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LBC GameDay Caterwaul: Los Angeles Kings at Florida Panthers

Kings (27-23-4 58P) vs Panthers (23-19-10 56P)



Scouting Report:

The Panthers (56 points) are four points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs (60 points) with 30 games to go for each team. The Leafs are in third place in the Atlantic, which is the final guaranteed playoff berth within the division.

Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins are in fourth place with 58 points, but they have played three more games than Florida and Toronto, putting them in a bad spot.

Boston is in so much trouble, in fact, that the Bruins fired coach Claude Julien on Tuesday.

On the West Coast, the Kings (58 points) trail the Calgary Flames (59) by one point for the eighth and final playoff berth. But the good news for Los Angeles is that the Kings have two games in hand on the Flames.

Peter Budaj (25-16-3) has done a solid job replacing Quick as the Kings’ goalie. Budaj has a 2.09 goals-against average. (More from AP/Yahoo! Sports)


Last action from the Cats: 2-1 (REG) home victory vs Anaheim. Past five: 3-1-1 (streak: 3W)

Last action from the Kings: 5-0 loss at Tampa Bay Tuesday. Past five: 3-2-0 (streak: 2L)


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

  • San Jose (33-17-4 71P) at BOSTON (26-23-6 58P), 7:00
  • Anaheim (28-17-10 66P) at BUFFALO (22-21-10 54P), 7:00
  • DETROIT (22-21-10 54P) at Washington (37-11-6 80P), 7:00
  • St. Louis (27-22-5 59P) at TORONTO (25-17-10 60P), 7:30
  • Dallas (21-23-10 52P) at OTTAWA (27-18-6 60P), 7:30
  • MONTREAL (30-17-8 68P) at Arizona (17-28-6 40P), 9:00
  • Idle: TB (24-24-6 54P)/


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