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Panthers Playoff Push Continues

Thursday, 03.23.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 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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