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GameDay Caterwaul: Calgary Flames at Florida Panthers

Cats kept it close against Edmonton but no points for the home squad Wednesday as five-game win streak gets a reset

NHL: Florida Panthers at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Flames (31-26-4 66P) at Panthers (28-21-10 66P)


  • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 7ish
  • WHERE: BB&T Center - Miami Ft. Lauderdale Sunrise, FL
  • ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, Sportsnet West
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM, 640 WMEN
  • GOODIES: FOX Sports Florida’s Inside The Panthers: The Unsung Hero premieres tonight following the game! Faith and Family/UCF/Hockey ‘n Heels Night Feb 24! NHL Centennial Fan Arena March 2-4 (with watch party vs Philadelphia)! Panther Conservation Night March 10 vs Minnesota!
  • SOCIALS: #FlaPanthers, #NHLFlames, #FLAvsCGY, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Matchsticks & Gasoline
  • SB NATION: Game Feature Hub
  • BACK-TO-BACK? (FLA/CGY): None/Back vs TB
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 2 of 2 (0-1-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs CGY (RS): 11W-12L-3T 2OTL 2SOL 76GF 87GA
  • ALL-TIME at FLA (RS): 5W-6L-2T 1OTL 1SOL 35GF 39GA
  • LAST FIVE vs CGY (RS): 2-3-0 16GF 25GA
  • LAST MEETING: CGY 5 - FLA 2 at the SaddleDome (Todd’s Recap) - 01/17/2017
  • NEXT MEETING (RS): 2017-18 Season
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Luongo (16-14-6 .915/2.69 1SO) vs Johnson (17-13-1 .912/2.55 3SO)
  • TALE OF THE TAPE via Left Wing Lock
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs CGY (RS): 35GP 13G-27A 40P +6 2GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Calgary


Scouting Report:

In terms of geographical proximity, the Flames were in Tampa Bay, where they beat the Lightning 3-2 on Thursday night, and the Panthers were a three-hour cab ride away in Sunrise, preparing to host Calgary on Friday night.

Calgary (31-26-4) got goals from Sean Monahan, Dougie Hamilton and Mikael Backlund on Thursday to improve to 7-2-1 in its past 10 games.

"Sometimes it comes together," Calgary goalie Brian Elliott said after making 23 saves against Tampa Bay. "Guys are clicking a little bit, and it showed tonight."

For the Panthers (28-21-10), gone is their five-game win streak, with all those victories earned on the road. Florida faltered on Wednesday in its return to the BB&T Center, losing 4-3 to the visiting Edmonton Oilers.

Panthers interim coach Tom Rowe said his team gave a good performance despite being tired.

"Four games in six nights, and the effort we got was outstanding," Rowe said of a Panthers team that fell behind Edmonton three times only to battle back for three tie scores before finally allowing the game-winner. (More via AP)


Last action from the Cats: 4-3 (REG) loss vs Edmonton Wednesday in Sunrise. Past five: 4-1-0 (streak: 1L)

Last action from the Flames: 3-2 (REG) victory in Tampa Bay Thursday. Past five: 3-1-1 (streak: 2W)


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

  • OTTAWA (32-20-6 70) at Carolina (24-24-8 54P), 7:30
  • Idle: MON (72P), TOR (68P), BOS (68P), BUF (62P), TB (62P), DET (58P)


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