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Peeke's Points: Five-Hundred

Thursday, 10.23.2008 / 3:17 PM ET / Blogs
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Peeke\'s Points: Five-Hundred
Panthers Blogger Cliff Peeke
Cliff Peeke, a Panther season ticket holder since Day One, is back blogging on FloridaPanthers.com for another season, giving the point of view on the Cats from a serious, die-hard fan’s perspective.

A Michigan native who’s played hockey (admittedly average at best) most of his life, Cliff grew up watching Red Wings games at the old Olympia Stadium. His allegiance changed to the Panthers the moment it was announced South Florida would have a team.

Cliff has played in adult leagues at IncredibleIce and his oldest son (age 25) plays there as well. His youngest son (age 9) is a member of the Jr. Panthers ’98 Squirt Travel Team.

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First, I’d like to welcome VanMurph to the blog world within the Panthers website. I’ve enjoyed his perspective so far, and find many similarities… most importantly the passion for our Panthers. I wrote about 35 of these throughout last season as well as a few this off-season.  Hopefully, between us we can provide a slightly different slant on the same things we are seeing on the ice… and off.

To the “off-ice” stuff. I am constantly amazed by the excellent service of the Panthers personnel that work with us season ticket holders. They have an uncanny way of making me (and I’ve heard this from so many others) feel like part of the family. So, if you read a blog a few months from now where I threaten to not renew my season tickets because the Panthers are struggling… don’t believe it. I can’t quit… I’ve been a Panther since day one… always will be… and by the way we are so positively treated, I’ll be locked in for a long time. Congratulations to a fine staff.

Now… to the “on-ice” stuff. If you’ve read my blogs from last year to this year, you know that I have said the Panthers season will be defined in their first two months of action. Games should be played with playoff intensity NOW so that we can provide ourselves a nice cushion in the second half. For the most part, except the Minnesota game, the intensity appears to be there. But the bottom line is that we are 3-3 and a .500 season is not going to cut it. Once again, the game Friday night against the Sharks is another must-win. 

My recommendation is that we start Craig Anderson in the net Friday. He deserves the start after his third period performance last night. Let’s ride the “hot goalie” and he’s it. If it wasn’t for Anderson play in early March last season, there would not have been any late-season push towards the playoffs. I would like to see him rewarded with more playing time. Besides, Vokoun’s play has lacked consistency so far this season. To me, this is the most important two months… go with the hot goalie period.

I never get over bad Panther trades (and we’ve had our share) or Panthers we let go. I always follow the seasons of ex-Panthers… can’t help it. This season, my three targets are Montador (who is getting surprising amounts of ice time with Anaheim… I would have never figured that), VanRyn (playing healthy with Toronto and logging large chunks of ice-time), and of course Jokinen. Remember…I was OK with that trade. 

Through six games, Ballard and Boynton (two defenseman we got in the trade) have combined for 9 points. Meanwhile, Jokinen through five games has 6 points of which one was a goal. And no surprise… the goal was on a power play. Tonight, however, I’ll be hoping Jokinen puts a few in… the Coyotes play Washington. It’s a long season, but I like our return so far. The acquisition I liked the moment it was announced… Stillman… has already proved to be a good choice by GM Martin. Stillman’s got 6 points already and he’s capable of keeping a good pace with the points.

Now… let’s get over that Five-Hundred mark and build that cushion. Another huge game tomorrow night and it’s only October. I love it !!!! Go Panthers !!!!

Cliff

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 74 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 76 8 33 -4 41
B. Boyes 74 13 23 10 36
A. Ekblad 76 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 67 18 14 -6 32
A. Barkov 66 14 17 -3 31
B. Campbell 77 3 23 2 26
B. Pirri 44 21 2 6 23
D. Bolland 48 5 16 1 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 18 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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