Panthers By The Numbers takes a closer look at some of the
interesting stats that you may or may have not known about.
Islanders 3, Panthers 1
– There was a lot of action in the first period of play as the two teams combined for 28 shots. Florida outshot the Islanders 16-12 but it was New York who had the 1-0 lead going into the second period as Mike Comrie took advantage of a Cats miscommunication between Jay Bouwmeester and Tomas Vokoun.58:33
– It took awhile for the Panthers to score Saturday night. A long while. The Panthers came just 1:27 away from being shut out by rookie netminder Yann Danis, but Gregory Campbell scored 10th of the season to get the Panthers on the board.12
– Florida had their opportunities against the Islanders Saturday night, drawing 12 minutes in penalties but were unable to find the back of the net on the six power play opportunities. It wasn’t a good night for the man advantage in general as New York scored just once on their four chances, a Kyle Okposo third period goal.75
– Center Kamil Kreps was dominate in the face-off circle, winning 12 of his 16 draws in the contest. The Panthers won 54% of their face-offs as a team.10
– Collecting the second assist on Campbell’s third period goal, Nick Boynton picked up his 10th assist of the season. It was the first time he reached double digit assists since the 2003-04 season when he picked up 24 helpers in 81 games with the Bruins. The past three seasons he had 7, 9 and 9 respectively.3:55
– Kind of an unusual stat, but Bryan McCabe had more ice time on the Cats power play than Anthony Stewart saw in the entire game. McCabe led the Cats with 9:22 of time on the man advantage while Stewart saw the least amount of ice at 5:27.24
– The Cats put 38 shots on Danis during the game, but it could have been more if it weren’t for Islanders defenders. Led by Martin Radinek’s five blocks, the Islanders blocked a total of 24 Panthers shots. The Panthers on the other hand only blocked 12.0
– Not a good stat to have, especially if you have the team’s second most goals on the season, but Nathan Horton went the entire game without getting a shot on net. He was the only Panther to go without a shot. The most shots? Well that came from a shocking source, Boynton.17
– The Panthers had a chance at tying their best January in franchise history in terms of points with a win. Florida had 19 points (9-4-1) in January 2000 during the 1999-2000 season. They finished just two points shy with two less games played than in ’99-‘00. It was also just their second regulation loss in the month (7-2-3).