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Finding Something That Works

Wednesday, 01.08.2014 / 5:00 PM
By Glenn Odebralski - FloridaPanthers.com / Panthers Insider
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Finding Something That Works


Panthers interim head coach Peter Horachek put his team through an hour long practice at the Bell Sports Complex on Wednesday before the Cats took to the air to travel to Buffalo for their next game Thursday night.

Following a day off on Tuesday, Horachek was happy with the Cats effort in practice as they look to move past Monday's 2-1 loss to the Canadiens and get back in the win column.

"We had a good talk before the practice and I thought it was pretty good," said Horachek. "You're never going to get a great, great practice when you've been off but they warmed up pretty well and I thought they seemed to have a purpose and a little resolve that they want to be a good team moving forward."

The Killer B line of Sean Bergenheim, young gun rookie Aleksander Barkov and Brad Boyes continued their hot streak of late, combining for the only goal and getting most of the Panthers scoring chances at the Bell Centre but Horachek is hoping the other lines help out.

"In the past and earlier we were getting contributions from all lines and different lines each night," said Horachek. "We're hopefully going to get a little more consistency out of the other lines."

After posting 11 shots in the first two periods, Horachek made a couple of line moves, including moving forward Drew Shore up to Nick Bjugstad's line, and the team responded with 16 shots on Carey Price but couldn't find the equalizer. For Horachek, the tinkering is sometimes necessary but he doesn't like to do it if he doesn't have to.

"You're always trying something," said Horachek. "I'll try different things and different people playing together.

"Right now you don't want to move and change things, or I don't want to move and change things every single game. I want to try and find something that works. Let them work through it, let them talk a little bit…I think that works so we'll just try little things as you call tinkering and we'll see what happens."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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