Panther Parkway Post-Game: Panthers vs. Ducks

Stars of the game

1st: Ryan Getzlaf (1G-2A-3P)

2nd: Corey Perry (1G-2A-3P)

3rd: Teemu Selanne (1G-1A-2P)

Goals (Anaheim 6, Panthers 2)

ANA: Patrick Maroon (7) (Powerplay) Assists: Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry

ANA: Teemu Selanne (9) Assists: Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf 

ANA: Jakob Silfverberg (8) (Short-handed) Assists: Unassisted 

FLA: Jimmy Hayes (10) Assists: Krys Barch, Dmitry Kulikov

FLA: Tomas Fleischmann (8) Assists: Vincent Trocheck

ANA: Kyle Palmieri (12) Assists: Mathieu Perreault, Patrick Maroon

ANA: Corey Perry (37) Assists: Sami Vatanen, Bryan Allen

ANA: Ryan Getzlaf (30) Assists: Teemu Selanne, Stephane Robidas

Highlight

Jimmy Hayes scored his 10th goal of the season, and heavy-weight Krys Barch recorded his 4th assist of the season.

Quote of the game

TBD

Tweet of the game

“Good Work, Captain Duck”

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Game Day Preview: Panthers vs. Ducks.

FLORIDA PANTHERS: 26-37-8 (60 PTS.) vs. ANAHEIM DUCKS: 45-18-7 (97 PTS.)

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GAME DAY SONG: Jungleland, by Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band (Featuring Clarence Clemmons)

A quick (pardon the pun) turnaround for the Florida Panthers as they take on the Anaheim Ducks tonight following yesterday’s matinée loss to the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 4-0.  The four game road trip against the top four Pacific division teams ends here, and if the Cats are able to salvage a win, they’ll come back to sunny South Florida with a 2-2-0 record.  Not too shabby considering the opponents they’ll have faced.

In yesterday’s game the Panthers came out with some energy for the first five minutes or so of the game, then the momentum swung towards the Kings when Ed Jovanovski took a slashing penalty seven minutes in.  Trevor Lewis of the Kings scored a couple of minutes later, then just a few seconds after Sean Bergenheim finished serving a minor for hooking, Mike Richards scored his 10th goal of the season to put the Kings up 2-0, and that was all Los Angelese would need.  The suffocation of the Panthers was well under way.  The Kings scored once in the second, and once in the third on their way to Jonathan Quicks fifth shutout of the season, and his record-setting 172nd win as a King.  Former Kings goalie Rogie Vachon was the previous leader in victories and was on hand to watch the win.

Quick wasn’t tested by the Panthers too much, but did make what could be one of the top 10 saves of the season against the snakebitten Tomas Fleischmann.  Flash had an opportunity to send a backhander towards what looked like a wide open net, but Quick with his Cat like reflexes denied the struggling winger, with a sparkling glove save.  The play was reviewed, and while we have no idea if a “top” view was available to see, the call on the ice stood, as Fleichsmann’s season long struggles continued.

As for tonight, the Ducks come into this game in third place in the Western conference, and have been off since Thursday.  The rest could be good as they have tapered off with a 3-4-2 record so far in March.  Their upcoming schedule however is in their favor as they face nine opponents who would not be in the playoffs if they started today.  Included in those nine games are three against the Edmonton Oilers.  Up until their loss to San Jose on Thursday, Anaheim had been in first place since early December in the Pacific division, and now find themselves four points behind the Sharks, but have two games in hand.

Ryan Getzlaf leads the Ducks in points with 76, and Corey Perry leads in goals with 36.  Getzlaf who has a great pair of hands, and is one of the premier playmaking centers in the league has five helpers in his last four games, while Perry has 9 points in his lat 9 games.

Anaheim is a lot like the Kings, except that they can score.  Their 222 goals put them fourth overall in the NHL.  Jonas Hiller is difficult to beat most nights, and is having another stellar season.  He carries in a record of 27-11-6 with 5 shutouts and a 2.46 GAA.

This will be the second matchup between the two teams, and Florida will be looking to sweep the two game set.  The Panthers won the first tilt back on November 12th in a come from behind victory that snapped a nine game losing streak at the time.  Dan Ellis will get the call tonight, and will be making his second start as a Panther since being acquired at the trade deadline from Dallas in the Tim Thomas deal.  In his first start for Florida Ellis gave up five goals in a loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

You’ve read this here many times before, and I am hoping to be proved wrong. The last game of long road trips, especially one’s that are on opposite coasts, are usually a death trap for struggling and inconsistent teams like the Panthers.  This will be their third game in four nights, and their fourth in six.  It’s hard not to have your sights set on going home and mailing it in.  That coupled with the fact that Anaheim should be refreshed not having played since Thursday, and hungry to reclaim first place in the Pacific division doesn’t bode well for Florida.

The Panthers will need to stay out of the penalty box, limit the shots against Ellis, and score a couple of goals early.  You’ve read that here before too.  However falling behind in Anaheim isn’t a good idea, as the Ducks are 24-7-4 on home ice.

 

Will A Team Overpay For Stephen Weiss?

Last week, the Anaheim Ducks made headlines both in the NHL and the world of finance when they re-signed star center Ryan Getzlaf to a 8-year, $66 million contract extension.  The $8.5 million cap puts Getzlaf tied with Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes as the 3rd highest cap hit of any center in the NHL, only behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Although he isn’t quite at the level of players a Sidney Crosby or John Tavares, Getzlaf is still widely considered to be an elite center and the Anaheim Ducks decided to pay him like he is one. Considering this is the first mega-deal since the ink has dried on the new CBA, this mammoth contract will set the stage for the entire 2013 offseason as free agents look for the biggest cash grabs around the NHL.

