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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 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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