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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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