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Closing the home slate on an “interesting” season as tireless on-ice/off-ice veteran forward Shawn Thornton hangs ‘em up

NHL: Florida Panthers at Buffalo Sabres Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Sabres (33-35-12 78P) vs Panthers (33-36-11 77P)

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  • WHEN: 7:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 6:30ish
  • WHERE: BB&T Center - Sunrise, FL
  • ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, MSG Buffalo
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM, 640 WMEN
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  • GOODIES: Fan Appreciation Week rolls on (More)! Hybrid Tailgate gets underway at 4; yes I’ll be there so collect your rotten fruit (More)!
  • ENEMY INTEL: Die By The Blade
  • SB NATION: Game Feature Hub
  • BACK-TO-BACK? (FLA/BUF): Front/Front
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 4 of 4 (1-2-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs BUF (RS): 39W-41L-4T 5OTL 2SOL 226GF 257GA
  • ALL-TIME at FLA (RS): 22W-18L-1T 1OTL 2SOL 120GF 123GA
  • LAST FIVE vs BUF (RS): 3-2-0 18GF 15GA
  • LAST MEETING: BUF 4 at FLA 2 - (Todd’s Recap) - 03/27/2017
  • NEXT MEETING (RS): 2017-18 Season
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Reimer (16-16-5 2.67/.915 1SO) vs Lehner (23-24-8 2.65/.921 2SO)
  • TALE OF THE TAPE via Left Wing Lock
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Buffalo

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  • Scouting Report: The last game of Thornton’s 20-year pro career – the first half spent grinding in the minors before he got to the NHL for good – comes Saturday night, when he and the Florida Panthers play host to the Buffalo Sabres. The Panthers play their season finale Sunday in Washington, and Thornton isn’t making the trip.

He’s going out on his terms, on home ice, with a tall glass of celebratory scotch in his postgame plans.

“A lot of years, a lot of punches in the face, a lot of miles on the bus,” Thornton said. “But then a lot of charter flights, a lot of filets on those charter flights. It’s the best job in the world.”

And now it’s ending. (More via AP)

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Last action from the Cats: St. Louis 6 over Panthers 3 in Sunrise Thursday. Past five: 0-5-0 (streak: 6L)

Last action from the Sabs: 2-1 (REG) home victory over Montreal Wednesday. Past five: 2-3-0 (streak: 1W) Last win? Against Florida on March 27

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