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Martin Breaks Down Cats Preseason Road Trip

Tuesday, 09.26.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Martin Breaks Down Cats Preseason Road Trip

After 10-days on the road logging nearly 10,000 miles, it is great to get back to South Florida. Our trip provided an excellent opportunity for our team to get to know one another a little better. This was particularly important as we acquired several new players this off-season who were meeting one another for the first time.

Due to the extensive travel during the first couple of weeks of camp, it was necessary for us to travel with 41 players, who were split into two teams. The teams were created with a blend of both our young and more experienced players playing each night.

I have always been a firm believer that the pre-season is a time that is best suited for evaluating our player's talents and abilities. While we would have liked to have pull out a couple of more wins last week, it is important to note that camp has been very fruitful in helping us to establish where many of our players were in their evaluation process. I think it is pertinent for our fans to take a closer look at each of our games, to see just how well many of our players performed and why we should be encouraged about the upcoming season.

For instance, in our first game in Calgary G Jean-Marc Pelletier played fantastic stopping all 11 shots that he faced, while both C Greg Jacina and RW Anthony Stewart played nearly ten minutes with each player recording four shots on goal. The following night in Edmonton our goaltenders played exceptional with Alex Auld and Craig Anderson combining for 26 saves. In addition, young defenseman Martin Lojek recorded his first National Hockey League goal on a great shot from the point.

On Wednesday in Atlanta, RW Nathan Horton recorded a goal and an assist, while Pelletier was again solid in net stopping ten out of 11 shots that he faced. The next evening in Chicago we received great production from our young forwards with both LW Rostislav Olesz and rookie forward David Booth scoring goals. Booth played perhaps one of his best games of the preseason logged just over 13 minutes of ice-time with three shots on goal and a +1 rating.

On Saturday in Puerto Rico, I was very pleased with the way our team played against a NY Rangers squad that was loaded with talent. Newly acquired D Ari Vallin had a very strong game, including tallying his first NHL goal, along with ringing a shot off the cross bar late in the second period. In our last preseason road game in Detroit on Sunday night, I was very encouraged by the play C Janis Sprukts. He scored the first goal of the game, recorded three shots on goal and won six out of seven face-offs. RW Rob Globke and Booth both also had productive games leading the team with four shots on goal and a + 1 rating.

After taking Monday off our team was back on the ice today at the BankAtlantic Center for practice. On Wednesday and Thursday we play in our final preseason games as we near the start of the regular season. In our two games this week, I will begin to put together some line combinations that will be used during the regular season. Both games will highlight the talented team that we have assembled during the off-season.

I look forward to seeing everyone at our games this week and our regular season opener on Oct. 6 versus the Boston Bruins.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 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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