Denis Potvin Returns as Panthers’ Color Analyst, Bill Lindsay Shifts To New Role

Who says you can never go home again?

Fox Sports Florida underwent a roster shake up this morning to their Florida Panthers’ broadcast crew by announcing the return of former Panthers color analyst Denis Potvin to their crew.

Potvin has spent the past four seasons with Rogers Sportnet providing color commentary for the Senators after his departure from the Panthers in 2009.

Panthers President and CEO Rory Babich had this to say: “We are pleased to welcome Denis back to the broadcast booth for the Florida Panthers. With an exciting season on the ice right around the corner, the addition of Denis, a hockey legend with long-term ties to the organization, to the existing broadcast team of Steve, Billy and Drew promises to provide an enhanced experience for our TV viewers with one of the premier broadcast teams in the NHL.”

“Billy” AKA Bill Lindsay will be shifting to a pre-game, post-game and interview analytic role with FOX Sports alongside Drew Goldfarb.

One key aspect to the Potvin hire is highlighted by Brett Opdyke, the executive producer of FOX Sports Florida: “It also allows us to showcase Bill’s analyst skills on our Panthers LIVE! shows, and gives our broadcasts the added bonus of a second analyst “between the benches” on marquee games.”

This will no doubt be a welcome addition for Panthers fans.

Regardless of the outcome of the 2014-2015 season, we know that the ones under the sun will be covered from top to bottom.

Panther Parkway Radio: Game Recap, Brad Boyes, College Cats, Trading & Free Agency

Tune in to tonight’s show where we discuss the biggest Florida Panthers news of the week!

Host: Paige Lewis

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

Topics

  • Montreal Game Recap
  • Should the Panthers finish season on a high note?
  • Brad Boyes slowing down without Barkov
  • What position do the Panthers need to address first and foremost?
  • College Cats
  • Should we trade out first round pick?

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Panther Parkway Post-Game: Panthers vs. Senators

Stars of the game

1st: Roberto Luongo (37-39 saves – .949 sv%)

2nd: Sean Bergenheim (1G-0A-1P)

3rd: Brandon Pirri (0G-0A-0P)

Goals (Panthers 3, Senators 2, Shootout)

OTT: Mark Stone (2) Assists: Erik Karlsson, Kyle Turris

OTT: Clarke MacArthur (22) (Powerplay) Assists: Patrick Wiercioch, Kyle Turris

FLA: Sean Bergenheim (15) Assists: Brian Campbell, Nick Bjugstad

FLA: Vincent Trocheck (3) Assists: Scottie Upshall, Tomas Fleischmann

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Game Day Preview: Panthers vs. Senators. I Can Take You Higher.

FLORIDA PANTHERS: 13-17-5 (31 PTS.) vs. OTTAWA SENATORS: 14-16-6 (34 PTS)

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Game Day Song I’m On Fire. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

The Florida Panthers are “on fire” continuing their charge through Canada taking on the Ottawa Senators tonight in hopes of winning their fifth straight game.  Should Florida be victorious, they’ll have climbed within three games of .500 on the season.  A task that just a few short weeks ago seemed insermountable.  Tuesday night’s victory over the “mediocre” Toronto Maple Leafs was just another example of a complete team effort from all 18 skaters, as well as goaltender Scott Clemmensen, who may be the real star behind this streak.

The victory over the Leafs on Tuesday was referred to in many Toronto and Canadian media outlets as embarrassing.  Typical reaction to a team that apparently no one has paid attention to that has finally started to put things together, and play as a unit.  Both Maple Leafs players and coaches refused to give credit to an opponent that thoroughly outplayed them, finding it easier to place blame on defeat elswhere.  Like playing back to back games, which if Ottawa loses tonight, will use as their main reason for taking one on the chin.  The Senators played the New Jersey Devils last night, and will of course be tired when this tilt gets under way this evening.  Right?

The Panthers who have looked refreshed, and committed for the past couple of weeks are now 6-4-0 in their past 10 games, and appear to have removed the “stink” from their game, and have left their early season struggles behind.  We hate to continue to point to the firing of Kevin Dineen as one of the reasons for the turnaround, but it cannot be helped to see how much better the Panthers are playing since.  Also, the trade of Kris Versteeg back to Chicago for forward Jimmy Hayes and defenceman Dylan Olsen has also made a tremendous difference.  In 11 games Olsen has 8 points, is a plus 3, and has looked exceptional being paired off with Erik Gudbranson.  Big G has also looked like a new man since the trade, and is playing with a more assertive mindset, and is looking like the player the Panthers felt they were drafting in 2010.  Overall the defence of the team has dramtically improved, and whatever coach Peter Horachek is preaching, the players are buying.

Yet, we cannot ignore the play of veteran backup goaltender Scott Clemmensen.  The 36 year old has won his last three starts which included as we all know an outstanding performance in the shootout against the Washington Capitals this past Friday.  Whether the team and Clemmensen have continued to feed off that performance isn’t known for sure, but what is known is that Scottie looks very comfortable.  A player that has taken a lot of grief whereever he’s played, Clemmensen knows his role, doesn’t complain, and has been ready to answer the bell whenever called on.  His role isn’t an easy one, and it is easy to throw darts at him when he’s struggled, but no one has been more professional throughout their career than he has.  If he can maintain this pace, it may no longer be necessary for Tim Thomas to start 15 consecutive games when he returns from his lower body injury.

