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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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48 hours ago, I was writing a lot of positive stuff about the Panthers and then we came up against a desperate, physical Lightning team and blew an opportunity to be in the 8th spot.

Should I worry… I think so and here’s why. Unless we string together a serious streak, catching Washington for the Division title seems unlikely, and that’s sad because that leaves us playing the “let’s try and make the 8th spot” game. This should require about 94 points or 47 points at the half-way mark (41 games). We have 6 games left to reach the halfway mark, and with 37 points, we need 10 points out of a possible 12, winning five of six. Based on the way we played against the Lightning, I’d say that’s impossible.

What the heck happened that we looked so outclassed by one of the weakest teams in the league? Do the Panthers actually think they can take nights off, shifts off, and still win games? Friday night’s home game was tough to watch. If not for two late goals, we played with vey little passion and intensity. And last night… that was a disaster from the first shift. Here I was talking about the “best one-two goalie tandem” just a few days ago, and then Vokoun goes ahead and “spots” the Lightning several goals in the two nights. I don’t expect shut-outs every night… but fans do want to see consistency and we saw none of that. Thankfully we do have a number two goalie in Anderson (or is he number one) that will once again be called on to right the ship as we go in to the final six game first-half stretch. No doubt, we have to have very good and consistent goaltending to be a playoff caliber team.

But overall, the team was over-matched in desperate, physical play against the Lightning and the results were not surprising. We’ve got a tough stretch ahead of us as we reach the half-way mark… Montreal, at NY Islanders, at Pittsburgh, at Montreal, at Toronto, Carolina. To be in the hunt and collect ten points is a huge task and all the more reason why fans wonder how we missed three points against the lowly Artyukhin-led Lightning.

So Monday night’s game against Montreal looms big… yet another must-win game. My guess is that we will know what the playoff potential is come January 9th. Let’s get two points Monday night. Teams above us are not losing (except Philadelphia but they have 45 points). We can’t allow separation now. We lost a golden opportunity and missed three points this weekend. We must be desperate the next six games… every shift.

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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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