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LBC GameDay Caterwaul: Florida Panthers at Carolina Hurricanes

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Season-high six game roadie begins in Raleigh

NHL: Florida Panthers at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers (11-9-1 23P) at Hurricanes (8-8-4 20P)

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  • WHEN: 6:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 5:30ish
  • WHERE: PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
  • ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Carolina, NHL.TV
  • ON THE DIAL: 640 WMEN
  • GOODIES: Panthers Holiday Plan deal now on sale (more)
  • SOCIALS: #FlaPanthers, #Canes, #FLAvsCAR, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Canes Country
  • SB NATION: Game Feature Hub
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 1 of 3 (0-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs CAR/HFD (RS): 47W-43L-11T 9OTL 2SOL 313GF 299GA
  • ALL-TIME at CAR/HFD (RS): 18W-32L-3T 3OTL 0SOL 138GF 171GA
  • LAST FIVE vs CAR (RS): 5-0-0 19GF 4GA
  • LAST MEETING: FLA 5, CAR 2 at Sunrise (Kevin’s Recap) - 04/09/2016
  • NEXT MEETING: Tuesday 02/28/2017 in Sunrise
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Reimer (3-3-1 .897/3.05 0SO), Leighton (no appearances)
  • TALE OF THE TAPE via Left Wing Lock
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs CAR/HFD (RS): 86GP 38G-79A 117P +28 7GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Carolina

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Scouting Reports:

  • Sunday's game is only the second part of a back-to-back set this season for the Hurricanes, who'll have 14 more situations with games on consecutive days before the season concludes. "You try to take bits and pieces from each game and try to learn from that," Hurricanes defensemen Justin Faulk said. Carolina coach Bill Peters has stressed the importance of taking advantage of home games. The team managed to do that in the last homestand. "We want to establish a good brand of hockey and a tough building to play in," Hurricanes center Jeff Skinner said. "We want to establish that identity." (Yahoo! Sports)
  • "We're a confident group when we get to extra time that we can get the job done, whether that's 3-on-3 or even the shootout. We've had some success over the last couple of years," (Roberto) Luongo said after the game. "We carried the play in overtime. I thought we had a couple of good chances we didn't bury, but we found a way to get it done in the shootout." The Panthers are completing their third set of back-to-back games. In each of the first two, Luongo started the first game and James Reimer played the second. (NHL.com)

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Last game for the Cats: 2-1 shootout victory over Columbus Saturday. Past five: 3-2-0 (streak: 1W)

Last game for the Canes: 2-1 (REG) loss at Ottawa Saturday. Past five: 3-2-0 (streak: 2L)

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

  • TAMPA BAY (13-8-1 27P) at BOSTON (11-10-0 22P), 1:00
  • OTTAWA (13-7-1 27P) at NY Rangers (15-6-1 31P), 7:00 NHLN
  • Idle: MTL (34P), TOR (22P), DET (22P), BUF (19P)

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