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Thursday, 10.30.2008 / 9:06 AM / Blogs
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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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After eight games, the Panthers are only one point better than Tampa Bay and are looking upwards in the standings. Getting a little itchy fellow fans?????

New Panther coach DeBoer was well aware when he took the job of the importance of getting off to the strong start. Had to be. Sure I like the system and the style of play this year’s Panthers are playing… more exciting. However, I’d exchange that for Minnesota’s plodding style (often without Gaborik) and points (13 after 8 games). Am I being a little over-anxious so early in the season?

See, I don’t think so. And that’s why I’m not happy we lost in St. Louis.  Forget the excuses (so many games in so few nights… injuries, etc), other teams struggle just the same. We went up against the number three goalie for the Blues and barely challenged him. We looked like we were skating half-speed… it was basically an ugly game to watch. And that occurred 24 hours after one of the more exciting games to watch as we defeated San Jose in a nail-biter. You may recall that’s the game DeBoer proved me wrong, starting Vokoun over Anderson (and Vokoun really steps up).

After tonight’s game at home against the Senators, we go on the road for five games. So… that puts tremendous pressure on this team to win tonight against the… guess who… Alex Auld in-the-net Senators. Between now and the end of November, the Panthers play 15 games.  Twenty-three games in at that point and their season will be defined… being chased or looking up. That’s why TONIGHT’S GAME and EVERY GAME IN NOVEMBER is so important. That’s why I’m angry at the effort in the St. Louis loss. That’s why I’m getting a little “itchy”.

After nine years of futility, no excuse will work this season. Figure it out… get a win tonight and kick some ass on the road. Predictions for tonight’s game… if we play with playoff-like intensity it’s a Panthers 4-1 victory. If not, we lose 5-2. Two points are huge tonight… we need some separation from the woeful Lightning… just do it.
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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
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