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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

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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