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Coast to Coast: A Southeast Toast

Saturday, 05.05.2007 / 12:15 AM / 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 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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