GameDay Caterwaul: Calgary Flames at Florida Panthers

Cats kept it close against Edmonton but no points for the home squad Wednesday as five-game win streak gets a reset

Flames (31-26-4 66P) at Panthers (28-21-10 66P)



Scouting Report:

In terms of geographical proximity, the Flames were in Tampa Bay, where they beat the Lightning 3-2 on Thursday night, and the Panthers were a three-hour cab ride away in Sunrise, preparing to host Calgary on Friday night.

Calgary (31-26-4) got goals from Sean Monahan, Dougie Hamilton and Mikael Backlund on Thursday to improve to 7-2-1 in its past 10 games.

"Sometimes it comes together," Calgary goalie Brian Elliott said after making 23 saves against Tampa Bay. "Guys are clicking a little bit, and it showed tonight."

For the Panthers (28-21-10), gone is their five-game win streak, with all those victories earned on the road. Florida faltered on Wednesday in its return to the BB&T Center, losing 4-3 to the visiting Edmonton Oilers.

Panthers interim coach Tom Rowe said his team gave a good performance despite being tired.

"Four games in six nights, and the effort we got was outstanding," Rowe said of a Panthers team that fell behind Edmonton three times only to battle back for three tie scores before finally allowing the game-winner. (More via AP)


Last action from the Cats: 4-3 (REG) loss vs Edmonton Wednesday in Sunrise. Past five: 4-1-0 (streak: 1L)

Last action from the Flames: 3-2 (REG) victory in Tampa Bay Thursday. Past five: 3-1-1 (streak: 2W)


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

  • OTTAWA (32-20-6 70) at Carolina (24-24-8 54P), 7:30
  • Idle: MON (72P), TOR (68P), BOS (68P), BUF (62P), TB (62P), DET (58P)/


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