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Panthers: Post Morning Skate

Friday, 10.10.2008 / 1:19 PM / Preview
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Panthers: Post Morning Skate
By Dave Joseph for floridapanthers.com

RALEIGH – The Panthers sailed through their morning skate Friday at the RBC Center in preparation for tonight’s opening-season game against the Hurricanes.

Coach Peter DeBoer said everyone on the trip skated, was healthy, and ready to start the 2008-09 this weekend with tonight’s game in Carolina and Saturday night’s home opener at the BankAtlantic Center.

DeBoer said the healthy scratches for tonight’s game will be Anthony Stewart and Michael Frolik up front and Noah Welch on the blue line. With Welch a healthy scratch, Cory Murphy, who cleared waivers earlier in the week, will be starting.

“I talked to (Murphy),” DeBoer said. “There’s a lot of guys who go through waivers and come back and have great seasons. I think it was important to get him in. He deserves to play tonight. I don’t think (putting him on waivers) was anything against his training camp. It’s part of the business.”

Overall, DeBoer said he’s happy with his blue line and will stick with Jay Bouwmeester starting with Bryan Allen, Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton and Murphy and Bryan McCabe.

DeBoer said All-Star goalie Tomas Vokoun will start both games Friday and Saturday.

“He’s played a lot of games,” DeBoer said of Vokoun. “This isn’t going to be anything new for him. We all know what (backup) Craig (Anderson) is capable of doing and we’re going to definitely utilize him as the schedule gets a little busier.”

The Panthers’ first-year head coach also addressed the decision making behind keeping Frolik and sending Shawn Matthias to the Panthers’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in Rochester, N.Y.

“(Matthias) had a real good training camp,” he said. “Obviously, the 23 number up here plays a role. You have to get down to that roster (number) before the season starts. I told (Matthias) in our exit meeting I thought he did everything he could in training camp to make the team. But he has to go down, and when we call him, when we get an injury, he has to make sure the reports are that he is a dominate player and doesn’t belong in the American League but the NHL. He has a bright future. I’m impressed with him.”

“Really, it was a pick ‘em situation. I could have flipped a coin. I think (Matthias and Frolik) both handled themselves exceptionally well. I think we had a few more questionable injuries on the wing than center and I think Frolik can fill out the wing a little easier than Shawn can.”

DeBoer said he doesn’t mind opening the season with games on consecutive nights.

“My history, my experience, with opening nights is you don’t know what to expect,” he said. “You get some nervous energy. I think (assistant coach) Jimmy Hulton said it best on the ice: ‘We could be Calgary or we could be Vancouver tonight.’ I think it was 6-0 last night for Vancouver.

“So it will be good to jump right back into another game tomorrow night, get the first one past everybody.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 61 21 15 -9 36
J. Huberdeau 58 9 24 4 33
A. Ekblad 61 9 23 6 32
J. Jokinen 60 6 25 -3 31
B. Boyes 59 10 18 6 28
J. Hayes 52 17 10 -5 27
A. Barkov 50 9 12 -4 21
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
B. Campbell 61 3 17 1 20
D. Bolland 37 3 13 2 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 22 16 11 .921 2.38
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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