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LBC GameDay Caterwaul: Anaheim Ducks at Florida Panthers

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Cats gunning for first three-game winning streak before long layoff

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Florida Panthers Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Ducks (28-15-9 65P) vs Panthers (22-19-10 54P)

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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, PRIME
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM, 640 WMEN
  • TICKETS: Single Game via the Club
  • GOODIES: Pro Wrestling Night & Miami Marlins Night (yes, both) on February 9 vs Los Angeles! Bokamper’s Watch Party February 11 at Nashville! Valentine’s Day Package!
  • SOCIALS: #FlaPanthers, #NHLDucks, #ANAvsFLA, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Anaheim Calling, Battle of California
  • SB NATION: Game Feature Hub
  • BACK-TO-BACK? (FLA/ANA): None/Front
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 1 of 2 (0-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs ANA (RS): 13W-11L-3T 1OTL 1SOL 83GF 79GA
  • ALL-TIME at FLA: 6W-6L-2T 0OTL 0SOL 37GF 34GA
  • LAST FIVE vs ANA (RS): 2-2-1 17GF 16GA
  • LAST MEETING: ANA 3, FLA 1 at Sunrise (Todd’s Recap) - 11/19/2015
  • NEXT MEETING (RS): Friday, February 17 at Anaheim
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Reimer (8-6-4 .916/2.58 0SO) vs Gibson (20-11-8 .920/2.28 3SO)
  • TALE OF THE TAPE via Left Wing Lock
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs ANA (RS): 26GP 16G-16A 32P +0 4GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Anaheim

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Scouting Report:

''Every day, we just say every single point is life or death,'' [Panthers interim coach Tom] Rowe said.

That might sound somewhat overstated, especially since Florida - which has picked up five points in its last three games, matching the team's best stretch of 2016-17 - entered Wednesday only two points out of the last wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. But in a season where injuries and slumps have been far more prevalent than wins, the Panthers know it's time to make a move.

“The amount of games that we have left and the position that we're in, we don't have very much room for many more losses,'' defenseman Mike Matheson said. (More from AP/Yahoo! Sports)

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Last action from the Cats: 6-5 (REG) victory over Ottawa in Sunrise Tuesday. Past five: 2-1-2 (streak: 2W)

Last action from the Ducks: 5-1 home win over Colorado Tuesday. Past five: 3-2-0 (streak: 1W)

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

  • NY Islanders (22-17-9 53P) at DETROIT (20-21-9 49P), 7:30 NHLN
  • Idle: MON (67P), OTT (60P), BOS (58P), TOR (55P), TB (50P), BUF (50P)

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