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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 MTL 74 46 20 8 195 162 100
2 NYR 72 46 19 7 219 167 99
3 TBL 74 46 21 7 242 191 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 72 39 21 12 208 195 90
7 WSH 73 39 24 10 212 180 88
8 OTT 72 37 24 11 212 190 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 73 33 26 14 180 201 80
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 73 31 31 11 164 186 73
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 74 27 41 6 193 237 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 70 12 32 5 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 72 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 68 13 24 -6 37
B. Boyes 71 12 23 9 35
A. Ekblad 72 11 24 8 35
J. Hayes 63 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 62 12 15 -4 27
B. Campbell 73 3 20 -1 23
B. Pirri 40 18 2 4 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 17 11 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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