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

Thursday, 04.13.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 46 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 46 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 43 9 17 1 26
J. Jokinen 45 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 44 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 35 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 35 5 10 -5 15
B. Campbell 46 3 11 -1 14
D. Kulikov 41 1 13 -3 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 11 8 .920 2.42
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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