Aleksander Barkov puts on a show at Development Camp

After Jonathan Drouin of the Tampa Bay Lightning was seen showing off his sweet moves during the Bolts prospect camp this past week, cross-state counterpart Aleksander Barkov, who went one pick ahead of Drouin in the 2013 NHL draft, gave fans a show of his own.

At the end of day 2 of Panthers development camp, the prospects had a little fun with shootout drills. Barkov was instructed to shoot twice, and boy he did not disappoint.

One-handed? No problem. I’d say he has pretty strong wrists.

Yeah. He’s good.


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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.

Video: Scott Clemmensen’s Kick Save Denies Martin St. Louis

On a night in which the Florida Panthers allowed six goals to their cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning, remarkably it was a stunning save by backup goaltender Scott Clemmensen that highlighted the Panthers’ otherwise woeful evening.

Already down 2-1 midway through the 2nd period of Monday night’s game, the Panthers’ evening was about to get worse as Lightning captain Martin St. Louis blew past defenseman Tom Gilbert and found himself with a clean breakaway to the wary Panther goaltender.

Opting to commit to an early poke check, Clemmensen found himself out of position and left the majority of his net exposed – or so he thought.

With an open net ripe for the taking, St. Louis was stunned as Clemmensen was able to sprawl out and make a last second kick save on what would have given the Bolts a two goal lead.

Although the wheels soon fell off for the Panthers who would eventually go on to lose by a final score of 6-1, Clemmensen’s beautiful save briefly gave the over 15,000 in attendance something to stand up cheer about.

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Familiar Start Ends With Familiar Result For Panthers

At some point, the Florida Panthers will realize that digging a two-goal deficit is not the way to win hockey games. Seven times in twelve games this season, the Panthers have found themselves in a 2-0 hole (or worse) and have compiled a record of 0-5-2 in those games. The latest came Sunday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Lightning as the Panthers dropped a 4-3 shootout decision.

Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos put the Cats down less than five minutes into the game, leaving yet another mountain to climb.
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Panthers Lifeless In Tampa

There’s not too much recap here as the Florida Panthers had a team put up a touchdown on them for the second time in three games. This time, the culprit was the cross-state Tampa Bay Lightning, who took advantage of a sloppy effort from the Cats at both ends of the ice in a 7-2 thrashing.
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Panthers and Lightning Will Compete For “Governor’s Cup” This Season

With the Panthers and Lightning set to kick of their first of four games during the 2013-2014 season tonight, it looks as if the two Sunshine State foes will be battling for more than just wins and losses this year. In an act taken right out of a college football rivalry, the in-state hockey rivals will now be playing for a unique piece of hardware, the “Governor’s Cup”.

From the Lightning’s team site:

The winner of the annual season series between the two Atlantic Division and in-state rivals will be awarded the Governor’s Cup following the final matchup of the season and each team will make a donation to the other team’s youth hockey initiatives. In addition, both teams will provide tickets to local students for Governor’s Cup games and select players will take part in local reading programs throughout the season.

Governor Rick Scott said, “The Sunshine State is a national leader in sports, and the creation of the Governor’s Cup is great news for Florida hockey. This competition is an excellent way to highlight the opportunities that Floridians, and our visitors, have to enjoy all of the wonderful activities that our state has to offer.”

The winner of the Governor’s Cup is determined by the team with the most points during the four Governor’s Cup games (two points for a win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss, and zero points for a regulation loss). The first tiebreaker is goal difference.

With the introduction of the Governor’s Cup, a rivalry that has been mostly dormant for the past 20 seasons will receive a shot in the arm as both teams strive to make their mark on the NHL scene once again.

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Game Day Preview and Discussion: Lightning vs. Panthers

FLORIDA PANTHERS: 1-2-0 (2 PTS) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: 2-1-0 (4 PTS)


Game Day Song: “I Can Change” – LCD Soundsystem 

In the last leg of a grueling four game road-trip to begin their 2013-2014 campaign, the Florida Panthers will get their first taste of the Sunshine State rivalry this season tonight as they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning before heading home to take on the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. Not suiting up for the Panthers tonight will be starting goaltender Tim Thomas who suffered a “slight groin pull” in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers. However, fans should still have reason to feel optimistic as youthful goaltender Jacob Markstrom will get the start in net tonight after stopping all 25 shots he faced in relief against the Flyers. Though it is reported that Thomas’ injury most likely won’t keep him out for an extended period of time, Markstrom could still grasp this opportunity and use it to earn more starts down the line as he still looks to prove himself as an everyday NHL goaltender early on in his career.

While you may think that losing their starting goaltender three games into the season would be the Panthers’ biggest cause for concern at this point, that is sadly the least of their worries. Heading into tonight’s game in Tampa, the Panthers have still yet to register a power play goal – going an astounding 0-16 with an extra man this season thus far. Although the Panthers’ power play has proven to be formidable in the past – 6th in the league last season – it is possible that the arrival of so many new faces has disrupted the Panthers’ once potent chemistry on the power play. For example, Tom Gilbert, who joined the team right before the season started, has clocked the 2nd most power play minutes on the team this season. Hopefully for the Panthers’ sake, once the team is given more time gel, the power play will start to click once again.

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Panther Parkway Radio: Fan Question Segment

The Florida Panthers are just a few hours away from taking the opening face-off to kick off the Rookie Camp games at Saveology Iceplex in Coral Springs. For tonight’s podcast, we did things a little differently. This past week, we’ve been asking you guys to ask us hockey related questions, which would be answered tonight on our podcast. So here it is…Enjoy!

Host: Paige Lewis

Guests: Frank Rekas, Dave Lasseter and Jameson Cooper


  • Olympic Goalies
  • Projected lines for opening night
  • Who could switch to the wing?
  • Goalie dilemma
  • Favorite Panther of all time
  • Rookie Camp

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NHL Announces Outdoor Game in Miami (Humor)

Marlins Park (Miami Marlins)

Marlins Park (Miami Marlins)

(Editors Note: This piece is meant to be taken as satire. All facts, quotes, and reports are fabricated. Enjoy!)

Earlier this year, the NHL announced that it would be adding five more outdoor games next season to accompany the already immensely popular Winter Classic. While games in New York and Chicago were welcome with open arms, the announcement that a game would be held in the warm climate of Los Angeles was met with some skepticism. Well, the skeptics are going to need to get their sunscreen ready as the NHL announced today that the league will also be adding one more outdoor game in the tropical hockey capital of the world – Miami, Florida.

But, before I discuss the details behind this exciting announcement, let me first take you back to where this all began.

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