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Blog 242: A Difference In Play

Monday, 11.28.2011 / 5:00 PM ET / 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 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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