Panthers Release 2014 Pre-Season Schedule

The Florida Panthers have announced the pre-season schedule for the upcoming 2014-2015 NHL season.

The Panthers will play 6 exhibition games, split between the Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars. The Panthers will mix it up this season and play the Predators in Nashville for their annual doubleheader on September 27th .

Below is the full pre-season schedule:

Wednesday, September 24th – Stars vs. Panthers at the BB&T Center @ 7:30pm

Saturday, September 27th – Panthers vs. Predators at the Bridgestone Arena @ 4:00 pm

Saturday, September 27th – Panthers vs. Predators at the Bridgestone Arena @ 8:00pm

Monday, September 29th – Panthers vs. Stars at the American Airlines Center @ 8:30pm

Thursday, October 2nd – Bolts vs. Panthers at the BB&T Centers @ 7:30pm

Saturday, October 4th – Panthers vs. Bolts at the Tampa Bay Times Forum @ 7:00pm

 

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Which NHL Playoff Team Should You Root For?

Panther Parkway Playoff Preview

We’re hours away from puck drop for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs and it donned on me (and on all around good guy Jameson Cooper) that there may be thousands and possibly millions of you readers out there who don’t have a vetted interest in a team this year. Your team may have not made it to the post-season, you could be a new fan or you could have amnesia…if that’s the case, thanks for reading and consult a physician immediately after reading this post. Whatever the reason may be, if you need to latch on to a team for the post-season then do I have a piece for you! There are 16 teams in this year’s post season, some are good, some are really good, some are really really really good and some are just OK. Let’s take a look at which team may be a good fit for you.

Anaheim Ducks

Do you like Disney movies about a scrappy gang of youths melded together by the bonds of teamwork, being poor, and national pride? If so then the Ducks could be the team you’re looking for. Don’t be confused by their captain’s lack of hair – he’s amazing at hockey and will not let you down if you’re looking for a deep playoff run. The kicker is 92 year Teemu Selanne, who is retiring at the end of these playoffs, so if you’re into nostalgia and crying then you’re on the right path.

Boston Bruins

Nobody in their right mind should cheer for the Bruins so if you’re not in your right mind you can cheer for them I guess. Also I hate you.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks have been the toast of the NHL for a while now. If you’re that person who wants instant gratification then hitch your horse to the wagon and hang on for dear life. If you’re the person who has never seen a Rocky movie, watches Rocky 4 ,and then tells everyone that you love every Rocky movie then cheer for the Blackhawks.

Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche is made up from a group of young players with an excessive amount of high-end dynamic talent. Players like Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene (injured, but still), Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O’Reilly and Paul Stastny, will surely make your eyes pop out of your head. They’re also coached by a crazy person. Their playoff hashtag is #whynotus so if you’re into innovative playoff hashtags you might want to look elsewhere for a team to support.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets have made the playoffs for the 2nd time in their history. Good for them right? If you like an underdog and or jokes about fellatio then you should fit right in with this fanbase. The Blue Jackets are this year’s working class blue-collar team so if you get a kick out of those Ford F-150 commercials where the announcer is pretty much reading everything on the screen, then go ahead and cheer for the Jackets.

Dallas Stars

Jamie Benn, best player by far, has led his Stars to the last playoff spot in the West. I’m sure all of Texas is behind them but if you feel like hootin’ and hollerin’ and ho-downin’ and other Texas slangs then hop right on this chuck wagon!

Detroit Red Wings

Detroit has made the playoffs 23 years in a row. They have won only 4 Stanley Cups in that span, so if you like high winning percentages, then don’t root for the Red Wings. If you like Sweden, rookies, cool breakaway moves and great coaching then they may be right up your alley.

Los Angeles Kings

All of LA’s top C list celebrities are totally into the Kings so if you want to head to Staples Center and snap a selfie with Matthew Perry then you’re in the right ballpark. The Kings are a team that Wayne Gretzky used to play for so if you want to impress your friends with that bit of trivia when explaining your fandom then wear that silver and black.

Minnesota Wild

Minnesota is the self-proclaimed “State of Hockey” which would be accurate if Michigan, New York, New Jersey, California, Missouri, Florida, Arizona, Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Colorado, Texas and Pennsylvania all didn’t have hockey teams too. Liars.

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal has won the most Stanley Cups out of any NHL franchise with 24. They haven’t won one since 1993 so if you’re looking to get on board with a group of self-entitled history-clutching crazies, who are desperately waiting to see a cup win in their lifetime then mon ami/e you are knocking at the right door. Poutine is fantastic too, that should be good enough.

New York Rangers

The Rangers are one of three teams in New York (keep thinking of that third one). They’re like the Yankees if the Yankees have only won 4 World Series ever and haven’t won one since 1994 and the one before that was in 1940. If you like not having lofty expectations met then go put on a blue shirt.

