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Goldie's Tips for Tonight's Game vs. the Maple Leafs

Monday, 04.10.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Goldie\'s Tips for Tonight\'s Game vs. the Maple Leafs

Oh, Canada...We are north of the border for the final road trip of the season. The Panthers play here in Toronto tomorrow night and in Ottawa Thursday. Two wins would clinch the first winning season in 6 years. With four games to go, if Florida goes two-and-two they will finish above .500. Impressive when you consider they were nine games under .500 in December. The Cats have shown they will not give in even though there will be no playoff spot for them. Sunday was another home win, 6-3 over Tampa Bay. Florida score a season high five goals in the third period with Juraj Kolnik getting the game winner with 5:05 to go in the game. Kolnik and captain Olli Jokinen each scored twice and had an assist. Jokinen needs one more goal to set set a career high as he now has 36. Jamie McLennan got a rare start and saved 29 of 32 Lightning shots. It was great to see the Panthers' intensity in beating Tampa for the sixth time in eight games this season. In Toronto they will try to get win #1 vs. the Leafs. It won't be easy.

TORONTO SAYS THANKS...Because of the Cats win over Tampa, Toronto is still alive in the playoff race. It's still a longshot for Toronto but that's better than no shot. That said, the Maple Leafs will come out strong and the Panthers must match their desire. Florida has always struggled at the Air Canada Centre and will need a huge effort to succeed here tonight.

ACT LIKE ROADIES...Part of the reason the Panthers will be home for the playoffs is their struggles on the road this season. Florida has been dominant at home but has had a brutal time of it, especially against better teams, away from the BankAtlantic Center. Tonight and Thursday gives the team a chance to end the season on an upswing on the road and it's good to have that going into the off-season. The Cats' brass will analyze everything the team does on the road to try and improve that record next season. Along with getting better on special teams, winning on the road is something that needs to happen in 06-07.

BOUW KNOWS...Panthers defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is one of the team's most improved players from the start of the season until now. He has gotten better defensively and his offensive skills are evident. With an assist in Sunday's win over Tampa, he is up to 40 helpers on the season. Only Robert Svehla's 49 assists tops Bouwmeester's output. The sky is the limit for #4.

The hockey atmosphere in Toronto is fantastic. They sleep, eat and drink the game up here and you can feel the love of the game in the city. Game time is 7:30 so we'll start the radio coverage at 7 on 1360 WKAT AM. The game is on 560 WQAM as soon as the Marlins game ends which should be between 7 and 7:30. It's been a fun season with many ups and downs and with only four games left I look for the Panthers to play hard right down to the wire. Enjoy the game!!!

Goldie

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 49 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 52 10 27 10 37
A. Barkov 42 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 52 10 25 12 35
V. Trocheck 52 17 16 4 33
R. Smith 52 16 15 11 31
B. Pirri 48 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 48 10 12 21 22
B. Campbell 52 4 16 17 20
N. Bjugstad 37 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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