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Peeke's Points: Two Out Of Three

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Peeke\'s Points: Two Out Of Three
Cliff Peeke, a Panther season ticket holder since Day One, is back blogging on FloridaPanthers.com for a third season, giving the point of view on the Cats from a serious, die-hard fan’s perspective in his own blog titled Peeke's Points (formerly YourBLOG).

A Michigan native who’s played hockey (admittedly average at best) most of his life, Cliff grew up watching Red Wings games at the old Olympia Stadium. His allegiance changed to the Panthers the moment it was announced South Florida would have a team.

Cliff has played in adult leagues at IncredibleIce and his oldest son (age 27) plays there as well. His youngest son (age 11) is a member of the Panthers ’98 Panthers Alliance Tier 1 Pee Wee team..

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I read VanMurph’s View a few days ago and had to chuckle as he wrote about his reasons for not entering a blog for a while. I was able to relate. I’ve been contributing my entries on the Panthers website for over three years now, and it seemed like the exact same scenario each year. The poor start, stretches of hope, the climb in the standings at season ticket renewal time, a late fade, and the “close but no cigar” finish. The step forward – two steps back play in the first half made it near impossible to praise this team. Then, as Murphy experienced, I write something positive and am ready to send only to witness a defeat and have to tear it up. And I’m tired of being negative on this team.

My pre-season blog predicted this team would finish 7th in the East. My mid-season prediction altered that to 9th. After our January performance (8-4-2, 18 points), I’m more inclined to think we’ll make the playoffs. Looking at the separation that 5th place Ottawa is creating (9 points ahead of 6th place), it’s realistic to think the highest spot we can claim will be 6th. That would be great…it’s achievable. But to do that, we’ll have to win TWO OUT OF EVERY THREE GAMES the remainder of the way. I think that’s the way to measure the success over the next 27 games.  And that’s why tonight’s game against Anaheim is a must. We lost to Washington, defeated the Islanders, and now it’s best of three tonight. 

I wrote last year that I thought we should have traded Bouwmeester prior to the trade deadline and receive some good value in return. We didn’t, but Sexton did make a sweet pre-UFA deadline trade acquiring Jordan Leopold in exchange for Jay-Bo. Leopold is contributing nicely, with solid defensive play, and some nice offensive output as well. He’s scored 7 goals, and that compares well over Jay-Bo’s 2 goals in Calgary. Speaking of Calgary, what’s up with that trade yesterday??? Are they nuts??? Trading Dion Phaneuf and a couple prospects to Toronto for four players of which two will be UFA’s and one RFA after this season makes little sense to me. Granted, they are happy with Jay-Bo’s play, and had a lot of money tied up in both of them (over $12mm/year)…but still…their return on that deal is not significant. Now Toronto has loads of money tied up on the blue-line, and they will be offensively challenged.

After that trade was announced, it got me thinking, should Sexton make a move. I don’t think so. I feel like this team is really coming together, and I’ve been impressed in how they’ve handled injuries to key players…and continue to do so. We’ve battled hard on a more consistent basis, and I sense that the Panthers will continue to play that way through the end of the season…which hopefully lasts a few weeks longer than previous years. It’s going to require taking two out of three the rest of the way…we win tonight and we win the last set. Then it starts over again. Three game increments.

By the way, I’ve been saying this since last season…no one on this team passes the puck quite like Cory Stillman. If you pay close attention to his play, as I do, you’ll be treated to a passing clinic when he’s on the ice.

On the sports section of my company website www.olympiasusfunding.com, I post my NHL power rankings. I finally have the Panthers in the middle-third at #18.

As always, I welcome feedback and can be reached at cliff@olympiausfunding.com
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  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

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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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