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A Season-Changing Week?

Monday, 11.24.2008 / 12:22 PM ET / 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 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
7 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
11 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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