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Nine: Kicking Off The Season

Friday, 10.10.2008 / 8:37 AM ET / Blogs
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Nine: Kicking Off The Season
Stephen Weiss
Panthers center Stephen Weiss is back for another season of his blog, 'Nine. Weiss will bring you closer to Panthers action both on and off the ice as he talks about his experiences throughtout the 2008-09 season. Nine is in it's second season and can only exclusively be seen on floridapanthers.com

The popular first-round draft pick (4th overall) in 2001, is in his seventhh NHL season, all with the Cats. The Toronto, Ontario native had his second straight 40 point season, finishing with 13 goals and 29 assists in 74 games. He also set a career high in game-winning goals with four.

Well, it was a long summer. Now, with the start of the season this weekend, we’re real excited about getting going.

There’s been a lot of hard work put in getting ready for the season. It’s been a tough training camp. But the boys are ready and we’re looking forward to starting in Carolina where we ended the season last year.

Obviously, we have some new faces this year, a lot of new defenseman which has really upgraded our backend, which is huge for us. It will take a lot of pressure off the goalies. We lost Olli, he’s gone, so we lost some scoring up front and our captain. We’re going to have to find some extra scoring in terms of the other lines and step up in terms of leadership.

But we have a good group. We got some young guys playing for jobs who are great to have around, a lot of energy. And the new guys like Ballard, Boynton, McCabe and Stillman…they stabilize the room big time. I think it’s huge. They’ve been real vocal guys, too. There’s a lot more energy in the dressing room, which has been awesome. Maybe a little too quiet in the past. It feels great. The vibe is awesome. Guys get along really well. I can’t say enough. It’s really cool.

We start in Carolina, but we get to play at home the next night. The home opener is always fun. It doesn’t matter who the game is against. A division game is more important, but the first game is great. It’s a packed house. The place is rockin’ and, hopefully, we’ll get two points at home and four this weekend.

See you Saturday

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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