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A Season-Changing Week?

Monday, 11.24.2008 / 12:22 PM / Preview
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A Season-Changing Week?
By Dave Joseph for floridapanthers.com

Beginning this evening against Carolina, the Panthers start a  three game homestretch at BankAtlantic Center in five days. And according to coach Peter DeBoer, it’s the team’s chance for a “season-changing week.”

“We talked (Sunday) in our meeting,” DeBoer said. “This is a week we see as an opportunity to turn our season around.”

It certainly can’t come soon enough. The Panthers have won only three of their last 12 games and timing is becoming imperative if the 2008-09 Panthers want to begin their climb from the NHL cellar.

“We don’t have the luxury of dropping points,” said DeBoer after Monday’s morning skate at BankAtlantic Center. “We have to find a way to string together some victories here and, hopefully, it starts tonight.”

The Panthers (7-11-1) will have to do it against the Hurricanes (11-8-2) without defenseman Nick Boynton, who will likely be out through Wednesday with a concussion. Cory Stillman will also be out with symptoms from a concussion.

DeBoer has shown his displeasure with some of his player’s performances by making some healthy scratches (Rostislav Olesz, Boynton) and putting Wade Belak on waivers. Belak cleared waivers at noon Monday.

Olesz, who has one goal the past 11 games and was a healthy scratch in Boston, said he has to show he should be in the lineup every night.

“Like everybody, you want to show after being a scratch you should be in the lineup,” said Olesz, who will begin the night on a line with Radek Dvorak and Kamil Kreps. “I have to do it every night. I have to show I can do it every night.”

DeBoer hasn’t ruled out the past two days making additional changes if the team doesn’t turn direction.

“We’re in last place,” he said. “If there’s isn’t changes, you would think there’s a problem. Guys have to expect that. They’re getting paid to play a game and they’re getting paid for results, as we are. When those results aren’t there, there’s going to be consequences and there’s going to be changes.

“That’s the reality of the situation.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 64 22 16 -9 38
J. Huberdeau 61 9 28 3 37
A. Ekblad 64 11 23 7 34
J. Jokinen 63 6 28 -1 34
B. Boyes 62 11 21 8 32
J. Jagr 60 12 19 -10 31
J. Hayes 55 17 12 -4 29
B. Campbell 64 3 20 2 23
A. Barkov 53 10 12 -5 22
V. Trocheck 34 5 11 8 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .921 2.37
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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