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Rapid Fire: No Guarantee, Home Cookin And More

Friday, 03.23.2012 / 2:41 PM ET / Rapid Fire
By Steve Goldstein  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Rapid Fire: No Guarantee, Home Cookin 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 Thursday's play around the NHL.

1. No Guarantee: The oilers have drafted high for a few years now but it hasn't yet led to NHL team success because the kids dont have enough around them. The thought process is build through the draft and your patience will be rewarded. I think Edmonton will eventually be a good team but the plan hasn't worked yet. When the Panthers in the 2000's were picking high every year, the thought was it would lead to a solid team. Most of those picks are no longer around, Stephen Weiss being the exception.

2. The Net Has Been Minded: The last two games were split as Scott Clemmensen and Jose Theodore got the call once each on the 2-game, back-to-back games road trip. Both were super. Clemmensen beat the Flyers 2-1 and Theodore held the Panthers in the game, down 2-1 going to the 3rd period. Add in Jacob Markstrom's play earlier this season and the Cats have gotten solid play from the position many questioned before the season.

3. Sid Lost His Touch?: What's going on with Sidney Crosby? He had two goals in first game of the season but since then has played 12 games and hasn't scored. This is the point that you realize the sarcasm and I let you know he is the best player in the world at making those around him better. In the 12 games since he scored he has 17 assists and the Penguins are 8-2-2.

4. Home Cookin: The Panthers have won five in a row at home and have allowed just 8 goal in those games. This weekend is huge, two games, four big points. Hope the arena is full! This team deserves the support.

5. Scoreboard Watching: Buffalo continues to roll and is now one point behind Washington for the final playoff spot in the East. The Capitals were in Philadelphia last night, losing in the shootout while the Sabres are at Madison Square Garden to play the Rangers tonight. The Capitals finish out a back-to-back session as they host the Winnipeg Jets. Tough games for both teams. We can watch and have fun rooting...the Panthers need to take care of their own business and they'll be fine!

Author: Steve Goldstein | FloridaPanthers.com

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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