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Panthers Playoff Push Continues

Thursday, 03.23.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Panthers Playoff Push Continues

There's never been a better time to come out to a Florida Panthers game at the BankAtlantic Center. Heading into tonight's clash with the Atlantic Division-leading New York Rangers, the Cats have won seven of their last eight games and sit just five points behind Atlanta for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

"There is a lot of excitement around here because every game is important for us," Captain Olli Jokinen said. "Our goal is to make the playoffs and to do that we have to keep winning hockey games. The fans have really helped us build some momentum at home and a big crowd is going to be important tonight."

Fans interested in attending the biggest game of the season should buy tickets now as less than 1,000 seats remain available. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone (954-523-3309 in Broward County, 305-358-5885 in Dade County and 561-966-3309 in Palm Beach County), at www.ticketmaster.com and the BankAtlantic Center box office or by calling 954-835-PUCK.

The buzz around the franchise is palpable. Thursday's Sun-Sentinel headline read "Push for playoffs rolls on," and the Miami Herald quoted Cats veteran Gary Roberts as saying, "I like the way our guys compete, and we're going to make this thing interesting."

The Cats have been one of the hottest teams in the National Hockey League over the last two weeks, winning four straight games and cutting the playoff deficit from 12 to five points. The Panthers are especially tough to beat at the BankAtlantic Center, where they are 21-9-4, and 6-1-0 in their last seven home games.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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