Daily Archives: April 11, 2013
FLORIDA PANTHERS: 13-20-6 (32 PTS.) vs. WINNIPEG JETS: 20-19-2 (42 PTS.)
GAMEDAY SONG: Candy’s Room
After being off since their Sunday victory over the Ottawa Senators, the Florida Panthers took a short plane ride (snicker) to Winnipeg on Wednesday after noon and will take on the Jets this evening, then return home to play the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. The Jets remain in a dogfight for a playoff spot which may only come if they win the Southeast Division, as they trail the Washington Capitals by xx points. The Florida Panthers remain in a dogfight of their own, the rear of the NHL, which increases their chance of a top pick in the upcoming draft. Neither situation is good for Florida, as defending their division title from last season just hasn’t worked out the way they intended.
Nonetheless, this will be the fifth and final meeting of these two teams, and next year with realignment, the trips to Winnipeg will be reduced to two games as the Jets move to the Western Conference. Makes sense geographically, but we won’t get into that today. The series is tied at two games a piece, however the Panthers have collected two more points than Winnipeg due to having two losses in overtime to the Jets. By winning the “rubber” match of the series, the Panthers could spoil the party for the Jets in their pursuit of the division crown. With the Washington Capitals all of a sudden finding their legs and running up ti the division lead, the Jets have been hurt by an earlier five game losing streak that dropped them out of the top eight in the conference. It would appear that there will only be one team going to the post season from the Southeast Division, and that would be the division winner. The Jets returned home for a six game homestand, and have won the first two games each by a score of 4-1. Captain Andrew Ladd is thankful for being back at home in front of the faithful and loud crowd of the MTS Centre:
“It’s nice to get something going here,” said captain Andrew Ladd who registered a goal and an assist. “We obviously know we have to get on a little run here, and [there is] no better place than to do it here in this building and get the fans on our side and revved up for a good run here.”
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After sitting out the last three games to nurse his ailing wrist, Panthers’ rookie forward Drew Shore is reportedly set to return to the lineup on Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets. However, much like Odysseus returning to Ithaca after the Trojan War, Shore’s surroundings in Florida will be very different than he remembers.
Having already lost his top-line spot to the inspired play of fellow center Shawn Matthias, Shore had been trying to find a new fit in the Panthers’ lineup prior to suffering his injury. While Shore has shown that the talent to anchor one the team’s top 2 lines for the remainder of the season, the landscape of the Panthers’ has undergone some crucial change since his departure.
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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.
- Watch “How It’s Made - Pro Hockey Sticks”.
- Watch Anton Volchenkov’s dirty elbow on Brad Marchand from last night. [YouTube]
- NHL 3 Stars: Campbell leads Bruins; Duchene, Avalanche stun Ducks. [Puck Daddy]