• PRINT
  • RSS

The Return Of Bergy

Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim is expected to be in the lineup for first time since April 26, 2012.

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 1:00 PM ET / News
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
X
Share with your Friends


The Return Of Bergy
Forward Sean Bergenheim (Getty Images)

Forward Sean Bergenheim stood outside the Panthers locker room, talking to the media Friday morning about his most likely return to the lineup Friday night against the Sabres when asked about finally seeing his first action in a long time.

Walking by, fellow forward Tomas Kopecky shouted out "two years" as the answer to that question and while it hasn't exactly been that long since Bergenheim last played (April 26, 2012), the forward did admit that there will most likely be some butterflies.

"I'm not nervous right now but I'm sure I'll get some butterflies before the game here tonight," said Bergenheim. "Kind of just feeling really good and ready. That's what the feeling I have right now."

Bergenheim last skated for the Panthers in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against New Jersey, leading the way for the Cats with six points (3-3-6) in the seven games. That followed up his first regular season in a Panthers uniform where he posted a career-high 17 goals.

After going through multiple surgeries while missing the entire season, Bergenheim has missed the game the most.

"I'm really happy to be back. For sure I've missed this," said Bergenheim. "It's been a while but to be honest I don't feel it's been that long. Like when I look at how many months it's been since I played, I don't feel that on the ice."

Going through multiple surgeries, Bergenheim said that he was off the ice for about nine months, the most since he started skating at the age of three and while other Panthers have played around 15 games already (including pre-season), he wants to catch up as soon as possible.

"I take it one game at a time. I think tonight is one game and I'm going to build on that," said Bergenheim. "I'm sure there's going to be ton of stuff I can do better then Sunday game's come and I'll play better than what I did today and then the next game and so forth. I just want to build on every game and catch these guys. Hopefully I feel that I have been playing the whole time as soon as I can. I just want to get my game to that level as soon as I can."

All Bergenheim is looking forward to do from the get go is bring his normal game.

"In the end, the mindset, the battling and the energy and all that I'm sure I can provide," said Bergenheim. "Then it's the position and shots and all the quick plays you need to make. I'm sure I'm going to need to get adjusted really quick on that."

Bergenheim skated on a line with Scott Gomez and Jesse Winchester at Friday's morning skate and when asked about it following the session, head coach Kevin Dineen said that he won't be worked in slowly.

"There's no such thing as working anybody in slowly," said Dineen. "This is the NHL and you better be prepared or it's not going to work out for you."

And that's because Dineen likes to roll four lines when he can so Bergenheim should see plenty of shifts when he returns.

"We like to think of ourselves as a four line team that we have to roll our whole group and when we do that and we do it effectively and we have everyone running it makes a difference," said Dineen. "Over the course of games we shortened things up at different spots.

"Four lines going and going hard makes for a pretty effective team."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

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

 
FloridaPanthers.com is the official Web site of the Florida Panthers. Florida Panthers and floridapanthers.com are trademarks of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks and NHL Draft name and logo are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.