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Rapid Fire: Fool Me Once...

Sunday, 04.01.2012 / 11:30 AM / Rapid Fire
By Steve Goldstein  - FloridaPanthers.com
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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
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