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Goldie's Tips for Tonight's Game vs. Atlanta

Thursday, 04.13.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Goldie\'s Tips for Tonight\'s Game vs. Atlanta

It's a hockey night in South Florida for the final time this season. The Panthers host Atlanta tonight in the finale at the BankAtlantic Center. The games between these two teams have been great this season and the Panthers should come out smoking trying to end the season with their 37th win. Atlanta lost in Washington last night to end any playoff hopes. The Thrashers must be dejected and will likely have a tough time getting up for this one. Roberto Luongo should be back in goal for Fan Appreciation night. It'll be a great time at the rink for the fans. Tonight means the end of this season but it has me already thinking of 06-07. The Panthers will finish above .500 and have their best season in five years. That sets up well for the future. Let's wrap up this season with some awards...

MVP...Tough choice between Luongo and Olli Jokinen. I'll go with the goalie who played in nearly every game and gave his all every night. Luongo had some huge games this season and many nights was the reason the Panthers had a chance to win. Now, he needs to follow through on his word and sign a fair long term deal this summer!!!

MOST IMPROVED...Easy one for me watching the maturity of Jay Bouwmeester all season. He is so much better in game 82 than in game two. Bouwmeester's offense has been strong the second half of the season and his off ice dedication has improved as well. Next season he should be one of the top 15 defensemen in the NHL.

GAME OF THE YEAR...There were so many great moments, especially at home. I'll go with the 3-2 shootout win over the Rangers. That Friday night game at the BankAtlantic Center should be the way hockey is every game in South Florida . Full house, electricity in the air and a Panther win. Jokinen won the shootout for the Cats that night as they got closer in the playoff race.

Next season will start before you know it and the Cats will have expectaions on them for the first time in a long time. That's a good thing as the bar for this franchise has been raised. Thanks for checking in every game and have fun at the arena tonight!!!

Goldie

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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