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Time To 'Believe' For Panthers Fans

Wednesday, 01.24.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Time To \'Believe\' For Panthers Fans

Fans are asked to come to the BankAtlantic Center and support their Cats down the stretch

SUNRISE, Fla. - With a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals in their final game before the All-Star break, the Florida Panthers currently sit just four points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, going 8-4-4 in games played since mid-December.

As the Panthers approach their final third of the regular season, the organization has delivered a rallying cry to fans and are asking them to 'Believe' in their Panthers and support them down the stretch by cheering them on at the BankAtlantic Center where great crowds have led to a 12-9-3 home record. The 'Believe' campaign is intended to galvanize the Panthers fan base, but also to support the team as they look to continue to climb in the standings. 'Believe' will begin to appear in the team's newspaper, radio and TV advertising, game presentation and the club's other various mediums.

"We are asking every single Panthers fan, as well as South Florida sports fans, to believe that this team will make progress over our remaining games, be successful and play hard very night from now until the last game is played,"Chief Operating Officer Michael Yormark said. "The goal of our franchise is to play to the best of our capabilities every night and to give our fans an incredible entertainment experience every time they come to the BankAtlantic Center. We want fans to recognize that there is a bond between them and their team. We believe in our fans and want them to believe in us."

As the Panthers enter the final stretch of the regular season, eight teams (Boston, Florida, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Washington) are separated by eight points or less in the standings. The Panthers have posted a combined record of 8-5-2 against these clubs and will play these teams 13 more times during their final 32 games. Last year, the Cats posted a 15-7-3 record in their final 25 games - following the Olympic Break - earning 33 out of a possible 50 points.

The Panthers roster currently boasts three players who have recorded 30 or more points already this season (Jokinen, Horton, Stumpel), as well as nine players who have tallied 20 or more points this year. Over their last 16 games, the Cats have outscored their opponents 58-48, while out shooting them 570-417 over that same span. The Cats rank in the top half of the league in both power play percentage (8th) and penalty kill percentage (13th) - a major improvement over last season.

Panthers C Olli Jokinen places among the NHL's top 20 scoring leaders with 52 points (22-30-52), while D Jay Bouwmeester places among the NHL's top 25 defensive scoring leaders with 26 points (8-18-26). Panthers G Ed Belfour has posted a 7-1-3 mark in his last 11 games, while both C Nathan Horton (15-23-38) and C Stephen Weiss (11-15-26)
are on pace to post career best seasons.

After the All-Star break the Panthers return to action on Saturday, Jan. 27 when they take on the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m at the BankAtlantic Center. After a brief one game road trip to Pittsburgh on Jan. 30, the club returns to South Florida for a pair of games versus Washington (Feb. 1) and Los Angeles (Feb. 3). Great tickets are still available for the remainder of all Panthers home games by calling (954) 835-PUCK.

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STANDINGS

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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