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G.M. Journal: Ready For The Stretch Run

Friday, 02.10.2012 / 2:52 PM ET / Blogs
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G.M. Journal: Ready For The Stretch Run
A floridapanthers.com exclusive, Panthers general manager Dale Tallon will be sharing his thoughts with Panthers and hockey fans throughout the year in his blog entitled G.M. Journal.

Enjoy.


In many ways the sport of hockey mirrors the business of hockey. With 29 games left, your Panthers are in the stretch run of the 2011-12 NHL regular season. After last night’s 3-1 win over Los Angeles, we are 25-17-11 with 61 points and leading the Southeast Division (the third seed in the Eastern Conference).
 
That alone is something for all of us to be proud of. This organization has come a long way over the last 20 months and I’m passionate about what we’ve accomplished but even more excited about where we are headed. That said, the current playoff race is tight, with only a few points separating each team, and every game is going to be important from here on out.
 
Meanwhile, on the business side, it’s season ticket renewal time and I know our incredibly dedicated and passionate staff is working hard to bring in as many renewals as possible before the Feb. 13 deadline. The casual fan may not always see it, but the work our staff does is critical to the growth of this franchise. Frankly, we need our fans and their support to be successful.
 
The crowds have been incredible thus far this year, and I know based on the way renewals have gone so far, the BankAtlantic Center is going to be even more packed next year, and beyond.
 
Truth be told, there is a lot to be excited about with this franchise. We’ve got a long way to go this season to get this team back to the playoffs, but all the signs point in the right direction. Our Head Coach Kevin Dineen has us playing an aggressive, hard-nosed style, and we’ve battled through injuries and adversity all year long to put us in a position to make a run down the stretch.
 
We’re starting to get healthier with Jose Theodore back in the lineup and expected to play this weekend, and hopefully we can expect to see Ed Jovanovski back in game action over the next two weeks. Meanwhile, players like Marcel Goc and Sean Bergenheim have played well since returning from injury, while Stephen Weiss, Scott Clemmensen and Mike Weaver continue to be stalwarts both on and off the ice.

In addition, our younger players such as Erik Gudbranson and Shawn Matthias are playing hard and contributing almost every night.
 
That said, we need the support of our fans for every remaining home game to get over the hump and back to the playoffs. We’re 14-5-7 on home ice this season – one of the best home point totals in the NHL – and that’s due in no small part to the raucous support we’ve received from our fans.  
 
We will do our part by continuing to look for ways to improve our team during the stretch run. But I can tell you from experience, that nothing helps this team succeed more than a big and passionate crowd at the BankAtlantic Center on game night. That said, I know we can count on our fans both this year, and over the long term.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 48 16 21 12 37
J. Huberdeau 51 10 27 11 37
A. Barkov 41 15 19 13 34
J. Jokinen 51 9 24 12 33
V. Trocheck 51 17 15 4 32
R. Smith 51 16 15 12 31
B. Pirri 47 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 47 10 12 23 22
B. Campbell 51 4 15 17 19
N. Bjugstad 36 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 4 .930 2.11
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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