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Game 78: Cats can clinch with some help

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Montreal Canadiens (36-36-6 78P) at Florida Panthers (43-25-9 95P)

  • WHEN: 7:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 6:30ish
  • WHERE: BB&T Center - Miami Ft Lauderdale Sunrise, FL
  • UPCOMING GOODIES: Tonight is Autism Awareness Night (details)

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  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 3 of 4 (2-0-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs MTL: 39W-30L-6T 7OTL 3SOL 208GF 218GA
  • ALl-TIME at FLA: 20W-17L-3T 3OTL 1SOL 116GF 118GA
  • LAST FIVE vs MTL: 2-2-1 12GF 12GA
  • LAST GAME vs MTL FLA 4 vs MTL 1 (Todd's Recap) - 3/15/2016

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  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Luongo (32-19-6 2.37/.921 4SO), Condon (20-23-6 2.67/.905 1SO)
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs MTL (regular season): 81GP 42G-48A 90P 10GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: FloridaMontreal

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Notes:

With five games remaining, the Panthers need one more win to set a new franchise-record for most victories in a season. The club is four points away from breaking the record for most points (98) set by the 1999-00 squad. Florida's magic number for clinching a playoff spot remains at three due to Detroit's 3-2 win over Minnesota and Boston's 6-5 win over St. Louis. A win tonight and a Red Wings loss in Toronto puts the Cats in the postseason. Rookie Logan Shaw was returned to the Portland Pirates yesterday.

NHL.com Preview:

Montreal right wing Brendan Gallagher returns Saturday. He missed the past 12 games because of a lower-body injury sustained March 5. Gallagher will play with center Alex Galchenyuk and left wing Max Pacioretty. "Our first game together I got hurt, so it will be nice to hopefully stick together here for a little while," Gallagher said Friday in a video on the Canadiens website. (More)

Yahoo.com Preview:

The Panthers, who avoided a third straight loss at home, will try to pick up another victory there before opening a three-game trip. Four of Florida's remaining games are against teams eliminated from playoff contention. Two of those are against Montreal (36-36-6), which nonetheless has won two straight as it seemingly embraces the spoiler role. The Canadiens defeated desperate Detroit 4-3 on Tuesday before knocking off the Lightning. (More)

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Last game for the Cats: Rat-filled 3-2 win over DevilsPast five: 3-2-0 16GF 14GA (streak: 1W)

Last game for the Habs: Helpful 3-0 shutout win in TampaPast five: 3-2-0 16GF 15GA (streak: 2W)

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

  • OTTAWA (36-33-9 81P) at Philadelphia (38-25-13 89P), 1:00
  • DETROIT (39-28-11 89P) at TORONTO (28-38-11 67P), 7:00
  • New Jersey (37-33-8 82P) at TAMPA BAY (44-28-5 93P), 7:00
  • BUFFALO (32-35-11 75P) at New York Rangers (43-25-9 95P), 7:00
  • Idle: BOS (78GP/90P)

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