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The Center Of Success

Monday, 11.18.2013 / 8:00 PM ET
By Randy Moller - FloridaPanthers.com / From The Booth
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The Center Of Success

As I broadcast the Panthers' Western Conference road games, the Cats continue to make strides and improve their overall game. One aspect is the importance of puck poccession and the role of "big center men" in the team's success.

Consistently top NHL teams have three key ingredients:

1) Solid goaltending
2) A puck moving, minute gobbling defenseman
3) Minimum two big centermen

Big centermen control the puck in the offensive zone and ultimately control the game.

In the past, Panthers have struggled with the likes of Jason Spezza (Ottawa), Eric Staal (Carolina), and Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh) for example. Throw in some dominant Western Conference "puck hogs" like Jonathan Towes (Chicago), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim) and Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles) and you get the idea; big up the middle and you win championships.

Right now the Panthers are creating their own "pillars of puck control". Watch the emergence of the Cat's Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, newly acquired six foot, six inch Jimmy Hayes and Shawn Matthias. Along with Drew Shore and Quinton Howden who are gaining strength and experience down in San Antonio, the Panthers should be solid up front, especially in "the middle" for many years.

Just more pieces to the Stanley Cup puzzle. The parts are there folks, enjoy watching them develop.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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