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Goldie's Tips for Tonight's Game

Saturday, 03.11.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Goldie\'s Tips for Tonight\'s Game

Prior to each game, Cats radio play-by-play announcer Steve "Goldie" Goldstein will post his thoughts on what the Panthers need to focus on to defeat the opponent. See below for today's tips on how to beat the Carolina Hurricanes:

Goldie's Tips for Tonight's Game:

Following last night's strong 5-3 win vs. NHL leading Carolina, the Panthers are back at it at home tonight. Olli Jokinen came through with two goals and an assist and was the game's #1 star one day after signing his new four year contract. Florida has scored 11 goals in its past two games in beating arguably the league's two best teams - Ottawa and Carolina. Since December 1st, the Cats are now 12-3-3 at home and if they continue this run will be right in the middle of the playoff race. This team is resiliant and continues t0 play hard every night, a tribute to the leadership of this team and the coaching staff. I expect the same spirited effort tonight. For the first time in the franchise's 13 year history, the Panthers will play back to back home games against the same team.

In order to sweep the Hurricanes, Jokinen and the offense will need to do what they did last night. Keep the pressure on offensively. Florida fired 21 first period shots on goal, scoring twice. Continued production from the blistering top line of Jokinen, Gelinas and Stumpel will be key. The speed of players like Olesz, Gelinas and Kolnik are factors aganist the fast Hurricanes.

The Cats penalty killing was perfect last night, going five for five, including a Carolina 5-on-3. More of the same will be needed tonight. If you win the special teams battle against the Hurricanes, you win the game. Plain and simple.

My big key tonight is toughness. Familiarity breeds contempt and the Panthers and Hurricanes have seen a lot of each other lately. Florida's big guys like Chris Gratton, Olli Jokinen, Steve Montador, Jamie Allison and Nathan Horton need to pound the smaller Hurricanes and make them pay for every inch. Nice job by Horton last night showing emotion and dropping the gloves with Craig Adams. Remember, Carolina is not as desperate as the Panthers and taking the 'Canes will away will lead to a win.

Should be another great night at the rink as the Panthers have played their best hockey of the season the last 2 games. Face-off is 7:30, tickets are still available and Randy Moller and I will call the action on WQAM Radio, 560 AM on the dial. Enjoy the game!!!

Goldie

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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