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Converting Chances Into Goals

Wednesday, 10.22.2008 / 12:06 PM ET / Preview
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Converting Chances Into Goals
(AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
By Dave Joseph for floridapanthers.com

OTTAWA – Rostislav Olesz feels he’s close.

The Panther winger has been held without a goal in the first five games of the season, but he feels he’s quite capable of changing that statistic and changing it quick.

“The last five games, I haven’t scored but I’ve had chances,” said Olesz after participating in an optional skate Wednesday morning at Carleton University in preparation for tonight’s game against the Senators.

The line of Olesz, Radek Dvorak and Gregory Campbell has provided quite a bit of energy for the Panthers over the past several games and also quite a few chances. Unfortunately, their play hasn’t shown up just yet on the score sheet.

“I think playing on the line with Radek and (Campbell)…we’ve created a lot of scoring chances but we haven’t finished,” Olesz said. “But we are close. I’m hoping we score tonight. It doesn’t matter who scores, we just want to win this game.”

Olesz spent the preseason and first two games of the season with Nathan Horton and Cory Stillman. Coach Peter DeBoer said he moved Olesz because “we’re trying different things to get things going.”

“It’s not that Rusty was playing poorly,” DeBoer said. “The line just didn’t seem to have any chemistry or didn’t seem to for a couple games there so we made the change. Rusty just has to keep battling.”

NOTES

Craig Anderson in goal tonight for the Panthers. Martin Gerber gets the start for Ottawa… Senators’ coach Craig Hartsburg, upset with the play of his team, is expected to shake up his forward pairings tonight. Jason Spezza is expected to start alongside Nick Foligno and Jesse Winchester while Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley will have Mike Fisher… The Senators are 27th in the league in shots allowed (33.2), the Panthers 22nd (31.2)… DeBoer reiterated Wednesday morning his hope the Panthers will get to the net for rebounds tonight and create more traffic in front of the goal after working on that part of the game Tuesday. “We’ll see if we can transfer it to the game tonight,” he said…

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 51 17 21 14 38
J. Jokinen 54 11 27 12 38
J. Huberdeau 54 10 28 12 38
V. Trocheck 54 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 54 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 50 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 50 10 13 20 23
B. Campbell 54 5 17 20 22
N. Bjugstad 39 9 10 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .928 2.17
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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