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Friday, 10.16.2009 / 12:01 PM / Preview
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(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
By Dave Joseph for floridapanthers.com
 
SUNRISE - For the past several days, while the Panthers have spent time trying to right a ship that has lost four consecutive games, the Flyers have gone fishing and boating during their ‘team bonding’ week in South Florida.
 
But the Flyers, like the Panthers, are eager to get on the ice this evening at BankAtlantic Center. For the Panthers, it’s to start a winning streak. For the Flyers, it’s to continue what has been a strong 3-1-1 start to the season.
 
“It’s been kind of tough the first couple games for us,” said David Booth after Friday’s pre-game skate. “We’ve been close the past couple games against New Jersey and Tampa. We know we have to turn the tide and put together a win; get one and build from there.”
 
For the Panthers, there will be a couple of firsts this evening. Scott Clemmensen will get his first regular-season start in goal as a Panther after winning 25 games last season in New Jersey. And center Dominic Moore will play his first game in a Panther uniform.
 
Along with the change in goal, Panthers coach Peter DeBoer has switched three of his lines. Rostislav Olesz will play on a line with Steve Reinprecht and Michael Frolik while Cory Stillman will be playing alongside Radek Dvorak and Gregory Campbell. Moore will begin the game playing with Kamil Kreps and Ville Koistinen.
 
“Our top line has created opportunities to score but just haven’t cashed in,” DeBoer said. “Those secondary guys, for me, across he board – Stillman, Reinprecht, Campbell, Dvorak – they just haven’t created enough on a nightly basis. That has to be the identity of our team, the depth of the lineup with those middle guys, and they have to be able to get on the board for us.”
 
The Flyers, who will be playing their only game in an 11-day span, are considered a Stanley Cup contender.
 
“Just a solid team,” DeBoer said. “You can see why. (Chris) Pronger is a huge addition for them. (Jay) Bouwmeester leaves our defense and they add a guy like Pronger, who’s in that mold. There’s only a handful of guys in the league, four or five of them, who are 6-5 and can control a game physically. He’s intimidating to play against. They had a real good team last year and, with his addition, it’s taken them to another level.”
 
The Flyers ‘team bonding’ experience was a good one, Scott Hartnell told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It recharges you and gets you away from the grind of the game.” And don’t think the Flyers have just been sitting poolside with tiny umbrellas in their drinks.
 
“We’ve been working on a lot of things down here that are critical to us improving as a team,” Pronger told PhiladelphiaFlyers.com. “With time spent in practice, we’re not just out there lollygagging. We’re doing specific drills to get better, whether its defensive-zone coverage or backside pressure, or the forecheck.”
 
According to Hartnell, the key for the Flyers early in the game will be keeping things simple.
 
“When you don’t play for a few days, mentally you might not be all there, so keep things simple, get the puck deep, give a hit (and) take a hit the first few shifts you’re out there. That will get your brain back into hockey mode.”
 
Special teams could play a huge role in tonight’s game. The Flyers are fourth in the league on the power play (9-0f-31) while the Panthers are 28th (2-for-21). The Panthers two power play goals came in the last two games. On the penalty kill, the Flyers are ranked fourth and the Panthers 23rd.
 
The Panthers forward lines will start:
 
Stephen Weiss, Nathan Horton, David Booth
Steven Reinprecht, Michael Frolik, Rostislav Olesz
Gregory Campbell, Cory Stillman, Radek Dvorak
Dominic Moore, Kamil Kreps, Ville Koistinen
 
Defense:
Bryan Allen, Dmitry Kulikov
Keith Ballard, Jordan Leopold
Bryan McCabe, Dennis Seidenberg
 
NOTES
 
The Flyers will be trying to win their three first road games for the first time in 16 years…Rookie James van Riemsdyk, who missed the previous two games with post concussion syndrome, is expected to be in uniform…
UPCOMING EVENTS

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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