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Rapid Fire: Game of Inches, Road Trippin And More

Monday, 03.26.2012 / 11:12 AM ET / 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

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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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