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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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