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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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 53 17 23 13 40
J. Huberdeau 56 11 29 10 40
J. Jokinen 56 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 56 17 18 2 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 56 18 16 11 34
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 52 11 13 17 24
B. Campbell 56 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 41 9 10 -5 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 14 5 .924 2.29
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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