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GameDay Caterwaul: Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals

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Reeling Cats need to stop the bleeding tonight in the District

NHL: Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers (2-4-0 4P) at Capitals (4-3-1 9P)

  • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 7:00ish
  • WHERE: Capital One Arena - Washington, DC
  • ON THE TUBE: NBCSN
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM (D/B), 640 WMEN (PB), 1370 WAXE (TC), Thunder 100.3 (Keys)
  • SOCIALS: #FlaPanthers, ##ALLCAPS, #FLAvsWSH, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Japers’ Rink
  • SB NATION: Game Feature Hub
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 1 of 3 (0-0-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs WSH (RS): 48W-53L-9T 6OTL 4SOL 305GF 354GA
  • ALL-TIME at WSH (RS): 21W-30L-5T 2OTL 2SOL 143GF 189GA
  • LAST MEETING: FLA 2, Host WSH 0 - (Recap) - 4/9/2017
  • NEXT MEETING: January 25, 2018
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Reimer (1-2-0 .880/4.12 0SO) vs Grubauer (0-1-1 .844/5.85 0SO)
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Washington

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Scouting Report:

It may be early in the NHL campaign, but the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals are in a hurry to find the consistency needed to string wins together and move up in the standings.

When the teams collide Saturday at Capital One Arena, both will be playing the second game of back-to-back sets, with the Panthers coming off a 4-3 home loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Capitals besting the Red Wings 4-3 in overtime in Detroit.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz has tinkered with his lines in the early part of the season, but he has been pleased with the work of forward Devante Smith-Pelly, who has answered the challenge the coach put in front of him.

Florida has struggled on defense, allowing 4.0 goals per game, ranking ahead of just Pittsburgh and Arizona in that category. And, according to coach Bob Boughner, they've relied too much on trying to make spectacular plays instead of simple ones, leading to a spate of missed opportunities. (More via AP)

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

  • BUFFALO (1-5-2 3P) at BOSTON (3-3-0 6P) 7 p.m.
  • TORONTO (6-1-0 12P) at OTTAWA (3-1-3 9P) 7 p.m.
  • Pittsburgh (5-2-1 11P) at TAMPA BAY (6-1-1 13P) 7 p.m.
  • Idle: DET (9P), MTL (3P)

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