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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 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 64 22 16 -9 38
J. Huberdeau 61 9 28 3 37
A. Ekblad 64 11 23 7 34
J. Jokinen 63 6 28 -1 34
B. Boyes 62 11 21 8 32
J. Jagr 60 12 19 -10 31
J. Hayes 55 17 12 -4 29
B. Campbell 64 3 20 2 23
A. Barkov 53 10 12 -5 22
V. Trocheck 34 5 11 8 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .921 2.37
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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