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Rapid Fire: Fool Me Once...

Sunday, 04.01.2012 / 11:30 AM / Rapid Fire
By Steve Goldstein  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Rapid Fire: Fool Me Once...
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.


With Rapid Fire falling on April Fool's Day, Steve Goldstein topics of choice are things that have fooled him this season and one that he hopes doesn't.

1. Without Sid The Kid: I was fooled into thinking the Penguins couldn't be a top team without Sidney Crosby. The joke's on me, Evgeni Malkin has been the NHL's best player and has the Pens in position to be a Cup contender, for the most part, without Crosby who was out for most of the season recovering from a concussion.

2. The Panthers Net: Many thought the Cats goaltending would be a weakness this season. It's turned out to be a strength. Jose Theodore has been solid and Scott Clemmensen has earned the team points in 18 of his 24 games.

3. First Place: It has been a tough last 10 days for Panthers fans with the team gaining only 5 of 12 possible points against teams low in the standings. But...if we said back in the summer that Florida would be in first place on April Fool's Day we all would've said that a good one! Fact is they have earned what they've gotten and now MUST finish the job.

4. Singing The Blues: The Rangers, Penguins, Canucks...sure, it's no surprise that those teams are at the top of the NHL. But the St Louis Blues? That's a big surprise. They started slow, made a coaching change and have played historically great defensive hockey. Ken Hitchcock will win Coach of the Year. St Louis has very good players throughout the lineup but is doing it without superstars and has two red hot goalies. Good for the fans and franchise in St Louis.


5. Don't Fool Us: The Panthers look to get their mojo back today against Detroit. It's the final week of the season and this team hasn't failed all season long. Players with Stanley Cup rings, playoff experience and those trying to get to the playoffs for the first time need to come together, refocus and finish off what has been a super season. The Panthers have been in a playoff spot basically from game 1 of the season. It's closing time and I'm confident in this group. Don't fool me now!

Author: Steve Goldstein | FloridaPanthers.com

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 64 22 16 -9 38
J. Huberdeau 61 9 28 3 37
A. Ekblad 64 11 23 7 34
J. Jokinen 63 6 28 -1 34
B. Boyes 62 11 21 8 32
J. Jagr 60 12 19 -10 31
J. Hayes 55 17 12 -4 29
B. Campbell 64 3 20 2 23
A. Barkov 53 10 12 -5 22
V. Trocheck 34 5 11 8 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .921 2.37
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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