Philadelphia Flyers

They sing America the Beautiful instead of the Star Spangled Banner so if you like alternate forms of patriotism then cheer for the Flyers. They’re also historically violent, made the Red Army team refuse to play against them because of it and their fans have the reputation of being a-holes. If this made you mad then you’re probably a Flyers fan already.

Pittsburgh Penguins

If you like cheering for the best at anything then step right up and feast your eyes on Sidney Crosby. Supporting the best hockey player in the world is reason enough to cheer for the Penguins and fans have been doing just that since 2005. I’d like to point out that former arguably best player in the world Mario Lemieux partly owns the team and will be shown frequently on TV throughout these playoffs so if you like passing torches from generation to generation then grab a Pens jersey and get ready to be disappointed by Marc Andre Fleury.

San Jose Sharks

The Sharks have never won a Stanley Cup and have the unfortunate reputation of being “playoff chokers.” If you like great teams with great players then cheer for the Sharks. If you like teal then cheer for the Sharks. If you like the Jaws theme song then cheer for the Sharks. If you want to get offended every time someone mentions the word “choke” then sheer for the Sharks. If you want to be part of their first cup win then don’t cheer for the Sharks because they’re kind of chokers.

St. Louis Blues

Another team without a Cup win ever. A lot of people don’t like the Blues so if you’re a fan of being the outcast who sticks up for their team no matter what horrible thing they do that makes everyone else angry then cheer for the Blues. American almost hero Ryan Miller is their starting goalie. You probably heard of him a few years ago.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Led by elite sniper Steven Stamkos for now, the Lightning are one of those cool teams that doesn’t end in an S. If you like the Oklahoma City Thunder then DEFINITELY cheer for the Lightning because then you can make your twitter handle @ThunderandLightning and you’ll be really cool.

By now you should have a team that suits you perfectly. If you’re still undecided, then refresh this page and read the post again. Go Hockey Go, enjoy the playoffs folks.

Panther Parkway Post-Game: Panthers vs. Stars

Stars of the game

1st: Sean Bergenheim (1G-0A-1P- GW Goal)

2nd: Brandon Pirri (1G-1A-2P)

3rd: Tyler Seguin (1G-1A-2P)

Goals (Panthers 3, Stars 2)

DAL: Jamie Benn (33)  Assists: Tyler Seguin, Trevor Daley

DAL: Tyler Seguin  (36) (Power Play) Assists: Alex Goligoski, Trevor Daley

FLA: Scottie Upshall (15) Assists: Erik Gudbranson, Brandon Pirri

FLA: Brandon Pirri (12) Assists: Jimmy Hayes, Bobby Butler

FLA: Sean Bergenheim (16) Assists: Colby Robak, Scott Gomez

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Game Day Preview: Stars vs. Panthers. There Was No Place For Sorrow.

DALLAS STARS: 38-28-11 (87 PTS) vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS: 27-43-8 (62 PTS.)

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GAME DAY SONG Loose Ends, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

The Florida Panthers will host their second consecutive Western conference opponent this evening when Tim Thomas and the Dallas Stars visit the BB & T Center for the final matchup of the season between these two teams.  The first meeting was back on opening night in October when the Panthers ousted the Stars 4-2, with newly signed free agent Scott Gomez netting his first goal of the season. Since then Gomez has only scored one other time, but has been receiving praise of late from head coach Peter Horachek for his leadership on the ice.  Something this battered and bruised young team is in desperate need of.

There’ve been a number of changes since game one of the season for the Panthers.  They have a totally different look on the ice and behind the bench since that optimistic night in October.  Peter Horachek has replaced Kevin Dineen as the head coach, with assistants Brian Skrudland and John Maddenreplacing Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsey.  On the ice, Tim Thomas was sent to Dallas ironically, and Roberto Luongo is now the number one goalie with Dan Ellis as his back up.  Ellis came form the Stars in the Thomas trade, and both he and Bobby Lu have quickly found out that there’s a problem with defence here.  It’s expected that will be addressed in the off season.

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Panther Parkway Radio: Luongo Returns, Thomas and Goc Traded, Winners and Losers from Trade Deadline Day & More!

Tune in to tonight’s show where we discuss the biggest Florida Panthers news of the week with the acquisition of Roberto Luongo! Also, the guys and gals of Panther Parkway discuss the Tim Thomas and Marcel Goc trades, as well as the winners and losers of Trade Deadline day!

Host: Paige Lewis

Guests:  Jameson Cooper and Mike Lewis (no relations to Paige)

Topics

  • Luongo returns, Matthias and Markstrom traded
  • Tim Thomas traded to Dallas, Dan Ellis traded to Florida
  • Marcel Goc traded to Pittsburgh. Who replaces him?
  • What does the future of our team look like now?
  • Winners and losers of Trade Deadline day.

