|5||FLORIDA||+200||Ov 5.5,-110||+195||Ov 5.5,+100|
|6||PITTSBURGH||-240||Un 5.5,-110||-235||Un 5.5,-120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8-16-0||-5.2||8-16||-5.2||9-12||2.2||29.3||3.1||29.4|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1||2-3||-1||1-4||1.8||30.8||2.2||34.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||48||111||25||39||41||6||8||1400||7.9%||161||15||9.3%||167|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||24||52||10||20||20||2||3||703||7.4%||91||6||6.6%||81|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||3||3||2||1||1||154||5.8%||19||0||0.0%||14|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||147||44||52||44||7||8||1451||10.1%||145||33||22.8%||247|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||74||23||25||23||3||3||706||10.5%||70||17||24.3%||125|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||1||4||5||1||0||171||6.4%||13||0||0.0%||19|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (All Games)||12||10||293||262||89.4%||0||5-5||+0.9||5-5-0||+1||4-4|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Road Games)||7||6||170||153||90.0%||0||3-3||+0.8||3-3-0||0||2-3|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||123||110||89.4%||0||2-2||+0.1||2-2-0||0||3-0|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (All Games)||12||9||285||249||87.4%||0||1-8||-7.4||1-8-0||-7||6-3|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Road Games)||5||3||117||100||85.5%||0||0-3||-3||0-3-0||-3||3-0|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||110||94||85.5%||0||0-4||-4.4||0-4-0||-4||3-1|
|TIM THOMAS (All Games)||29||29||870||798||91.7%||0||12-17||-2.4||12-17-0||-3||10-16|
|TIM THOMAS (Road Games)||15||15||418||381||91.1%||0||5-10||-3||5-10-0||-3||4-9|
|TIM THOMAS (Last 4 Games)||4||4||147||137||93.2%||0||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||20-3-0||+13.8||20-3||+13.8||12-9||3.7||31.9||2.1||29.0|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2.1||4-1||+2.1||4-1||4.0||33.0||3.4||29.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||48||156||39||56||55||6||9||1470||10.6%||158||39||24.7%||266|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||23||84||23||32||27||2||4||733||11.5%||72||18||25.0%||148|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||20||2||10||7||1||1||165||12.1%||15||2||13.3%||28|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||115||27||41||45||2||2||1331||8.6%||145||17||11.7%||193|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||49||9||24||16||0||0||666||7.4%||60||4||6.7%||83|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||3||5||8||1||0||147||11.6%||16||2||12.5%||28|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)||39||39||1053||966||91.7%||2||28-11||+12.7||28-11-0||+15||15-19|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Home Games)||20||20||567||529||93.3%||1||18-2||+13.9||18-2-0||+14||9-9|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||116||103||88.8%||0||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||3-1|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JEFF ZATKOFF (All Games)||10||9||276||250||90.6%||0||6-3||+0.4||6-3-0||0||7-2|
|JEFF ZATKOFF (Home Games)||4||3||99||88||88.9%||0||2-1||-0.1||2-1-0||0||3-0|
|JEFF ZATKOFF (Last 4 Games)||4||4||114||104||91.2%||0||3-1||+1.2||3-1-0||+1||3-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: FLORIDA 3.12, PITTSBURGH 3.08|
|12/28/2013||DETROIT||3-4||L||0, +105||L||5 ov||O|
|12/29/2013||MONTREAL||4-1||W||0, +100||W||5 ov||P|
|12/31/2013||NY RANGERS||1-2||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||U|
|1/4/2014||NASHVILLE||5-4||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||O|
|1/6/2014||at MONTREAL||1-2||L||0, +150||L||5 ov||U|
|1/9/2014||at BUFFALO||2-1||W||0, -135||W||5 un||U|
|1/11/2014||at NEW JERSEY||1-2||L||0, +130||L||5 un||U|
|1/14/2014||NY ISLANDERS||4-2||W||0, -105||W||5.5 ov||O|
|1/16/2014||SAN JOSE||0-3||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/18/2014||at CAROLINA||2-3||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/20/2014||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|1/21/2014||at BUFFALO|| |
|1/26/2014||at DETROIT|| |
|1/28/2014||at BOSTON|| |
|1/30/2014||at TORONTO|| |
|12/27/2013||at CAROLINA||4-3||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||O|
|12/29/2013||at COLUMBUS||5-3||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||O|
|12/31/2013||at NEW JERSEY||1-2||L||0, -140||L||5 ov||U|
|1/3/2014||NY RANGERS||5-2||W||0, -155||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/5/2014||WINNIPEG||6-5||W||0, -255||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/7/2014||at VANCOUVER||5-4||W||0, -135||W||5 ov||O|
|1/10/2014||at EDMONTON||3-4||L||0, -190||L||6 un||O|
|1/11/2014||at CALGARY||2-1||W||0, -190||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/15/2014||WASHINGTON||4-3||W||0, -205||W||5.5 ov||O|
|1/23/2014||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|1/25/2014||at DALLAS|| |
|1/30/2014||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|FLORIDA: SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - When the lockout ended and last season started for the Florida Panthers, there was so much promise.
A banner commemorating the team's division title was unfurled on opening night, the franchise's star-in-waiting scored on his first NHL shot and everything looked bright.
