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LBC GameDay Caterwaul: Vancouver Canucks at Florida Panthers

Guds returns as Cats attempt to break four-game hex

Vancouver Canucks v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Canucks (12-13-2 26P) at Panthers (12-12-4 28P)


  • WHEN: 7:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 6:30ish
  • WHERE: BB&T Center - Sunrise, FL
  • ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, Sportsnet
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM, 640 WMEN
  • TICKETS: via Ticketmaster
  • GOODIES: Panthers Holiday Plan deal (more), Holiday Toy Drive (more)
  • SOCIALS: #FlaPanthers, #Canucks, #VANvsFLA, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Nucks Misconduct
  • SB NATION: Game Feature Hub
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 1 of 2 (0-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs VAN (RS): 9W-10L-6T 2OTL 2SOL 70GF 86GA
  • ALL-TIME vs VAN at FLA (RS): 6W-5L-1T 1OTL 1SOL 36GF 44GA
  • LAST FIVE vs VAN (RS): 2-1-2 14GF 14GA
  • LAST MEETING: Host VAN 3, FLA 2 (OT) (Kevin’s Recap) - 01/11/2016
  • NEXT MEETING: Friday 01/20/2017 at Vancouver
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Luongo (9-8-2 .923/2.25 0SO), Markstrom (6-4-2 .900/2.74 1SO)
  • TALE OF THE TAPE via Left Wing Lock
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs VAN (RS): 31GP 14G-24A 38P +10 3GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Vancouver


Scouting Report:

Three former Florida Panthers -- right winger Jack Skille, defenseman Erik Gudbranson and goalie Jacob Markstrom -- will arrive at the BB&T Center on Saturday night feeling pretty good as they prepare to face their old team. All three players contributed for their Vancouver Canucks (12-13-2) in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Gudbranson scored his first goal of the season and added an assist. Skille scored his first two goals of the season and Markstrom entered the game in relief of injured Ryan Miller, making a pair of saves. Skille, a fourth-line winger who scored his two goals in less than eight minutes of ice time, credited Gudbranson's excellent outlet pass for his first score. "It was a good heads-up play by Erik," said Skille, a 29-year-old from Wisconsin who is playing for his fifth NHL team. "I just took it to the net. I was fortunate it went in." (More via Yahoo! Sports/AP)


Last game by the Cats: 5-1 thrashing via Pittsburgh in Sunrise Thursday. Past five: 1-2-2 (streak: 4L)

Last game by the ‘Nucks: 5-1 victory in Tampa Bay on Thursday. Past five: 3-2-0 (streak: 1W)


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

  • OTTAWA (16-9-2 34P) at Los Angeles (13-11-2 28P), 4:00
  • TORONTO (10-10-5 25P) at BOSTON (15-11-2 32P), 7:00 NHLN
  • Colorado (10-14-1 21P) at MONTREAL (18-6-3 39P), 7:00
  • Pittsburgh (17-7-3 37P) at TAMPA BAY (14-12-2 30P), 7:00
  • Idle: DET (29P), BUF (26P)


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