The Panthers take on division leading Washington tonight in Sunrise. These two teams met just a short week ago in D.C., where the Capitals won 3-1. It's a different story in Florida, however. While Washington sports one of the best home records in the league, 22-4-1, they are just 13-12-4 away from the Phone Booth. Meanwhile, Florida has quietly been making the BAC a tough place to play as well. The Panthers' home record sits at 15-6-5. Not too shabby.
Just in case you want someone other then Alex Ovechkin to watch tonight, Caps' defenseman Mike Green has scored a goal in 8 straight games now, an NHL record for defensemen. Last night, the Caps blasted the Bolts in Tampa, 5-1. Maybe they got all the scoring out of their system last night and we can stop Green's streak tonight.
Standings-wise, this game means plenty for the Panthers, as most games from here on out will. The Cats are currently tied for 7th with the Buffalo Sabres, who take on the Carolina Hurricanes this afternoon. The 'Canes are 3 points behind Florida and Buffalo, so it would be an important 2 points for the Cats to stay ahead of the winner of the Buffalo\Carolina matchup. Just 2 points ahead of the Panthers sit the New York Rangers, who take on the Flyers today. A Rangers loss and a Panthers win and... well you get the picture.
It's the 2nd of 5 straight home games for the Cats tonight. Unfortunately, I, myself, will not be home to take this one in, as I have my own hockey game to attend to. So those of who attending the game or watching from home, give a little extra shout for me. Special afternoon matinee today, puck drops at 5:00.