And that’s where Panthers’ center Stephen Weiss comes into play…

weiss michael millerHeading into the 2013 offseason, Weiss will be one of the most coveted free agent forwards in the entire NHL as teams scramble to bid for the services of the talented two-way center. While clearly Weiss is not in the same class as Ryan Getzlaf, the fact remains that many NHL team’s will want a player like Weiss to anchor their 2nd line during the 2013-2014 season.

Luckily for Stephen Weiss and his wallet, the veteran forward will be a big fish in a small pond this offseason as only a handful of quality centers will be heading towards unrestricted free agency. Weiss will be near the top of a free agent class consisting of centers such as Mike Ribeiro, Nik Antropov, Tyler Bozak and Derek Roy – hardly a group of superstars, but still very coveted players.

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Mid-Season NHL Awards

Hart Trophy- Most Valuable Player

  1. Sidney Crosby- Winner
  2. Patrick Kane
  3. Eric Staal
  4. Ryan Getzlaf
  5. Steven Stamkos

Explanation: It’s safe to say that at this point in time, Sidney Crosby isn’t walking, but running away with the Hart Trophy. With 45 points in just 26 games, Crosby is on pace to score 142 points in an 82 game season.  He currently holds a 1.73 points per game average, as well as a 1.27 assists per game average. There have only been 4 players in the history of the NHL who have had a better assists per game average, and they are: Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, and Adam Oates. That’s not a bad bunch of guys to fall into a category with.

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Around the NHL: March 9, 2013

What better way to spend your lunch break than catching up on all of last night’s amazing NHL action that you may have missed! Here are the top stories and videos from the all of yesterday’s action around the NHL.

  • The Anaheim Ducks have signed Ryan Getzlaf to a 8-year, $66 million contract. [Yahoo]
  • Jump on board the Chicago Blackhawks’ bandwagon! [ESPN
  • Blackhawks winning streak ends at 24 games [TSN]
  • David Legwand scores from center ice [Fox Sports]
  • Dustin Penner comments on Ryan Getzlaf’s new contract. [Twitter]

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Five Free Agent’s The Florida Panthers Can Target

With 15 games in the books so far and a record of 4-7-4 to show for it, the Florida Panthers are painting themselves in a corner with little margin for error.  The next five games on the schedule are going to tell us a great deal about the balance of the season.  Games against Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on the road (back to back too), followed by three home games against Boston, Pittsburgh and Buffalo will be no walk in the park, especially the way Florida has been playing lately.  The only good news is that the Southeast Division is so weak, that the Panthers despite their dismal record are only five points off the division lead.  Regardless of that fact, it’s becoming blatantly obvious that the team needs something in order to help get them to the next level, whether that be this season, or next.

Dale Tallon has a five year plan, and last year’s division championship may have come a year or two early, in order for the Florida Panthers to excel and be a consistent playoff contender, ultimately challenging for the Stanley Cup, a proven player or two needs to be acquired.  We have drafted extremely well over the past two seasons, and have some of the brightest young players coming up the ranks in the future, yet we need at least one or two skilled players  to be mixed in with the current group. A top notch goal scorer or sniper if you will, and a hard working consistently producing forward would fill the bill.  Building through the draft, making a few trades, and signing key free agents are all part of the mixture.  Here’s five unrestricted free agents that deserve a look:

1) Ryan Getzlaf:  A true big center to finally lineup against everyone else’s top pivot man, Getzlaf has a superior skill set for someone with his size.  While he’s not as much of a goal scorer as a set up man, he can still put the puck in the net and get his share of goals.  He’s been fortunate to play with some gifted wingers like Corey Perry for example, allowing him to focus more on setting up rather than scoring.  Depending on who his linemates are, he could be a player who’s goals and assists are more even more if he takes more shots.  Currently making $5.325 million he may be out of our price range, and Anaheim might want to keep him.  Rumor has it he’s building or has built a house in that area, so he may be looking to stay.  It’s still worth a shot to make him an offer.

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Should the Florida Panthers Move On From Stephen Weiss?

Florida Panthers forward Stephen Weiss skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins, March 9, 2012 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA. (Source: Michael Miller, Wikimedia Commons)

Florida Panthers forward Stephen Weiss skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins, March 9, 2012 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA. (Source: Michael Miller, Wikimedia Commons)

For the past few months there has been speculation involving long time Florida Panther and fan favorite, Stephen Weiss.  Just like any other “top” player in their contract year, trade rumors have begun whirling around the internet that Stephen Weiss will be dealt before the April 3rd deadline. But even prior to last season, Weiss’ name has been heavily involved in the rumor mill despite having a six-year contract worth $18.6 million, not to mention a full no-movement clause.

Coming off one of his most notable seasons with 57 points in 80 games, Weiss could be amongst the top sought after free agent centers along with Ryan Getzlaf, Mike Ribiero, and Derek Roy. This means the Panthers have one of two obvious choices. They can either resign Weiss and keep him as our number one center, or they can deal him off to another team and quite possibly get someone of importance back. Unfortunately this is a business and I believe that resigning Weiss to another lengthy contract would hang heavily on the future of our franchise.

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