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Game 82: Season Finale then... Playoffs!

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Carolina Hurricanes (35-30-16 86P) at Florida Panthers (46-26-9 101P)

  • WHEN: 7:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 6:30ish
  • WHERE: BB&T Center - Miami Ft Lauderdale Sunrise, FL

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  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 3 of 3 (2-0-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs CAR/HFD: 46W-43L-11T 9OTL 2SOL 308GF 297GA
  • ALl-TIME at FLA: 28W-11L-8T 6OTL 2SOL 170GF 126GA
  • LAST FIVE vs CAR: 5-0-0 15GF 2GA
  • LAST GAME vs CAR FLA 2 vs CAR 0 (Todd's Recap) - 12/18/2015

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  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Luongo (32-19-6 2.37/.921 4SO), Lack (12-13-6 2.77/.903 2SO)
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs CAR/HFD (regular season): 85GP 38G-78A 116P 7GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: FloridaCarolina

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Notes:

The Panthers enter the game with a 24-11-5 record at the BB&T Center, while the Hurricanes are 16-15-9 on the road...Despite missing 16 games, C Aleksander Barkov leads the Cats with 28 goals and is on an eight-game scoring streak...Roberto Luongo blanked the 'Canes in Raleigh in the last meetings between the clubs...If the Islanders win over Buffalo and the Rangers lose to Detroit, the Panthers will face the Rangers in the first-round of the playoffs. An Isles overtime/shootout loss paired with a Broadway Blueshirts loss in regulation produces the same result. If the teams pick up the same amount of points today, we'll have to wait until the end of tomorrow's Islanders-Flyers tilt to know Florida's opponent.

NHL.com Preview:

Florida was defeated by the Ottawa Senators, 3-1 in their road finale Thursday. "We've got one more game before the playoffs at home for our fans, so we have to make sure we play a lot better than tonight," Jaromir Jagr, who scored for Florida said. "Two bad games just before the playoffs I don't think would be very smart." (More)

Yahoo.com Preview:

Carolina has been outscored 15-2 while dropping the last five meetings and has scored fewer than three goals in four of its last five. It is wrapping up a seventh straight season without a playoff berth by trying to draw positives from each contest. The Hurricanes' 86 points are their most since 2010-11, and they were competing for a wild-card spot in the season's final weeks. (More)

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Last game for the Cats: 3-1 loss in Ottawa on ThursdayPast five: 4-1-0 16GF 12GA (streak: 1L)

Last game for the 'Canes: 4-2 loss to Habs on ThursdayPast five: 2-2-1 10GF 15GA (streak: 1L)

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Saturday in the Atlantic Division (Standings):

  • OTTAWA (37-35-9 83P) at BOSTON (42-30-9 93P), 12:30
  • DETROIT (41-29-11 93P) at New York Rangers (45-27-9 99P), 12:30
  • TAMPA BAY (44-28-5 93P) at MONTREAL (37-38-6 80P), 7:00
  • TORONTO (29-41-11 69P) at New Jersey (37-36-8 82P), 7:00
  • BUFFALO (34-35-11 79P) at New York Islanders (45-26-9 99P), 7:30

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