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Game 75: First place on the line

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Florida Panthers (41-24-9 91P) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (43-26-5 91P)

  • WHEN: 7:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 6:30ish
  • WHERE: Amalie Arena- Tampa, FL
  • UPCOMING GOODIES: Star Wars Night will be held March 29th vs TOR...Autism Awareness Night: April 2nd vs Montreal (details).


  • ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, SUN Sports
  • ON THE DIAL: 560, 640, 760, 1210 (AM); 97.7, 107.9 (FM); Official App
  • SOCIALS: #FlaPanthers, #TBLightning, #FLAvsTBL, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Raw Charge
  • SB NATION: Game Hub


  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 5 of 5 (3-1-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs TBL: 61W-38L-10T 5OTL 7SOL 372GF 328GA
  • ALL-TIME at TBL: 26W-26L-6T 1OTL 2SOL 178GF 172GA
  • LAST FIVE vs TBL: 3-2-0 12GF 13GA
  • LAST GAME vs TBL: FLA 5 vs TBL 2 (Kevin's Recap) - 1/23/2016


  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Luongo (31-18-6 2.34/.922 4SO), Vasilevskiy (11-7-0 2.63/.915 1SO)
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs TBL (regular season): 75GP 34G-46A 80P 6GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: FloridaTampa Bay

* Preview:

Florida enters tied in points with Tampa Bay at 91 but sits second in the Atlantic Division by virtue of having six fewer regulation/overtime wins (Lightning 40, Panthers 34). Each team has eight games remaining. "We're battling right now for the division lead and it's a lot of fun, late in the season," coach Gerard Gallant told the Panthers website after practice Friday. (More) Preview:

The Lightning have won three straight after beating the New York Islanders 7-4 on Friday. Tampa Bay, though, was dealt a major blow when Anton Stralman left in the first period with a broken leg after the tip of his skate got stuck in the ice as he fell. He's out indefinitely, leaving the Lightning without one of their top two defensemen for at least the remainder of the regular season. (More)


Last game for the Cats: Huge 4-1 win in BostonPast five: 3-2-0 17GF 12GA (streak: 1W)

Last game for the Bolts: 7-4 victory over IslesPast five: 3-2-0 19GF 14GA (streak: 3W)


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

  • Winnipeg (31-37-6 68P) at BUFFALO (30-34-10 70P), 1:00
  • Pittsburgh (40-25-8 88P) at DETROIT (37-26-11 85P), 2:00
  • BOSTON (39-28-8 86P) at TORONTO (27-35-11 65P), 7:00
  • New York Rangers (42-24-8 92P) at MONTREAL (34-35-6 74P), 7:00
  • Anaheim (40-23-10 90P) at OTTAWA (34-33-8 76P), 7:00


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