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Peeke's Points: One Point Better

Thursday, 10.30.2008 / 9:06 AM ET / 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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 49 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 52 10 27 10 37
A. Barkov 42 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 52 10 25 12 35
V. Trocheck 52 17 16 4 33
R. Smith 52 16 15 11 31
B. Pirri 48 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 48 10 12 21 22
B. Campbell 52 4 16 17 20
N. Bjugstad 37 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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