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Nine: Kicking Off The Season

Friday, 10.10.2008 / 8:37 AM / 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
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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 31 21 6 4 99 71 46
2 NYI 32 22 10 0 101 90 44
3 TBL 34 20 10 4 112 90 44
4 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
5 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
6 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
7 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
8 WSH 31 15 10 6 91 85 36
9 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
10 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
11 OTT 32 14 12 6 88 88 34
12 NJD 34 12 16 6 77 98 30
13 CBJ 31 13 15 3 76 100 29
14 PHI 31 11 14 6 81 92 28
15 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
16 CAR 31 9 19 3 66 88 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 30 12 7 2 19
A. Ekblad 30 5 13 5 18
J. Jokinen 29 3 13 -1 16
B. Boyes 29 5 9 0 14
J. Hayes 23 7 6 2 13
J. Huberdeau 27 3 9 2 12
V. Trocheck 19 2 9 4 11
S. Bergenheim 20 5 4 2 9
S. Upshall 19 4 5 1 9
T. Fleischmann 28 3 5 7 8
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 12 6 6 .926 2.24
A. Montoya 2 2 2 .915 2.27
 
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