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LBC GameDay Caterwaul: Washington Capitals at Florida Panthers

Back home after gaining a point in Tampa, Cats face another Eastern Conference powerhouse

Washington Capitals v Florida Panthers Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Capitals (2-0-1 5P) vs Panthers (2-0-1 5P)

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  • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 7ish
  • WHERE: BB&T Center - Sunrise, FL
  • TICKETS: Single game via Ticketmaster
  • ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, CSN-DC
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM, 640 WMEN
  • SOCIALS: #FlaPanthers, #Caps, #WSHvsFLA, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Japers’ Rink
  • SB NATION: Game Hub
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 1 of 3 (0-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs WSH: 47W-51L-9T 6OTL 4SOL 299GF 346GA
  • ALL-TIME vs WSH at FLA: 27W-26L-6T 1OTL 2SOL 183GF 174GA
  • LAST FIVE vs WSH: 3-1-1 15GF 10GA
  • LAST GAME vs WSH: FLA 5 - WSH 2 (Todd’s Recap) - 02/02/2016
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Luongo (2-0 .957/0.98), Holtby (1-0-1 .942/1.45)
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs WSH (regular season): 80GP 31G-61A 92P +16 6GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Washington

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NHL.com Preview:

Captain Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist Tuesday for his 280th career multi-point game. Ovechkin ranks fifth among active NHL players in multi-point games, behind Jaromir Jagr (533), Joe Thornton (363), Jarome Iginla (321) and Marian Hossa (289). The Capitals have earned a point in 14 of their past 16 games against the Panthers, and are 22-6-3 against Florida since the start of the 2009-10 season. (More)

Yahoo.com Preview:

Panthers starting goalie Roberto Luongo, who has allowed just two goals in his two games this year, is expected to return to the starting lineup on Thursday.

He will be opposed by Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, who won 48 games and the Vezina Trophy last season.

Luongo will have to contend with Capitals star left winger Alex Ovechkin, who scored 50 goals last season. It was the third straight year he reached that milestone, and he has done it seven times overall in his career.

The Capitals, who beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 on Tuesday, got off to a slow start on their power play this season, enduring a 0-for-8 drought. But they got two power-play goals on Tuesday, including one by Ovechkin, so that issue has seemingly been corrected heading into Thursday's game. (More)

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Last game for the Cats: 4-3 (SO) loss in Tampa Tuesday. Past five: 2-0-1 (streak: 1L)

Last game for the Caps: 3-0 victory in D.C. over the Avs Tuesday. Past five: 2-0-1 (streak: 2W)

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Thursday in the Atlantic Division (Standings / Panthers Playoff Chances):

  • New Jersey (1-1-1 3P) at BOSTON (2-1 4P), 7:00
  • Colorado (2-1 4P) at TAMPA BAY (3-0 6P), 7:30
  • Arizona (1-1 2P) at MONTREAL (2-0-1 5P), 7:30
  • TORONTO (1-0-2 4P) at Minnesota (2-1 4P), 8:00
  • BUFFALO (1-1-1 3P) at Vancouver (3-0 6P), 10:00
  • Idle: OTW (4GP/6P), DET (4GP/4P)

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