The Senators on the other hand are struggling compared to what their pre season expectations were.  The addition of Bobby Ryan following the loss of Daniel Alfredssson hasn’t been enough to compensate for the loss of their long time leader.  Even with the career year Clarke MacArthur is having, the Senators are still inconsistent.  Their problems seem to be on defence as they’ve allowed the second most goals in the Eastern conference, as both Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner have struggled at times.

Ottawa has won both games these two have played this season, yet those were before the Panthess got their act together.  While Florida typically struggles in the Canadian capital, they could find the Senators ripe for picking, and if they play like they have in their past two road games, a fifth consecutive victory isn’t out of the question.  A fast start, a quick goal, and continued pressure are the ingredients to success for Florida.  In the 3 games that Clemmensen has won during the streak, Florida has limited opponents to under 30 shots against.  Tim Thomas was the benefactor of the same in his two victories over the Red Wings, indicating what the Panthers need to do on defence.

Hot Stuff:

The line of Aleksander Barkov, Sean Bergenheim and Brad Boyes combined for 5 points on Tuesday night against the Maple Leafs.  That line looks as though they have some serious chemistry, and could be a dangerous trio with a ton of skill.  During the game I dubbed them the “Whizz Bang Gang”.  Whether that sticks or not, we’ll see, yet I’m trying to be more creative than just Killer B’s.

ON FIRE:

* Dylan Olsen 7 points in 7 games

* Aleksander Barkov 4 points in 4 games

* Bobby Ryan 6 points in 6 games

* Kyle Turris 4 points in 4 games

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Hockey Court: Damien Brunner Scores a Beauty, Should it Have Counted?

A night before they are tasked with taking on the red hot Florida Panthers, the Ottawa Senators found themselves at the mercy of the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.

Already up 3-1 as the 2nd period was coming to a close, Devils’ forward Damien Brunner pulled off a move that would quell any thoughts of a potential Senators’ comeback.

Attempting to corral a bouncing puck in his own zone, Senators’ defenseman Jared Cowen was caught off guard as Brunner separated him from both the puck and his stick. After acquiring the puck, Brunner used several dekes to slip a sneaky backhand past a helpless Robin Lehner in net. The Devils would go on to win by a final score of 5-2 as the Senators continue to slide down the Eastern Conference standings.

While there is no doubt that Brunner’s goal was both an impressive display of athleticism and the final nail in the Senators’ coffin, a question does arise after several viewings of the play – should the goal have counted?

Was it a clean goal or did a slash by Brunner go unnoticed by officials?

Vote below!

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Video: Jason Spezza’s Shootout Moves Are Too Much For Steve Mason

Deadlocked at four goals each as the third period came to a close, the Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers headed to a shootout to decide who would be declared the victor of Monday night’s contest.

Unfortunately for the Flyers, Senators’ forward Jason Spezza had some tricks up his sleeve that he had been saving for an occasion such as this. With no goals scored through the first two rounds of the shootout, Spezza unleashed a series of dekes that would pull Flyers’ netminder Steve Mason out of position, giving way to what would eventually be the game’s deciding goal.

Once again, Jason Spezza gets the last laugh.

Enjoy the video below!

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GIF: Florida Fan Doesn’t Appreciate Craig Anderson’s Gatorade Spit

While it may be easy to make a face of displeasure after yet another tough loss for the Panthers last night, it was Ottawa Senators’ goaltender Craig Anderson that had one particular fan disgusted. Enjoying her excellent – and most likely very affordable – seats on the glass for the Tuesday night’s match-up in Sunrise, a female fan was treated to not only a night of hockey, but also the Gatorade spitting abilities of the Senators’ netminder.

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Video: Tim Thomas Talks Following 4-2 Loss to Senators

A 2-0 first period lead wasn’t enough to lead the Florida Panthers to a much needed victory on Tuesday night as the struggling Cats fell to the Ottawa Senators by a final score of 4-2. Even with an early dose of momentum, the Panthers were unable to hold a lead as the Senators’ high powered offense proved too much for their defensively challenged Panthers.

Not far removed from being pulled during a blowout loss to the New York Rangers only a few days ago, Panthers’ netminder Tim Thomas played well in his 12th straight start of the season.

Even in a loss, Thomas played an exceptional game given the circumstances, stopping 41 of 45 shots while being the victim of at least one flukey goal.

Here is what Thomas had to say about the Cats suffering through yet another loss.

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Panthers Sign D Matt Gilroy

Source: Michael Miller (WikiMedia Commons)

Source: Michael Miller (WikiMedia Commons)

With Free Agency already underway, the Panthers have been quite active re-signing RFA Shawn Matthias, UFA Joey Crab, Jesse Winchester, and trading tough guy George Parros to MTL. In addition to these three signings and trades, the Florida Panthers announced Monday afternoon that they inked New York Rangers defenseman, Matt Gilroy.

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Panthers Sign Jesse Winchester

With Free Agency already underway, the Panthers have been quite active re-signing RFA Shawn Matthias, and UFA Joey Crab. In addition to these two signings, the Florida Panthers announced Friday afternoon that they will be signing Ottawa Senators C Jesse Winchester for 1 year.

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