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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 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 74 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 76 8 33 -4 41
B. Boyes 74 13 23 10 36
A. Ekblad 76 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 67 18 14 -6 32
A. Barkov 66 14 17 -3 31
B. Campbell 77 3 23 2 26
B. Pirri 44 21 2 6 23
D. Bolland 48 5 16 1 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 18 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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