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GameDay Caterwaul: Florida Panthers at Toronto Maple Leafs

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Cats need to catch fire in the Centre of the Hockey Universe

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Florida Panthers Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers (33-31-11 77P) vs Maple Leafs (35-24-15 85P)

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  • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 7ish
  • WHERE: Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON
  • ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, TSN4
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM, 640 WMEN
  • SOCIALS: #FlaPanthers, #MapleLeafs, #FLAvsTOR, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Pension Plan Puppets
  • SB NATION: Game Feature Hub
  • BACK-TO-BACK? (FLA/TOR): Back/None
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 5 of 5 (1-2-1)
  • ALL-TIME vs TOR (RS): 34W-32L-7T 2OTL 4SOL 237GF 228GA
  • ALL-TIME at TOR (RS): 16W-17L-2T 1OTL 2SOL 112GF 115GA
  • LAST FIVE vs TOR (RS): 2-2-1 16GF 17GA
  • LAST MEETING: Host FLA 7 - TOR 2 - (Todd’s Recap) - 03/14/2017
  • NEXT MEETING (RS): 2017-18 season
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Reimer (16-15-5 2.58 /.917 1SO) vs McElhinney (6-6-2 2.61/.921 1SO)
  • TALE OF THE TAPE via Left Wing Lock
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Toronto

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Scouting Report: The Toronto Maple Leafs enjoyed smooth sailing in pursuit of a playoff spot -- until Saturday.

That was when the team's No. 1 goaltender, Frederik Andersen, did not appear after the first period of the Leafs' 5-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Andersen is listed as day-to-day with what is being termed an upper-body injury.

Curtis McElhinney, who took over from Andersen on Saturday and allowed three goals on 22 shots, will start Tuesday night when the Maple Leafs play the Florida Panthers at the Air Canada Centre.

The Panthers (33-31-11) are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night. It was the first loss in three games for Florida, which is 4-11-1 in the past 16 games.

The Panthers, who defeated the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 7-0 on Saturday, on Tuesday will play the second game of four in a row on the road. (More via AP)

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Last action from the Cats: Lackluster 4-2 loss in Buffalo Monday. Past five: 2-3-0 (streak: 1L)

Last action from the Leafs: 5-2 loss at Buffalo Saturday. Past five: 3-1-1 (streak: 1L)

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

  • Nashville (39-25-11 89P) at BOSTON (39-30-6 84P), 7:00
  • OTTAWA (41-25-8 90P) at Philadelphia (35-32-8 78P), 7:00
  • DETROIT (31-32-12 74P) at Carolina (33-27-14 80P), 7:00
  • BUFFALO (32-32-12 76P) at Columbus (48-19-7 103P), 7:00
  • Dallas (31-33-11 73P) at MONTREAL (42-24-9 93P), 7:30
  • IDLE: TB (83P)

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