Former Panthers forward and current radio analyst Bill Lindsay will be blogging on floridapanthers.com on anything that crosses his mind.
Lindsay who spent seven seasons (1993-2002) with the Cats and played in 506 games and collected 165 points is now a radio analyst on 790 The Ticket.
Lindsay will always be remembered in Cats history for his series-clinching goal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Boston Bruins in the '96 playoffs.Bomber's Blog Archive
The All Star break is over and the NHL is ready for what should be an incredible finish to the 2008/09 season. This is the time of the year when the intensity gets cranked up and every point in the standings becomes extremely valuable. The daily grind of the long NHL season becomes less tedious for the players as they see the finish line in the distance. This is when the game becomes more like fun and less like work. To drink from Lord Stanleys Cup is every players dream, but for that to happen you first must make the playoffs.
The Panthers are on the cusp of a playoff spot and are poised to make a run at getting in the post season for the first time in eight years. The team has made tremendous improvement over the course of the season, but it will have to continue for the drought to end. This is the point in the season when the cream starts to rise to the top.
There is an importance placed on all 82 games, but the last 30 and playoffs is where the true clutch performers start to shine. Goals become much tougher to come by, and you have to be willing to pay a price every night if you want to win. I will always take a player who starts slow and finishes strong, rather than vice versa any day of the week.
So what will it take for the Cats to make the Playoffs?
- They are going to have to stay relatively healthy, as any major injuries could be difficult to overcome.
- David Booth, Jay Boumeester, Micheal Frolik, Gregory Campbell, Ville Peltonen, and Radek Dvorak are all going to have to continue their red hot ways.
- Cory Stillman, and Bryan McCabe are two veterans that know what it takes and will be relied upon to show the way.
- Nathan Horton has to be a scoring machine.
- No team goes any where without great goaltending.
I am excited for the home stretch, as this is what hockey is all about. It should be a lot of fun, and hopefully in two and a half months we will be watching playoff hockey at the BAC.