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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 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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