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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 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 65 22 17 -8 39
J. Huberdeau 62 10 28 2 38
J. Jokinen 64 6 29 0 35
A. Ekblad 65 11 23 7 34
B. Boyes 63 11 21 9 32
J. Jagr 60 12 19 -10 31
J. Hayes 56 17 12 -5 29
B. Campbell 65 3 20 1 23
A. Barkov 54 10 12 -7 22
D. Kulikov 56 3 15 -5 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .921 2.37
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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