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Time To 'Believe' For Panthers Fans

Wednesday, 01.24.2007 / 12:00 AM / 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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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