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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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