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Five up on the road, three down in Sunrise: latest homestand concludes with visit from the Canes

NHL: Florida Panthers at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Hurricanes (25-25-8 58P) at Panthers (28-23-10 66P)

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  • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 7ish
  • WHERE: BB&T Center - Miami Ft. Lauderdale Sunrise, FL
  • TICKETS: via the Club
  • ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Carolinas
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM, 640 WMEN
  • GOODIES: Celebrate Fat Tuesday tonight vs Carolina! NHL Centennial Fan Arena March 2-4 (with watch party vs Philadelphia)! Panther Conservation Night March 10 vs Minnesota!
  • SOCIALS: #FlaPanthers, #NHLCanes, #CARvsFLA, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Canes Country (one of our favorite sister sites since Day One; these guys and gals do it right)
  • SB NATION: Game Feature Hub
  • BACK-TO-BACK? (FLA/CAR): None/Front
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 2 of 3 (0-1-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs CAR/HFD (RS): 47W-44L-11T 9OTL 2SOL 315GF 302GA (yes, these numbers are correct!)
  • ALL-TIME at FLA (RS): 29W-11L-8T 6OTL 2SOL 175GF 128GA
  • LAST FIVE vs CAR (RS): 4-1-0 19GF 7GA (again, these numbers are correct)
  • LAST MEETING: Host CAR 3 - FLA 2 (REG - aka coach Gerard Gallant’s final game; Todd’s Recap) - 11/27/2016
  • NEXT MEETING (RS): Tuesday 03/21/17 at Sunrise
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Reimer (12-8-4 .919/2.46 0SO) vs Ward (21-19-7 .904/2.66 2SO)
  • TALE OF THE TAPE via Left Wing Lock
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs CAR/HFD (RS): 87GP 38G-80A 118P +28 7GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Carolina

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Scouting Report:

The Florida Panthers continue to make very little sense.

They won the 2016 Atlantic Division title -- against long odds -- and then proceeded to change just about everything, from their uniforms to many of their players before finally firing coach Gerard Gallant.

Then, earlier this month, they finally seemed to have turned a corner, producing the first 5-0-0 road trip in franchise history ... only to lose on Sunday night, marking four consecutive home defeats.

Worse yet, their starting goalie, Roberto Luongo, has lost confidence. And interim coach Tom Rowe apparently has lost confidence in Luongo as well, starting him just twice in the past six games.

Perhaps Luongo will get the start on Tuesday night when the Panthers (28-23-10) play host to the Carolina Hurricanes, who are in last place in the Eastern Conference. (More via AP)

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Last action from the Cats: 2-1 (REG) loss vs Ottawa Sunday in Sunrise. Past five: 2-3-0 (streak: 3L)

Last action from the Whale Canes (hey, it’s me): 3-1 loss against visiting Calgary on Sunday. Past five: 1-3-1 (streak: 1L)

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

  • Nashville (31-22-9 71P) at BUFFALO (26-26-10 62P), 7:00
  • Arizona (22-32-7 51P) at BOSTON (32-24-6 70P), 7:00
  • Columbus (39-16-5 83P) at MONTREAL (33-21-8 74P), 7:30
  • DETROIT (24-26-10 58P) at Vancouver (26-29-6 58P), 10:00
  • TORONTO (28-20-13 69P) at San Jose (36-18-7 79P), 10:30
  • Idle: TB (62P), BUF (62P)

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