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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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