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Good Morning Miami II ... Lazy Sunday with Scoreboard Watch, Standings

Airplane Nothing witty nor all that interesting to give you this morning, but as I sit in Terminal 3 in Fort Lauderdale (or is it Dania Beach?), I need something to do to keep my eyes open.

Daylight Saving Time? Really? Today?

Anyway, nice win by the Florida Panthers last night, David Booth getting a trio of goals and Tomas Vokoun getting the win in his 500th NHL game. Talked to Tomas about the milestone and will have some more stuff on that later. Probably after I get some sleep.

Panthers storm into fifth place in the east, but everyone knows that spot in the standings probably won't last all that long, Things are just to close.

-- Got to dig the toughness of hockey players, no? Bryan McCabe's mug was tore up last night thanks to a puck that hit him in the face and broke his schnozz. How many shifts you think McCabe missed after getting some stitches. I don't know the answer, but it wasn't many. McCabe looked like Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler last night.

Trivia Time: David Booth became the fourth Panther to get two hat tricks in one season. Who are the other three? Submit your answers below -- Saturday's Scores (and how they affected the Panthers): The Panthers sure helped out their own lot by beating the hard-charging Blues. Carolina did the Panthers no favor, beating the Bucs 9-3 in a defensive struggle. Who wants to watch a game with four field goals?

-- Sunday's Games (and who the Panthers would be rooting for if they weren't at Sunday brunch swigging mamosas and stuffing turkey sausage into their waffles)

Bruins @ Rangers, 12:30 NBC: This is a pretty good matchup and should be interesting to watch. That said, the Panthers will be cheering on the Bruins.

Pens @ Caps 3: Washington is struggling lately and can't seem to get its offense in gear. Pittsburgh wants to get back into the Elite Eight.

Canadiens @ Dallas, 6: Canadiens are slumping, but the Stars aren't exciting lighting things up.

The Standings (presented by US Airways and courtesy of TSN.ca)

Eastern

RankTeamGPWLOTPTSGFGAHomeAwayLast 10Streak
1Boston66431499522315122-6-521-8-44-4-2Won 1
2New Jersey65422038720216222-10-120-10-27-3-0Lost 1
3Washington66402158521619525-9-115-12-45-5-0Lost 3
4Philadelphia643519108020718619-9-416-10-66-3-1Won 1
5Florida66342487618718518-9-516-15-36-4-0Won 1
6Montreal65342477519519620-6-414-18-35-4-1Lost 2
7Carolina67352757518919218-13-117-14-47-3-0Won 3
8NY Rangers65332487416317719-10-414-14-43-4-3Won 2
 
9Pittsburgh66342667420219817-12-217-14-47-2-1Won 5
10Buffalo66332677319518319-12-214-14-54-5-1Lost 1
11Toronto662627136519623511-12-915-15-45-2-3Lost 1
12Ottawa642529106016518715-12-610-17-44-4-2Won 2
13Tampa Bay662132135517122011-14-910-18-42-6-2Lost 3
14Atlanta65243565419322512-18-212-17-45-4-1Won 1
15NY Islanders65213774916321315-14-56-23-25-4-1Won 1
 

Western

RankTeamGPWLOTPTSGFGAHomeAwayLast 10Streak
1San Jose644212109421015926-3-416-9-65-4-1Lost 4
2Detroit66431589424419724-5-319-10-56-3-1Lost 1
3Calgary65392068421319322-8-417-12-27-2-1Lost 1
4Chicago63361898121116217-5-619-13-36-3-1Lost 1
5Vancouver64342287619317818-11-416-11-48-2-0Won 4
6Columbus66332767218318620-10-213-17-45-4-1Won 1
7Edmonton65322767018419915-12-417-15-24-4-2Won 1
8Dallas65312687019019917-12-414-14-44-5-1Won 1
 
9Nashville66332947017018321-11-212-18-26-3-1Lost 1
10Anaheim66312966818419415-14-316-15-34-5-1Lost 2
11Minnesota64312856716415518-11-513-17-03-5-2Lost 1
12St. Louis65292886618019416-12-513-16-36-3-1Lost 1
13Los Angeles65282896517319115-13-813-15-14-6-0Won 2
14Phoenix65283256116219917-13-211-19-33-7-0Lost 1
15Colorado65283615717320717-15-011-21-13-7-0Lost 6

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Florida Panthers players (other than David Booth) to record two+ hat tricks in a season:

Olli Jokinen (2006-2007)

Pavel Bure (1999-2000, 2000-2001)

Ray Sheppard (1996-1997)

Took some brainpower to get Olli and Pavel and a ton of research to get Sheppard.

Shot in the dark on this: Olli Jokinen, Pavel Bure, and Scott Mellanby?

I'm thinking Ray Whitney would be a possibility, too - and the long shot would be Ray Sheppard. But I'll stick with my first three anyway.

Jokinen, Bure ( Pavel ) , Ray Sheppard

The Panther's focus should be on catching Washington in the Southeast. Know it's a long-shot, but the Caps have little defense and poor goaltending, which the Penguins are showing today. They'll be a quick out in the playoffs because defense means everything once you're in. Go get 'em CATS!!

The only team I really worry about is New Jersey. Martin Brodeur always kicks our butt!

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