Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
Florida Panthers Facebook Florida Panthers Twitter Florida Panthers Google+ Florida Panthers Pintrest Florida Panthers Instagram Florida Panthers
Peeke's Points

Peeke's Points: The "U" Word

Wednesday, 02.11.2009 / 10:20 AM / Blogs
Florida Panthers
X
Share with your Friends


Peeke\'s Points: The \"U\" Word
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.

Peeke's Points Archive

On the way home from the game last night two conflicting “U” words were on my mind.

1. UNBELIEVABLE…the comeback last night certainly was just that. For as ho-hum of an effort through 2 ½ periods, the remainder of the game was UNBELIEVABLE. I’ve been programmed through the last eight years to never expect an outburst like that. Evidently, many fans felt the same way, as there was an exodus of sorts as many fans hit the exits down 4-1. I never leave…and was rewarded with a real treat. There’s something really good going on this season…you can sense it…feel it. Beyond the winning, and finding ourselves a legitimate playoff contender, you really have to like the TEAM. My pre-season blogs applauded GM Martin on a fine job assembling this group…but I had no idea they would mesh like this. From a fan’s standpoint, you get the feeling that the players are supportive, having fun, and really enjoy being a Panther. You start thinking something special is being built down here and can almost look forward to a string of many successful seasons ahead. Which brings me to the next point.

2. UNRESTRICTED…Zednik, Dvorak, Peltonen, Bouwmeester, Boynton, Skrastins, Cullimore, and Anderson are all unrestricted free agents after this season. And all play a big part in what this team is all about. It’s not as though we have a lot of cap space to play with this season, and with the cap expecting to lower for next season, it appears that we will have to be a bit creative. Add to the mix that the trade deadline is a mere 21 days away, and I’d have to say that GM Martin really has his work cut out for him. So, for a while anyway, I’m rooting for not only the team on the ice, but the front office as well. For not only will our season be shaped by the performance of the players on the ice during the next three weeks, but the future of the team beyond may also be determined as well. If you are an intense Panther fan, the next few weeks will be one heckuva ride. My hope is that players realize the team chemistry is a huge contributor to success, that agents are realistic, and that our front office can be creative. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I know this for sure…I like this team…and they are doing things (like last night) that we have not seen in some time.

Is every game huge or what. And then tomorrow we play the Dive Team on the road. I’ll be glued to my TV for sure.

GO PANTHERS…and thanks for that great ½ period last night.

Any comments? I welcome them at cliff@goalsuccess.net

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 63 22 16 -8 38
J. Huberdeau 60 9 27 4 36
J. Jokinen 62 6 28 0 34
A. Ekblad 63 10 23 8 33
B. Boyes 61 11 21 9 32
J. Jagr 59 12 19 -9 31
J. Hayes 54 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 63 3 20 3 23
A. Barkov 52 10 12 -4 22
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 5 6 2 .891 2.98
 
FloridaPanthers.com is the official Web site of the Florida Panthers. Florida Panthers and floridapanthers.com are trademarks of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.