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Rapid Fire: Buffalo, In-Season Acquisitions And More

Saturday, 03.17.2012 / 2:53 PM ET / 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

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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