That good feeling disappeared in a hurry. The Panthers went from celebrating to collapsing without warning, and wound up finishing the season having given up more goals than any other team while being tied for last in goal-scoring - and posting the worst record in the NHL.
``It wasn't pleasant,'' Panthers captain Ed Jovanovski said.
One disaster after another - injuries and scoring droughts, mostly - plagued Florida last season, and the Panthers haven't forgotten. When camp opened earlier this month, the Panthers talked of both a need to move ahead but the necessity to remember how painful it was to be out of the playoff chase so early last season.
``I think we all pretty well know that we don't want to have another disaster like last year,'' Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. ``Guys are professional. They should be able to figure it out and if they don't figure it out, I'll figure it out for them.''
Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said his team cannot ignore the memory of last season's freefall. Not counting goals awarded in shootouts, Florida skaters scored 109 times last year, tied with Nashville for the worst total in the league.
``We had to acknowledge what happened as a group. We had to understand that there was ownership by all of us, from the GM to the coaching to the players and I think we all did that,'' Dineen said. ``I think the commitment was made to be better. There's been some hard decisions made this summer ... but we need to put a team and a style of that gives us the best chance to win.''
Changes were made, such as letting longtime Florida forward Stephen Weiss leave through free agency, and bringing Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Tim Thomas into the organization as a veteran influence. Thomas and Jacob Markstrom figure to get the bulk of the work in net early.
|PITTSBURGH: PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't panic when the bitter disappointment of last spring's sweep at the hands of the Boston Bruins wore off.
If anything, the Penguins went the other way. While other NHL powers underwent substantial roster overhauls, Pittsburgh did what it could to keep the core of one of the league's most consistent winners in tack.
The Penguins awarded coach Dan Bylsma with a contract extension shortly after getting swept by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals. Pittsburgh also reached agreements with former league MVP Evgeni Malkin and Norris Trophy finalist Kris Letang.
Penguins star Sidney Crosby says the Penguins don't need to change their approach to be a threat to win their second Stanley Cup in five years.
Pittsburgh opens the season Oct. 3 against New Jersey.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (FLORIDA-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Panthers-Penguins Preview* ===========================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Florida (18-23-7) at Pittsburgh (34-12-2), 7:00 p.m. EDT
The Pittsburgh Penguins are about to put their franchise-record home winning streak on the line, and the likelihood of it continuing seems high with the Florida Panthers coming to town.
The Penguins will aim for their 14th consecutive home win and ninth straight on home ice against the Panthers on Monday night in just their second game in a nine-day stretch.
After rallying for a 4-3 win over Washington on Wednesday, the Penguins (34-12-2) are 35-5-0 on home ice in the regular season since Feb. 22.
"It's a tough place to play, our building, and even though it didn't go our way at times ... we fought back and it's a great way to get the 13th win," coach Dan Bylsma said.
Jussi Jokinen and Olli Maatta each had a goal and an assist, both scoring in the final 8:25 to overcome the Capitals' third one-goal lead of the game.
"(Jokinen) told me before the game that it was about time for me to score a goal," Maatta told the team's official website after scoring the game winner with 1:54 left. "I did listen."
Jokinen has six points in his last three home games.
Sidney Crosby had an assist to extend his home point streak to 17 games, during which he has eight goals and 18 assists. Crosby, whose 68 points lead the NHL, has more points than the top three Panthers scorers combined (66).
Pittsburgh isn't concerned about having had a four-day break between games, its longest of the season.
"Guys feel fresh," forward James Neal told the team's official website. "You have to use that time off to your advantage, but you want to come back and act like you didn't have that break. It's a big game for us at home and we want to keep things rolling here in our home barn."
Getting healthy could help. Neal practiced Saturday after missing Wednesday's game with an upper-body injury, while defenseman Paul Martin (leg) and forwards Jayson Megna (lower body) and Chuck Kobasew (lower body) also skated with their teammates for the first time in weeks.
Some or all could be a go on Monday.
Overall, Pittsburgh is 5-0-1 with 24 goals since the calendar turned while the Panthers (18-23-7) have eight non-shootout goals during a 2-3-1 stretch.
Florida hasn't scored a power-play goal in its last nine, an 0-for-30 slump, though it's also killed all 23 short-handed situations in that time.
The Panthers are 1 for 40 with the man advantage in their last 12 road games after wasting five chances in Saturday's 3-2 loss at Carolina.
"The power play was not very good at times, but we have to be much better," coach Peter Horachek told the team's official website. "That is an area where we have to take a look at different people or something."
Tim Thomas continued his stellar play in the loss. Since returning from a six-game absence on Dec. 31, Thomas is 3-3-2 with a .935 save percentage.
"Thomas has been outstanding and continues to give us an opportunity to win," Horachek said. "Now we have to find a way to push harder in the third and find a way to score that big goal."
Thomas has struggled lately against Pittsburgh dating to his time in Boston. He's lost three straight against the Penguins with a 4.53 goals-against average and has been pulled from the last two, including a 5-1 home loss Nov. 30.
Penguins backup Jeff Zatkoff made a career-high 39 saves in that win after allowing six goals on 30 shots in a 6-3 loss at Florida on Oct. 11.
Evgeni Malkin has two goals and three assists against the Panthers this season.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 5:34:27 AM EST|