GameDay Caterwaul: Buffalo Sabres at Florida Panthers

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

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
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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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