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Roberto Luongo and Dan Ellis Ready to be Panthers New 1-2 Punch in Net

While it’s not uncommon for an NHL team to add a goaltender at the trade deadline, the Florida Panthers made headlines when they replaced not just one, but both of their netminders.

Out are Tim Thomas and Scott Clemmensen, in are Roberto Luongo and Dan Ellis.

Already the franchises all-time leader in several goaltending categories, Luongo, who was re-introduced as a Panther yesterday, will look to add a sense of stability in-between the pipes for the Panthers as they hope to build a contender over the coming seasons.

Roberto Luongo ( Kelsey Hinds @kelsey1344 )

Roberto Luongo ( Kelsey Hinds @kelsey1344 )

“It was nice to get on the ice and just do what I do,” Luongo said after his first practice in Florida. “It’s been a long time since I’ve played as a Panther here. I’m excited to play in front of the crowd, hopefully there will be a lot of them.”

Currently sitting 16 points out of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, Luongo noted that although the playoffs are no longer a likely possibility, there is still a lot to play for in the team’s final 21 games of the season.

“I think it’s important to have the right mindset for the last 20 games,” said Luongo. “You want to bring a winning attitude into the dressing room and install that and make sure that even though the games don’t mean much, you want to play hard … I think guys know that, especially guys playing for jobs.”

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Tim Thomas Traded to Dallas in Exchange for Dan Ellis

Yesterday, the Florida Panthers had the irony of a possible Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo tandem in net, but unfortunately for twitter users and hockey faithful, the Thomas and Luongo jokes will be put on pause as the Panthers announced Wednesday afternoon that they have traded Thomas to the Dallas Stars for G Dan Ellis.

Thomas, 39, has competed in 40 games with the Panthers since signing as a free agent last summer, posting a record of 16-20-3, while recording a .909 save percentage.

Though Thomas had a no-trade clause (NTC) to his contract, the signing of Luongo all but solidified Thomas’ future with the Panthers organization. When asked about waving his NTC, he told George Richards of the Miami Herald, “That’s something that hadn’t been discussed until this point. That needs some discussion before comment.”

With years of experience, a Stanley Cup and a Conn Smythe to his resume, Thomas has the credentials any playoff contender would be lucky to have.

Ellis, 33, has a cap hit of $900,000 and is signed until the 2014-2015 season. He has competed in 14 games with the Stars this season, sporting a .900 save percentage.

Panther Parkway wishes Tim Thomas the best of luck in Dallas!

Thanks for reading and we welcome your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Panther Parkway Radio: Game 1&2 Discussions, Flyers, Goalies & More

The Florida Panthers have kicked off their 20th anniversary season this week playing two games already, notching a terrific win against the Dallas Stars and then losing miserably to the St. Louis Blues just two days later.  Still very early on in the season, but we have a ton of information to talk about on tonight’s episode! For tonight’s podcast, we will be discussing everything that has been going on this past week, including both games the Panthers have played in, the Philadelphia Flyers disastrous team, goal-tender situations around the NHL and more!

Host: Paige Lewis

Guests: Dave Lasseter and Jameson Cooper

Topics

  • Dissecting the Panthers 7-0 loss agains the St. Louis Blues
  • Panthers 4-2 games against the Dallas Stars. Who stood out?
  • Philadelphia Flyers are just silly
  • Goalie Situation around the NHL

Click the link below for today’s podcast!

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We welcome and encourage comments and feedback!

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Strong Third Period Propels Panthers In Season Debut

The Florida Panthers have waited since April to wash the horrible taste of last season out of their collective mouth. After giving up a goal very reminiscent of last season with 12:28 left in the third period to fall into a 2-1 deficit, it appeared that the Cats may have to wait another night to do so. Rather than fold, Florida rallied with three unanswered goals in the game’s final ten minutes to down the Dallas Stars 4-2 in the season opener for both teams.

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Video: Aleksander Barkov Scores 1st Career NHL Goal

Just like it was last season, the Florida Panthers once again not only opened their season with a victory, but also earned a big goal from their top-rookie. While it was Jonathan Huberdeau that got the scoring started during last season’s opener, it was 18-year-old Aleskander Barkov’s turn to make headlines for the Panthers as they kicked off the 2013-2014 season against the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. Using his massive frame, Barkov was able to showoff his exceptional puck handling and protection throughout the majority night, constantly holding off wary Stars’ skaters.

While passing the eye test may have been enough to garner high marks in his debut, Barkov went above and beyond expectations when he tied the game at two during the third period after fending off traffic in front of the net long enough to sneak a puck past Stars’ goaltender Kari Lehtonen. Amazingly, Barkov’s 3rd period tally made him the youngest player to score a goal in the NHL’s post-expansion era (1967).

Barkov will look to earn his first career goal scoring streak when the Florida Panthers take on the St. Louis Blues this Saturday.

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