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Rapid Fire: Game of Inches, Road Trippin And More

Monday, 03.26.2012 / 11:12 AM / Rapid Fire
By Steve Goldstein  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Rapid Fire: Game of Inches, Road Trippin 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 Sunday's play around the NHL.

1. Game Of Inches: Kris Versteeg nearly gave the Panthers an extra point Friday night in the final seconds of overtime. He had a breakaway, was stopped by Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk, then poked at the puck...and slid it right across the goal line and off the post as time expired. It was excruciating to watch that sequence. Edmonton then won the shootout.

2. Not Always Pretty But...: There are only five teams with fewer home regulation losses than the Panthers. The Cats have done a super job of picking up points in South Florida but many games have ended in after-regulation losses. A 20-9-10 home record is odd looking, with so many one-goal games. But the fact is the Panthers already have 50 points on home ice with four more there for the taking. That's getting the job done, no matter how you get there.

3. Oh Theo: Jose Theodore has been phenomenal for Florida. The team has earned points in seven of the last eight games Theodore has played. He has allowed just 13 goals in the 8 games and has made some great saves. Any goalie concerns before the season have been put to bed by Theodore and Scott Clemmensen all season long.

4. Road Trippin!: This 4-game trip could decide the Panthers playoff fate. Wins are a must after dropping the last three games. The Cats are 3-0 against their first opponent, Montreal on Tuesday. After that one, it's back-to-back games against teams below them in the standings, Minnesota and Columbus. The trip wraps up on April Fools Day in Detroit. Watch them all on Fox Sports Florida. In essence, these are playoff games for the Panthers.

5. Support Please: To close out this strong season with a playoff spot, the Panthers will need some depth scoring. Stephen Weiss and Tomas Fleischmann have been the only ones scoring the past few games amongst the forwards. With seven games left, it's time for others to start chipping in on offense. Play time is over. It's close out time!

Author: Steve Goldstein | FloridaPanthers.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
6 TOR 34 19 12 3 114 102 41
7 NYR 31 17 10 4 93 81 38
8 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
9 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
10 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 PHI 33 13 14 6 92 99 32
13 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29
16 CAR 33 9 20 4 68 92 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 31 12 7 0 19
A. Ekblad 31 5 14 4 19
J. Jokinen 30 3 13 -2 16
B. Boyes 30 5 9 0 14
J. Hayes 23 7 6 2 13
J. Huberdeau 28 3 10 0 13
V. Trocheck 20 3 9 2 12
S. Bergenheim 21 5 4 2 9
S. Upshall 20 4 5 1 9
T. Fleischmann 29 3 5 6 8
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 2 2 2 .915 2.27
R. Luongo 12 7 6 .926 2.28
 
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