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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 46 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 46 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 43 9 17 1 26
J. Jokinen 45 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 44 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 0 20
S. Bergenheim 35 8 9 1 17
A. Barkov 35 5 10 -5 15
B. Campbell 46 3 11 -1 14
D. Kulikov 41 1 13 -4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 11 8 .920 2.42
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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