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Rapid Fire: Buffalo, In-Season Acquisitions And More

Saturday, 03.17.2012 / 2:53 PM / Rapid Fire
By Steve Goldstein  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Rapid Fire: Buffalo, In-Season Acquisitions And More
Welcome to Rapid Fire. Panthers broadcasters Steve Goldstein and Bill Lindsay will hit five different thoughts on a daily rotating basis. It's up to them as far as what topics they want to talk about as teams, and more specifically the Panthers, make a push towards the playoffs and the Stanley Cup.


Steve Goldstein takes his shot at the five things he's thinking about after Friday's play around the NHL.

1. Buffalo Soldiers: The Sabres had huge expectations coming into the season. A new owner, a higher payroll and fan expectations all added up to more pressure on the team. For most of the season, the Sabres struggled. So much so that star goalie Ryan Miller's name was thrown around in trade rumors. But a 9-2-3 record in their last 14 games has the Sabres back in the playoff race. Their margin for error is slim and it's a must-have game tonight against the Panthers.

2. Sweep!: The Panthers go for a four-game homestand sweep tonight. They have outscored their opponents 13-4 in the three games so far. A win also ties the franchise record for most consecutive home wins. It's been exciting to watch and super for Panther fans at home this season.

3. I'll Take Four Please: The Panthers did an outstanding job retooling the team in the offseason via trades and free agency. But one can't overlook what has been accomplished on the transaction wire once the season began. The Panthers have added John Madden, Wojtek Wolski, Jarred Smithson and Krys Barch. All serve roles the team badly needed. What did Florida give up for these four important pieces to the puzzle? Not a single NHL player. Draft picks and a couple of minor leaguers for four players who have played key roles in the team's success. And give ownership a hand as well for adding payroll without shedding any.

4. Happy Birthday???: Or maybe it's better left unsaid. Panthers assistant coach Craig Ramsay turns 61 today but I'm not sure he wants to be counting now! Just kidding. Rammer is an NHL lifer and was a great addition to the Panthers staff. He was an original coach with the franchise back in the 90's and has a major connection with tonight's opponent. Ramsay played for the Sabres and at one point played 776 straight games, the fourth longest streak in NHL history. Also, Sabres coach Lindy Ruff was an assistant with Ramsay and the original Panther team.

5. J-E-T-S: Winnipeg came up with a huge win last night 3-2 against Washington. The victory, Dustin Byfuglien scored the game-winner against Tomas Vokoun in the third which puts the Jets two points behind the Capitals for 8th in the East. It also keeps the Panthers three points ahead in the division race.

Author: Steve Goldstein | FloridaPanthers.com

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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

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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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