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Game 67: Return of the Mac!

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Ottawa Senators (31-29-8 70P) at Florida Panthers (36-21-9 81P)

  • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 7ish
  • WHERE: BB&T Center - Not Miami, FL
  • TICKETS: Single game via the club
  • UPCOMING GOODIES: The 1996 Panthers SCF 20th Anniversary will be celebrated on March 12 (details)



  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 4 of 5 (2-1-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs OTT: 34W-45L-3T 4OTL 0SOL 229GF 268GA
  • ALL-TIME at FLA: 17W-25L-0T 1OTL 1SOL 122GF 138GA
  • LAST FIVE vs OTT: 3-2-0 12GF 13GA
  • LAST GAME vs OTT: OTT 2 at FLA 3 REG (Todd's recap) - 01/07/2016


  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Luongo (27-16-6 2.33/.922 4O), Anderson (27-20-4 2.81/.917 3SO)
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs OTT (regular season): 72GP 40G-44A 84P 11GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: FloridaOttawa

Spark plug center Derek MacKenzie is expected to return to the Panthers lineup tonight. Newly acquired Teddy Purcell (groin) will not play and captain Willie Mitchell will probably not be back until next week... Despite dropping five of its last seven, Ottawa is still hanging on in the playoff chase The Senators are just five points behind Detroit for the second wild card spot in the east... With a win and a Boston loss in regulation time to Carolina, the Cats can forge a three-way tie atop the Atlantic Division, tiebreakers notwithstanding.. The once very stingy Panthers have surrendered a whopping 21 goals during its current 1-3-2 slide... Veteran Finn Jussi Jokinen has scored in eight straight games (1G/8A).

* Preview:

Ottawa's chances at the Stanley Cup Playoffs were dealt a blow when Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner's game-tying goal with 0.2 seconds left in the third period led to a 4-3 shootout loss on Monday. "The bottom line is that what happened has happened," defenseman Dion Phaneuf said. "It's done, it's over with, come back to work today. We had a good practice and we prepare for [Thursday]."  (More) Preview:

''Every point we don't take advantage of from here is a little bit more frustrating because we're not making up any ground doing that,'' goaltender Andrew Hammond said. ''I think the two words that describe it are disappointing and frustrating.'' Hammond had 34 saves making a fourth consecutive start in place of Craig Anderson, who's expected back from a knee injury sustained Mar. 1 against St. Louis. Anderson has allowed 11 goals over his last three starts after going 6-2-0 with a 1.61 goals-against average over his previous eight. He's permitted six in three season meetings with the Panthers, including a 2-1 shootout loss at Florida on Dec. 22 in which he compiled 39 saves.   (More)


Last game for the Cats: 5-4 OT loss to Bahston Sunday. Past five: 1-3-1 11GF 18GA (streak: 3L)

Last game for the Sens: 4-3 SO loss in Carolina on Tuesday. Past five: 1-2-2 11GF 16GA (streak: 2L)


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

  • Carolina (30-26-11 71P) at BOSTON (38-23-7 83P), 7:00
  • BUFFALO (27-32-9 63P) at MONTREAL (31-30-6 68P), 7:30
  • Winnipeg (27-34-5 59P) at DETROIT (32-23-11 75P), 7:30 NHLN
  • Idle: TBL (83P), TOR (55P)


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