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Panthers Radio Broadcast Duo Breaks Down the Finals

Friday, 05.19.2006 / 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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
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13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 72 13 34 8 47
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 74 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 70 13 26 -3 39
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 74 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 65 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 64 14 17 -2 31
B. Campbell 75 3 21 2 24
B. Pirri 42 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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