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Panthers Radio Broadcast Duo Breaks Down the Finals

Thursday, 05.18.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Panthers Radio Broadcast Duo Breaks Down the Finals

Cats radio play-by-play announcer Steve "Goldie" Goldstein and analyst Randy "Red Deer" Moller provide their insight on the NHL's Eastern and Western Conference Finals. They make a fantastic tandem in the radio booth, but as you will read, they drastically differ on their Stanley Cup predictions.

Goldie:

East...Carolina in seven...These are two teams that epitomize the new NHL. Fast players, a defense that can move the puck, fantastic special teams and a low payroll! I like the Canes experience with Brind'Amour, Recchi, Weight, Hedican and Whitney. Plus the seventh game will be in Raleigh and the Canes have posted a great mark at home all season long.

West...A surprising match-up as the eighth seed, Edmonton, plays the sixth seed, Anaheim. Both teams have been impressive in the playoffs winning series against teams that most thought they would lose. Edmonton seems to have something magical going winning the last four games against San Jose after falling behind 2-0. I also don't like the long layoff for Anaheim. The Oil will be Canada's pride in the Stanley Cup finals taking out the Ducks in six

Red Deer:

East...Once again, Goldie thinks Carolina will continue their "Magical Ride" in the Eastern Conference Finals with a series win over Buffalo. I predict they will not. Even though the Hurricanes possess speed and skill with the likes of Brind'Amour, Staal and Recchi, they will not be able to match up well with the pressure forecheck of the Sabres. Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff has his Sabres on "High Octane" with four lines that can score and check (just ask the Ottawa Senators) with any team in the NHL. Carolina has home ice advantage, but Buffalo takes the series in six.

West...The eighth seed Edmonton Oilers are coming off a very physical and draining series with their win over the San Jose Sharks. The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are well rested and confident after sweeping Colorado. Anaheim All-Star defenseman Scott Niedermayer is my leader in votes so far for the Conn Smythe Trophy and he will shut down the Oilers defensively. Ducks forwards Teemu Selanne and Joffrey Lupul will continue to spark the offense for Anaheim. Sorry Goldie...Ducks skate to the Stanley Cup finals in seven games.

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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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