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Good Morning Miami, Again ... Still in the Hunt ... Scoreboard Watch with Standings

Front Big news around the Panthers this morning is that after the Miami-Dade commission voted to approve a new ballpark for the Marlins on the hallowed site of the Orange Bowl, they also offered to build the Panthers a new arena nearby.

The Panthers were apparently shocked by the commission's generosity, but said they didn't want to be called the Miami Panthers and politely declined the offer.

-- Big loss for the Cats last night at the Billboard, but hey, it could have been worse. The offense is still sputtering, and it took a 5-on-3 chance for the Panthers to get the tying goal and at least salvage a point out of it.

Going to be a tough roadie, as the Panthers rarely do anything good in Buffalo, and having to play the Sabres and Flyers on successive nights is downright brutal. Who knows what will happen in Dallas on Saturday.

Panthers can only hope Montreal continues to ''stink on ice.'' Florida isn't exactly lighting it up, losing six of the past seven. Playoff push?

-- Monday's Game (and how it affected the Panthers): Florida loses 3-2 in overtime to the Hurricanes. Has same amount of points as No. 8 Canadiens but one fewer game.

-- Tuesday's Games (and who the Panthers would be rooting for if they weren't so busy looking for something to do in downtown Buffalo. And good luck with that.)

Wild @ Rangers, 7: Realistically, there are only a handful of teams the Panthers could catch in the east. The Rangers are one of them.

Thrashers @ Canadiens, 7:30: Montreal has lost five straight and if that streak hits six against a team from Georgia, the locals may riot. Florida is hoping no one gets hurt. 

--The Standings (presented by Tim Hortons, the Century Grill in Buffalo, Duffy's in Amherst and courtesy of TSN.ca/nhl)

RankTeamGPWLOTPTSGFGAHomeAwayLast 10Streak
1y-Boston7346171010224317125-6-621-11-44-5-1Won 1
2New Jersey73472339722518126-10-121-13-26-4-0Lost 2
3Washington74452369623821626-9-219-14-45-4-1Lost 1
4Philadelphia724022109023320622-10-418-12-66-4-0Won 3
5Carolina75402878721621222-13-118-15-67-1-2Won 4
6Pittsburgh74392788623322221-13-318-14-57-1-2Lost 1
7NY Rangers73382788418719822-11-416-16-47-3-0Lost 1
8Montreal72362798121422021-8-615-19-33-5-2Lost 5
9Florida733527118120020619-11-716-16-43-4-3Lost 2
10Buffalo72343087621220820-13-314-17-53-6-1Lost 4
11Ottawa723230107419320720-12-612-18-49-1-0Won 5
12Toronto733030137321925713-13-917-17-45-4-1Won 1
13Atlanta73303766622324914-19-216-18-47-3-0Won 1
14Tampa Bay722333166218924011-15-1112-18-53-3-4Lost 3
15NY Islanders72244085618223416-14-58-26-35-4-1Lost 2


RankTeamGPWLOTPTSGFGAHomeAwayLast 10Streak
1y-San Jose7248141010623317630-3-418-11-66-3-1Won 3
2x-Detroit734816910527321726-5-422-11-57-2-1Lost 1
3Calgary72422469023822124-9-418-15-25-5-0Won 1
4Chicago713822118723319119-8-719-14-43-5-2Won 1
5Vancouver71382498521419622-11-416-13-57-2-1Lost 1
6Columbus72382868220120023-11-215-17-47-3-0Won 2
7Edmonton72352897920721916-12-619-16-34-2-4Lost 1
8Nashville72353077718419921-12-314-18-45-2-3Lost 2
9Anaheim72353167620320818-16-317-15-35-4-1Won 3
10Minnesota72343087618317820-11-614-19-24-3-3Won 1
11St. Louis72333097519921219-13-514-17-45-4-1Won 1
12Dallas72333187420422219-13-414-18-44-5-1Lost 3
13Los Angeles723032107018721316-14-814-18-24-5-1Lost 2
14Phoenix73303676718122519-14-311-22-43-5-2Lost 1
15Colorado73314026418923218-17-013-23-23-6-1Lost 4


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Montreal's schedule is very favorable, and they are due to break out of their funk...As of now, it appears our best chance would be to have the Rangers collapse. They have a much tougher schedule, and Rozival's injury won't help...

Either way, the Cats schedule is tough, and they probably only get in if one of those 2 tanks... Regardless, they have their own issues. They've pretty much lost all of their momentum and confidence...They were lucky to get a 5 on 3, and basically the only way they salvaged a point there. I think PDB has done a tremendous job with very AVERAGE talent. Yes there are a few things he can be questioned on, but so can anyone...

Personally, I think Tarnasky should play every night. They need that energy, and he can draw penalties and the other lines should be more inspired by watching him out there...At this time, they'll be VERY lucky to even have a chance to make it--too many must-win games...I thought JM has made some sound moves, but I think he has to be the fall guy for this team's collapse. I truly thought he would've made something happen with J-BO. He got lucky enough to hold him for so long. He tried to have this team back its way into the playoffs. He had his opportunity, so I think his fate should be on the line if they don't make it. Not taking a chance and hoping the offense would hold up....not getting any assets for J-BO(except maybe now conditional picks before July 1st)---Big Gamble from a conservative guy....He will have to be held accountable!!

If they're really looking for something to do in downtown Buffalo, my brother could show them around. But, then, playing with hangovers might not be for the best if they want to win. On the other hand, the way they've been playing, perhaps it wouldn't hurt.

Last night when someone ask the PDB do u have a answer for y the team isnt scoring goals he sed do u have an answer for us? I think if THEY dont make the playoffs its going to be JM fault for not bring in a top scorer for J-BO to help us to the playoffs and when we lose J-BO at the end of the season and get nothing for him hes goin to go down as the guy that got nothing for one of the best D-MAN in the leauge. NICE JOB JM!!!

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