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Ready to Step In: Ellis To Hit Milestone With New Club

New goalie pair puts Panthers in a good position for the future

Saturday, 03.22.2014 / 10:00 AM / News
By Adelyn Biedenbach  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Ready to Step In: Ellis To Hit Milestone With New Club
The next start for Florida\'s Dan Ellis will be the 200th of his NHL Career. \r\n
Goaltender Dan Ellis warms up before a Panthers game at BB&T Center (Getty Images).

The next start for Florida’s “other” new goaltender will be the 200th of his career.

While it will be just his second as a member of his new club, there’s a face behind the Panthers bench who is familiar with Dan Ellis’ style of play and dedication to the sport.

"He handles the puck really well, he's like another D back there,” said Interim Head Coach Peter Horachek, who worked with Ellis in Nashville.

Acquired one day before the NHL trade deadline from the Dallas Stars in exchange for Tim Thomas, Ellis brings eight years of NHL experience from five different teams to Florida.

"I think it's an exciting place to be,” said Ellis, who noted upon his arrival that the Panthers new ownership has provided stability to the organization.

Drafted by Dallas in the second round (60th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry draft, Ellis appeared in his first NHL game in 2003. The 33-year-old Saskatoon, SK native has honed his skills with the Stars, Predators, Ducks, Hurricanes and Lightning.

“He’s very calm with the puck and very confident with the puck,” said Horachek. “He’s capable of stepping in and winning.” He has won “some big games and stopped a lot of shots.”

Fitting into the future of the Panthers franchise both in personality and play, Ellis and Roberto Luongo solidify goaltending for the Cats as they finish out the season stretch and look forward to next year.

"I think long term for the future of the team, even further down the road than this year or even next year, it's a good set up," said Horachek.

Likely to make his milestone start this weekend during back-to-back games against LA and Anaheim, Ellis wants to end the year on a high note.

“You want to be able to make a good final push and get yourself in a position that will get you expecting to win next year,” said Ellis.

Ellis made his first start with the Panthers on March 13, making 23 saves in Florida’s 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"Whatever games I get to play in, I have to try to play the best I can,” said Ellis after his first practice with the team, “Otherwise I'm going to try to help Roberto Luongo be the best goalie he can be.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 45 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 45 6 21 5 27
J. Huberdeau 42 8 17 1 25
J. Jokinen 44 4 21 -2 25
B. Boyes 43 10 11 2 21
J. Hayes 37 13 7 -1 20
S. Bergenheim 34 7 9 1 16
A. Barkov 34 5 9 -5 14
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 11 8 .920 2.43
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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