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LBC GameDay Caterwaul: Colorado Avalanche at Florida Panthers

Two-game winless streak dovetails with arrival of an old nemesis in Sunrise.

Florida Panthers v Colorado Avalanche Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Avalanche (3-1-0 6P) vs Panthers (2-1-1 5P)


  • WHEN: 7:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 6:30ish
  • WHERE: BB&T Center - Sunrise, FL
  • TICKETS: Single game via Ticketmaster
  • ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, Altitude
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM, 640 WMEN
  • SOCIALS: #FlaPanthers, #Avs, #COLvsFLA, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Mile High Hockey
  • SB NATION: Game Hub
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 1 of 2 (0-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs COL: 11W-18L-3T 2OTL 1SOL 98GF 117GA
  • ALL-TIME vs COL at FLA: 5W-12L-0T 0OTL 1SOL 54GF 68GA
  • LAST FIVE vs COL: 1-3-1 14GF 14GA
  • LAST GAME vs COL: COL 3 - FLA 2 (Todd’s Recap) - 03/03/2016
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Luongo (2-1-0 .920/1.98), Varlamov (2-1-0 .916/2.67)
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs COL (regular season): 42GP 21G-28A 49P +9 1GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Colorado


Yahoo! Preview:

The Panthers, defending Atlantic Division champs, are off to a decent start. After winning their first two games, the Panthers were 5.5 seconds away from going 3-0-0 before a Stamkos goal forced overtime and an eventual Florida shootout loss. Then on Thursday against the Capitals, the Panthers had battled back from a two-goal deficit to tie the score 2-2. And that's when Ovechkin's deflection created the 90th game-winning goal of his career. Colorado is off to an even better start than Florida, including an impressive 4-0 win at the Lightning on Thursday. Goalie Semyon Varlamov, who joins McKinnon, Duchene and forward Gabriel Landeskog as Colorado's four representatives on the NHL top-100 list, seems to already be in peak form. (More)


Last game for the Cats: 4-2 home loss to Washington on Thursday. Past five: 2-1-1 (streak: 2L)

Last game for the Avs: 4-0 victory in Tampa(!) over the Bolts. Past five: 4-1-0 (streak: 1W)


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

  • TORONTO (1-1-2 4P) at Chicago (2-3 4P), 7:00
  • MONTREAL (3-0-1 7P) at BOSTON (3-1 6P), 7:00
  • TAMPA BAY (3-1 6P) at OTTAWA (3-1 6P), 7:00
  • San Jose (3-2 6P) at DETROIT (2-2 4P), 7:00
  • Idle: BUF (4GP/3P)


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