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Bomber's Blog: Generating Chances

Tuesday, 10.21.2008 / 11:21 AM ET / Blogs
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Bomber\'s Blog: Generating Chances
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.

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Well, I thought the effort was certainly there Monday night in Montreal. We’ve seen a lot of good things from the team in the first five games. We’re outshooting teams, which we rarely did last season. We’re getting up around 35 shots a night.

I know we’ve only scored three goals the past two games, but I don’t think that’s indicitive of what will happen this year. First of all, you’re not going to run into the kind of goaltending we saw Monday in Montreal every game of the season, so I don’t think it’s going to be a problem. We were 20th in the NHL last season in scoring, but now we’re taking 35 shots a night. The law of averages are that you’ll get three or four goals a night if you’re generating those kinds of shots. I’d be more concerned about goals if we were only getting 20 shots a night.

If you look at last night, it was the inability to finish scoring chances. If you give Nathan Horton enough chances, he’ll score.

I also think we’ll be able to generate goals with the ability of our defensemen. I think they’ll make it happen. You really do notice a difference with the puck-moving defensemen we have now. These guys have the ability to move the puck to the forwards in play.

We play Ottawa next and what happens there is you have to control Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson. It’s not a real deep hockey club like you’ve seen from them in the past. All their scoring is generated through those three guys. And if we’re getting 30 or 35 shots a game, well, they have some question marks in net, so that should be a good bounce back for us.

I liked what I saw in Montreal. They’re one of the top teams but they didn’t generate more scoring chances than we did. And I think our defensemen have proven capable of control another team’s top lines.

I’ll check back soon.

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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