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Bomber's Blog: Forming An Identity

Saturday, 12.13.2008 / 4:32 PM ET / Blogs
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Bomber\'s Blog: Forming An Identity
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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The weather on this recent road trip for the Panthers has been about as cold as Canada has to offer, but it has not been enough to cool off the hot Cats. The temperatures might keep falling (as low as -30 degreees) but the Panthers are continuing to rise in the NHL standings. Last night Florida set a franchise record with its fifth straight road win, as they beat the Calgary Flames 3-2 in the shootout. It has been an incredible turn around for a team that only a month ago was last in the league, and seemed destined to stay there as they were ravaged by injuries to key players.
 
Good hockey teams have an identity. New Jersey has always been known as a top defensive club, Detroit a puck control team with incredible talent, Edmonton a team built on speed, Anaheim physical and mean. The Panthers are starting to gain an identity as an extremely hard working team with great goaltending. Sound familiar? The Panthers are getting back what they once had.
 
There is a long way to go but it is hard not to love what you have seen lately from the Cats. It definately seems that they are headed in the right direction. Peter Deboer has said the injuries have been a blessing for this team as it has forced them to come together. This seems to have been the case as they have rallied around each other to turn a negative into a positive. It's amazing to watch this team win when on paper it looks like they are no match for their opponent. How can a team be expected to win when their leading scorer is a defenseman, and he has six less points than any other leading scorer on a team.
 
I love that this franchise record road winning streak has come while the Panthers are making their western Canadian swing. There is no better way to put  Florida hockey back on the radar screen  than by wooping up on storied Canadian franchises that rarely get a chance to play the Panthers. People are starting to take notice as the Cats are back on the prowl.
 
Hope is a wonderful thing. Hope is to desire something and think it will happen. This team has given Panther fans reason to be hopeful for a return to the playoffs. Florida is hot right now, and I am not talking about the weather.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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