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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 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 51 17 21 14 38
J. Jokinen 54 11 27 12 38
J. Huberdeau 54 10 28 12 38
V. Trocheck 54 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 54 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 50 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 50 10 13 20 23
B. Campbell 54 5 17 20 22
N. Bjugstad 39 9 10 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .928 2.17
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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