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Cats nine points out of a playoff spot

Calgary Flames v Florida Panthers Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images

We are now two days away from the Florida Panthers taking the ice at the BB&T Center on Friday against Gerard Gallant and the Vegas Golden Knights.

A mixed bag of scoreboard watching last night as the Panthers went from eight points from the second wild card spot to nine as the New York Rangers whipped the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 to jump the idle Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders, who were beaten 4-1 by the New Jersey Devils.

The Rangers and Penguins each have 51 points with the Rangers having played one less game. Florida has three games in hand on Pittsburgh, so they could close the gap if they can come back from their break and build a winning streak.

Back to Vegas, the Golden Knights dropped a tough 1-0 decision to the Predators in Nashville last night. The Knights will come to Sunrise after taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.