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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 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 63 22 16 -8 38
J. Huberdeau 60 9 27 4 36
J. Jokinen 62 6 28 0 34
A. Ekblad 63 10 23 8 33
B. Boyes 61 11 21 9 32
J. Jagr 59 12 19 -9 31
J. Hayes 54 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 63 3 20 3 23
A. Barkov 52 10 12 -4 22
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 5 6 2 .891 2.98
 
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