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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 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
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 62 24 31 7 144 167 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
 
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