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Bomber's Blog: Season Underway

Wednesday, 10.15.2008 / 10:46 AM ET / Blogs
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Bomber\'s Blog: Season Underway
Former Panthers forward and current radio analyst Bill Lindsay will be blogging on floridapanthers.com on anything that crosses his mind.

Lindsay who spent seven seasons (1993-2002) with the Cats and played in 506 games and collected 165 points is now a radio analyst on 790 The Ticket.

Lindsay will always be remembered in Cats history for his series-clinching goal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Boston Bruins in the '96 playoffs.

The '08-'09 season is underway for the Florida Panthers, and as always at this time of year there is hopes and dreams of Playoffs for almost every NHL team.

Parity rules the NHL right  now, and especially so in the Eastern Conference. Montreal is the pick for many to win the East, and yes they are good, but by no means great. Pittsburgh has a couple of superstars that should carry their team, but they lost a lot of their depth players and they will find it tough sledding when other teams focus on stopping their star players. The rest of the Eastern Conference teams have many more question marks, which means a wide open race for the playoffs. It truly is a year when you could see as many as 12 teams in contention for the eight playoff spots, up until the last week of the season.

This is all great news if you're a Panther fan because they are definately going to be in the mix. As always, a lot will come down to injuries and winning more than your share of tight games. The Panthers lost 25 games last year by one goal, which caused another year of heartbreak.

I have been asked  where are the goals going to come from? Well my friends that is the least of my worries. I have to applaud the move to upgrade the blue line by GM Jaques Martin, even if it cost  our Captain Olli Jokinen. The 25 games the Panthers lost  by 1 goal were mostly attributed to blowing leads. If you are leading, it means you have scored enough goals to win the game. Jacques did the right thing when he evaluated his team, found the area that needed to be fixed and did something about it. I love what Olli did for this franchise, but I believe both parties knew it was time for a change. Olli is going to flourish in Phoenix, and the Panthers will be a better team.

The Cats upgraded defense, Thomas Vokoun in net, and the emergence of David Booth as a star have the Panthers  on the verge of breaking their playoff drought. I am truly excited about the year to come. It will be close down to the end, but I believe the wait for playoff hockey will end. This year they will win more than their share of tight games and yes they will score enough goals.

On that note I will leave you with this. Olli Jokinen played seven years in Florida and scored 419 points. Bud did you know thar over that same span of seven years, Cory Stillman had 412 points? That works out  to 1 point a season less.

Bomber

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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