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Rapid Fire: Taking On New Jersey

Monday, 04.9.2012 / 5:00 PM ET / Rapid Fire
By Bill Lindsay  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Rapid Fire: Taking On New Jersey
Welcome to Rapid Fire. Panthers broadcasters Steve Goldstein and Bill Lindsay will hit five different thoughts. It's up to them as far as what topics they want to talk about as teams, and more specifically the Panthers, challenge for the Stanley Cup.


Bill Lindsay shares his five thoughts on the Panthers playoff series against the New Jersey Devils.

1. Goaltending: Goaltending is always important. Whoever has the better goalie usually winds up on top. For the Panthers they will need Jose Theodore to be the goalie he was for most of the season, the one who led the Panthers and was the No. 1 man in the nets. He struggled the last few games and needs to return to form. If Scott Clemmensen gets the call, he has played great of late, and must stay hot. For the Devils the aging Martin Brodeur will be the man. He had an average season numbers wise, but he is arguably the greatest goalie of all time and is always capable of stealing the show.

2. Controlling Kovalchuk: Ilya Kovalchuk is one of the game's best goal scorers, and can single handily dominate a game. He can be electric but he also has lapses defensively and can get frustrated. It is up to the Panthers to keep him under wraps and exploit his defesive weaknesses.

3. Finding Offense: The Panthers must find a way to score goals. The top line of Kris Versteeg, Stephen Weiss and Tomas Fleischmann must produce and the power play must come through when it gets opportunities. One thing to watch in this series is the defensemen. The Panthers have a huge advantage when it comes to offense from the defensemen. Look for the Panthers defense to be actively involved.

4. Discipline: Always important to be smart and stay out of the penalty box. The Panthers have been good in this category all year and it must continue against New Jersey. There are good penalties and bad penalties. Florida must avoid taking those "dumb" penalties. Those really hurt in the payoffs.

5. Home Ice: The Panthers have home ice advantage and they must capitalize on their home games. The first two at home are critical as you want to get off to a good start in the series. They worked all year for that 3rd seed and now they must continue with the hard work and determination. Should be exciting...it has been a long wait. Get out to the Bank Atlantic Center and support your Cats.

Author: Bill Lindsay | FloridaPanthers.com

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
11 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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