin-4 year deals. This game has been designated as Fan Appreciation Night (details here). Through Friday's action, TSN currently has the Panthers at a 3.5% chance of winning the Draft Lottery on April 18. 2013 draftee D Josh Brown signed an ELC with the club on Thursday.
Last game for the Cats: 4-2 victory over Boston Thursday in Sunrise
Past five: 2-3-0 13GF 14GA (streak: 1W)
Last game for the Lams: 4-3 OT loss in Tampa Bay on Thursday
Past five: 4-1-0 10GF 9GA (streak: 1L)
And that's about it for the 2014-15 campaign. As has been the case in each of the past eight seasons we here at Litter Box Cats have been honored and privileged to not only host a forum for your commentary on the team we all love but also welcome so many new friends into our growing community. With the Rampage heading into the AHL playoffs, the upcoming Draft (in Sunrise!), Free Agency, and a summer full of speculation about next season we'll have plenty to banter over in the coming months.
I'd like to take a quick moment to thank longtime editor and friend Todd Little (@toddlittle827) for his tireless efforts throughout the year. No matter the circumstance - or time of day - he's been not only our heartbeat but the soul of LBC, Johnny-on-the-spot whatever the situation. Can't imagine this site without his talent and commitment. You never see his behind-the-scenes wizardry, but trust me when I say we'd be lost without it.
As well, a hearty round of applause and thanks to the Panthers' public relations and communications office, which was beyond courteous, professional in every way, and helpful at each turn throughout the year.
Our collective thanks to each of you for tuning in and spreading the word about Florida Panthers hockey. Grand days ahead :)