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Coast to Coast: A Southeast Toast

Saturday, 05.5.2007 / 12:15 AM ET / News
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Coast to Coast: A Southeast Toast
by Randy Moller

Panthers fans are familiar with the opposing teams in the Southeast Division, primarily because the new NHL has made it a priority for teams to develop rivalries through 32 interdivisional games each year. That said, this year will mark the first time in three years that the Stanley Cup will be awarded to someone outside the Southeast Division.

While the scheduling of division opponents goes a long way in building up rivalries, Panthers fans are treated to some of the best competition and players in all the NHL as well. Here in Sunrise, 41 nights out of the year, fans can see arguably the scariest young team in hockey. You have Olli Jokinen, Jay Bouwmeester, Nathan Horton and Stephen Weiss. The latter three all had breakout years, setting career highs in each major statistical category. Bouwmeester led the team in time on ice and a plus/minus rating of plus-23. Captain Olli proved to be the Panthers most consistent load carrier and hasn’t missed action in over 294 consecutive games.

Outside of Sunrise, you have your Kovalchuk’s, Ovechkin’s and Semin’s, even a Lecavalier and St. Louis. The division is jam-packed with talent. The Panthers proved they can hold their own in the division, especially against Carolina, Tampa Bay and Washington. In fact, the Panthers put up a franchise best 54 shots on goal when they hosted Washington in February. All in all, the Cats had an easy go of Washington, finishing the season series with a 6-2 mark. Carolina was more of the same, as well as Tampa Bay, who the Panthers beat 7-2 in the second to last game of the season.

But those other 41 games in a hockey season, the fans were limited to watching their Panthers on FSN or listening to Goldie and me on the radio. Here I’ve filled you in on some of the NHL’s best cities, but the Southeast is fast becoming a hockey hotbed, and in true ‘Tales from the Road’ fashion here’s a toast to the cities that house the game we all love just around the corner.

To read this article in its entirety, pick up the May issue of Panthers Insider, on newsstands now, or call 954-835-PUCK for subscription information.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
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 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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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