Daily Archives: April 7, 2013

Preview: Ottawa Senators vs. Florida Panthers. I’ll Take The Trouble You Have In Mind

 Ottawa Senators: 19-12-6 (42 PTS.) vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS: 12-20-6 (30 PTS).


Game Day Song: Entertainment (Official video)

With not much time to dwell on last night’s 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals, the Florida Panthers are right back at it this evening against the Ottawa Senators here in Sunrise.  Head coach Paul MacLean of the Senators is calling this game a “must win” for his club, and based on the recent trend between the two, it may not be an issue.  Ottawa has won 11 of the past 12 meetings against the Panthers, and they’ll be looking to take an early lead to set the pace.  You have to give a great deal of credit to Ottawa for the position that they find themselves in.  Ravaged by injuries to key players like Jason Speeza, Milan Michalek and Erik Karlsson, the Sens are still in the thick of the race in the Eastern Conference.

The Senators will also be looking to snap a three game losing streak as they are now in 6th place in the Eastern Conference, and unless they turn this around, the spiral they’re on could land them in a dogfight for the final playoff spot overall.  Two points separates the Senators from both the New York Rangers and New York Islanders, while the Winnipeg Jets sit four points back.  MacLean is stressing urgency to widen the gap:

“We can’t do anything about the last three, all we can do is something about the next one we play,” MacLean said. “It’s a must-win to make sure that we stop the bleeding type of thing.”

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Panther Parkway: Noon Headlines: Michael Ryder, Chris Stewart, Devils Tailspin.

While you’re having Sunday Brunch catch up on all of last night’s amazing NHL action that you may have missed! Here are the top stories and videos from all of yesterday’s action around the NHL, starting off with Coach’s Corner:

* Saturday night”s Three Stars via Puck Daddy.

* Michael Ryder scores a power play goal to lead Montreal over Boston.  TSN.ca.

* New Jersey is winless in six, but DeBoer thinks they can turn it around. Pro Hockey Talk.

* With a change in lifestyle, Chris Stewart of the Blues is scoring again. NHL.com.

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Panthers Rally Too Little, Too Late Against Capitals

If Florida Panthers fans can find one bright spot in next year’s division realignment plan, it’s that they no longer have to face the Washington Capitals six times a season. Over the past few years, no team has frustrated the Cats more than their division rival from the US capital. This season alone has been a microcosm of that frustration as the Panthers entered Saturday’s game 0-2-1, including a pair of blowout losses on the road. This game took on much of that same look as the Caps built a 4-0 lead through two periods. Despite a furious third period rally, the Panthers fell 4-3 in their final game against Washington as a division opponent.
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