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Dave Strader's Playoff Blog for April 24th

Monday, 04.24.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Dave Strader\'s Playoff Blog for April 24th

Hello Panthers fans! Let me begin my first Stanley Cup playoff blog by thanking all of you who watched the Panthers on FSN this season. I know you'll all agree that the second half run by the Panthers re-energized South Florida and gave us all a good feeling heading into next season!

Although the Panthers missed the playoffs this season, I am fortunate to have been hired by NBC and OLN to cover the first two rounds of the playoffs. I will then move on to NHL Radio for the conference finals (probably in the West) and wrap it all up with the international telecasts of the Stanley Cup finals. By the way, Denis Potvin will be busy during these playoffs as well. Anyone with XM satellite radio can catch Denis Monday through Friday on the XM hockey channel!

For those of you who think that life on the road is glamorous, let me share my itinerary over the past six days since Denis and I signed off the air last Tuesday following the Cats 2-1 OT win over the Thrashers. I was in my car by 10:15pm and headed to my home in upstate NY. (Once the Panthers were eliminated from playoff contention, I had made plans to get back to my family as soon as possible.) I drove as far as Jacksonville after the game. Six hours later, I was on the road again and made it just north of Wilmington, Delaware for another six hour nap. On Thursday, I arrived home around 2:30pm, attended my son's lacrosse game, had a home cooked meal, and I was picked up at 8:30am on Friday for my trip to Dallas...playoff assignment #1!

The atmosphere inside American Airlines Center made me realize why I love this job(even with the travel...and there's more to come on that). The place was sold out and rocking. We were in the low broadcast position (instead of the normal press box above the nose bleed seats) right behind the last row of the lower bowl. My partner, Brian Hayward, and I could feel the energy in the building right from our on camera open. Our second analyst, Peter McNab, was our "Man Inside the Glass", positioned right between the benches. If you haven't checked out an NBC telecast yet, make it a point to watch next Saturday at 3:00pm or Sunday at 1:00pm (or set the Tivo!). The Man Inside the Glass is not a "sideline reporter", but someone who participates throughout the telecasts (NBC is taking a page from their NASCAR coverage).

After the game, a surprise 5-2 win for the visiting Avalanche, it was in a car and off to the airport to catch a 6:30pm flight to Toronto. I had to connect there to a midnight flight to Ottawa for Sunday's OLN coverage of Tampa Bay at Ottawa. Despite some weather issues, I made it to Ottawa about 1:00am....but my luggage didn't!!

Today I will travel to Tampa for games 3 and 4 of that series for OLN (Tuesday and Thursday) and then it's back to NBC for a Saturday game in Detroit (Gm 5: Wings-Oilers) and then Sunday back in Dallas (Gm 5: Stars-Avs).

I'll be back at the end of the week with another playoff update!!

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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