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Blog 242: A Difference In Play

Monday, 11.28.2011 / 5:00 PM / Blogs
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Blog 242: A Difference In Play
Our terrific fans made a great difference in encouraging our team to the great success we had last week. Our entire Florida Panthers organization thanks each and every one of you for your enthusiastic support.
 
Our Panthers went 3-0-1 in four consecutive home games last week and each exciting matchup was played in front of an incredibly passionate crowd and an amazing atmosphere at the BankAtlantic Center.
 
With four home games in just seven days, our fans deserve a lot of credit for that atmosphere, particularly with an average attendance of over 16,000 fans per game. But as fans, we know that what really made last week so fun and memorable, was the way the team played.
 
Wins over Pittsburgh, New Jersey and the New York Rangers and an overtime loss against Tampa Bay confirmed what we had started to suspect – this season’s Panthers team is one to watch.
 
With an exciting style of play, a never say die attitude, and a great mix of skill and physical ability, our Cats are off to their best start in years, and currently sit at 12-7-4, third in the Eastern Conference and first in the Southeast Division.
 
When General Manager Dale Tallon and his staff put this team together during the offseason, it was easy to get excited but difficult to know exactly what to expect once the puck dropped on the regular season. But wins and losses aside, there’s no question this team will continue to be worth watching.
 
We have a lot for our fans to latch on to. In Stephen Weiss, Kris Versteeg and Tomas Fleischmann we have a skilled and dynamic first line that’s put up great scoring numbers thus far. In Ed Jovanovski we have one of the franchise’s favorite sons that has grown in to a great leader both on and off the ice.
 
In Brian Campbell we have a defenseman that can impact the game in every conceivable facet. In Jose Theodore we have a goaltender that relishes the spotlight and has performed in clutch situations before. And in players such as Dmitry Kulikov, Erik Gudbranson and Jacob Markstrom, we have more reasons to be excited about the not so distant future.
 
In short, I want to underscore how excited we are about the start to the season, thank our fans again for their support last week, and urge them to continue supporting us all season long because it is sure to be an exciting ride. 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 62 22 15 -8 37
J. Jokinen 61 6 28 -1 34
J. Huberdeau 59 9 24 2 33
A. Ekblad 62 9 23 8 32
B. Boyes 60 10 21 8 31
J. Jagr 58 11 18 -11 29
J. Hayes 53 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 62 3 19 3 22
A. Barkov 51 9 12 -6 21
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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