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LBC GameDay Caterwaul: Florida Panthers at Vancouver Canucks

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0-1-1 Western roadie rolls into ‘Couver

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Florida Panthers Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers (20-18-9 49P) vs Canucks (21-19-6 48P)

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  • WHEN: 10:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 9:30ish
  • WHERE: Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC
  • ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, Sportsnet Pacific
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM, 640 WMEN
  • GOODIES: Book Drive January 26 vs Tampa Bay! Pro Wrestling Night February 9 vs Los Angeles! Valentine’s Day Package!
  • SOCIALS: #FlaPanthers, #Canucks, #FLAvsVAN, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Nucks Misconduct
  • SB NATION: Game Feature Hub
  • BACK-TO-BACK? (FLA/VAN): None/None
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 2 of 2 (1-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs VAN (RS): 10W-10L-6T 2OTL 2SOL 74GF 88GA
  • ALL-TIME at VAN (RS): 3W-5L-5T 1OTL 1SOL 34GF 42GA
  • LAST FIVE vs VAN (RS): 3-1-1 15GF 12GA
  • LAST MEETING: FLA 4, VAN 2 at Sunrise (Todd’s Recap) - 12/10/2016
  • NEXT MEETING (RS): 2017-18 season
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Luongo (13-12-5 .920/2.45 1SO) vs Miller (13-10-3 .917/2.54 3SO)
  • TALE OF THE TAPE via Left Wing Lock
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs VAN (RS): 32GP 14G-25A 39P +12 3GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Vancouver

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Scouting Report (not really but worth a spirited history lesson):

There have been a dozen trades in last 20 years between the Canucks and Panthers — so many that Luongo wasn’t even the first goalie to leave Florida with a return ticket.

Alex Auld, acquired by Burke from Bill Torrey in 2001, was returned to the Panthers in the Luongo trade five years later.

Despite our aversion to pipelines on the West Coast, the flow of goods (and bads) between South Florida and Vancouver has continued since Canuck GM Pat Quinn surrendered a third-round draft pick to get Panther centre Jesse Belanger on March 20, 1996. The Canucks lost that trade, but nobody noticed because that was the same day Quinn pilfered Naslund from the Pittsburgh Penguins. (More via Vancouver Province)

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Last game by the Cats: 4-3 (SO) loss at Edmonton Wednesday. Last five: 2-2-1 (streak: 2L)

Last game by the Nucks: 1-0 home victory vs Nashville Tuesday. Last five: 2-1-2 (streak: 1W)

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

  • Chicago (28-14-5 59P) at BOSTON (23-19-6 52P), 7:00 NHLN
  • DETROIT (20-19-6 46P) at BUFFALO (17-18-9 43P), 7:00
  • MONTREAL (27-13-6 60P) at New Jersey (19-18-9 47P), 7:30
  • Idle: OTT (52P), TOR (50P), TB (47P)

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