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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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