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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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
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 50 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 53 10 27 9 37
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 53 10 25 11 35
V. Trocheck 53 17 16 3 33
R. Smith 53 16 15 10 31
B. Pirri 49 10 13 -5 23
A. Ekblad 49 10 12 20 22
B. Campbell 53 4 16 16 20
N. Bjugstad 38 9 8 -4 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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