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LBC GameDay Caterwaul: Ottawa Senators at Florida Panthers

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Four-day NHL All-Star break gives Cats opportunity to regroup, re-focus for stretch drive as injured core find extra time to heal

NHL: Florida Panthers at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Senators (26-15-6 58P) vs Panthers (21-19-10 52P)

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  • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 7ish
  • WHERE: BB&T Center - Sunrise, FL
  • ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, RDS2, TSN5
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM, 640 WMEN
  • TICKETS: Single Game via the Club
  • GOODIES: Trocheck garners four points at All Star debut! Pro Wrestling Night February 9 vs Los Angeles! Bokamper’s Watch Party February 11 vs Nashville! Valentine’s Day Package!
  • SOCIALS: #FlaPanthers, #Sens, #OTTvsFLA, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Silver Seven
  • SB NATION: Game Feature Hub
  • BACK-TO-BACK? (FLA/TB): None/None
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 3 of 4 (1-1-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs OTT (RS): 36W-47L-3T 4OTL 0SOL 240GF 276GA
  • ALL-TIME at FLA: 18W-25L-1T 1OTL 0SOL 128GF 140GA
  • LAST FIVE vs OTT (RS): 3-2-0 14GF 10GA
  • LAST MEETING: Host OTT 2, FLA 0 (Todd’s Recap) - 12/03/2016
  • NEXT MEETING (RS): Sunday, February 6 at Ottawa (Tickets)
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Reimer (8-6-4 .916/2.58 0SO) vs Condon (14-7-5 .910/2.71 2SO)
  • TALE OF THE TAPE via Left Wing Lock
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs OTT (RS): 76GP 44G-46A 90P +19 11GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Ottawa

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Scouting Report:

It was a shattering [preseason] injury for Huberdeau and the Panthers, who haven't lived up to their title as defending champions of the Atlantic Division. Preseason injuries to Huberdeau and Nick Bjugstad got the Panthers off to a bad start, morale-wise at the very least.

After all, Huberdeau was coming off a career-best season of 20 goals and 59 points.

"It's been a hard time," Huberdeau said of his comeback attempt as well as his spirits. "This is the first time I've had a bad injury. It's been tough mentally and physically."

In other news: Panthers interim coach Tom Rowe announced that backup goalie James Reimer will start Tuesday. Rowe said starter Roberto Luongo is not hurt but that Reimer has been playing well and deserved to start. (More via Yahoo! Sports/AP)

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Last action from the Cats: 2-1 (OT) home victory vs Tampa Bay on Thursday. Past five: 1-2-2 (streak: 1W)

Last action from the Sens: 3-2 (OT) home loss to Calgary Tuesday. Past five: 3-0-2 (streak: 2W)

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

  • BUFFALO (20-19-9 49P) at MONTREAL (29-14-7 65P), 7:30
  • New Jersey (20-21-9 49P) at DETROIT (20-20-9 49P), 7:30
  • BOSTON (25-21-6 56P) at TAMPA BAY (22-22-6 50P), 7:30
  • TORONTO (23-15-9 55P) at Dallas (20-20-10 50P), 8:30
  • Idle: None

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