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Panthers shoot for tighter defense

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Advantage Margin -61

One reason the Panthers allowed a ton of shots last season was that they spent so much time killing penalties. That was especially true on the road, where the Panthers had to kill off 196 man advantages while the offense got just 150.

Even-Strength Goals Margin -4       
Florida got a big boost from youngster David Booth, who had a team-high 21 of his 22 goals while the Panthers were playing at even strength.
   
Special Teams Goal Margin -5

The Panthers’ power play might not be as good this season without Olli Jokinen, who had 18 of his 34 goals and 33 of his 71 points while the Panthers were up a man.

Goals by defensemen 33

Jay Bouwmeester, never a big scorer before 2007-08, had a breakout season with 15 goals, including 11 at even strength.

Overtime Record         Total: 9-3-6  |  OT: 4-3  |  SO: 5-6

The Panthers were far more effective on the road when the game was tied at the end of regulation, winning six of seven, including all three shootouts. Their troubles came in shootouts at home, where they dropped six of eight.   

FLORIDA PANTHERS
2007-08 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2007-08 Points 85
(11TH eAst/22nd NHL)
Change from 2006-07 -1
Home Points 44
(11th eAst/24th NHL)
Away Points 41
(10tH eAst/17tH NHL

Times Scored First 39, Record 25-8-6       
The Panthers allowed the first goal in 43 of 82 games, but they also didn’t win often enough when they did. Their .641 winning percentage was 24th in a 30-team league.

Best 07-08 Number .920

Save percentage posted by starting goaltender Tomas Vokoun and backup Craig Anderson, tying Anaheim for the best in the NHL. As a bonus, Vokoun also led all goaltenders with six assists.

Worst 07-08 Number 33.6

Shots per game allowed by the Panthers, more than everyone other than Atlanta. The goaltenders’ heroics meant that the Panthers played an NHL-high 47 one-goal games, going 22-25.
   
Scheduling

The Panthers face a pair of five-game trips, including visits to the West Coast and Western Canada, before Christmas. They have another five-game trip through the East in late February and early March before playing 11 of their last 18 games at home.

Season preview

NORTHEAST

Boston
Buffalo
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto

SOUTHEAST

Atlanta
Carolina
Florida
Tampa Bay
Washington

Central

Chicago
Columbus
Detroit
Nashville
St. Louis

Northwest

Calgary
Colorado
Edmonton
Minnesota
Vancouver

Pacific

Anaheim
Dallas
Los Angeles
Phoenix
San Jose

 

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