Panthers By The Numbers takes a closer look at some of the
interesting stats that you may or may have not known about.
Sabres 3, Panthers 2 (SO)9
– After no penalty shot attempts in 2008 of the ’08-’09 schedule, the Panthers have not only received two attempts in 2009, but have succeeded on both. David Booth deked Ryan Miller out for his 19th of the season in the first period Monday night. That was just nine days (January 10th) after Michael Frolik beat Atlanta's Kari Lehtonen. The attempt was Booth’s first penalty shot of his career.36:18
– It took awhile for Buffalo to reach double digits in shots as the Panthers played a solid first half of the game. Drew Stafford finally recorded the 10th official shot on a long wrister from just inside the blueline 36:18 into the game.6
– Keith Ballard was at it again, hitting anything that moved. Ballard led both squads with six hits in the game, two more than any other player. Both Jay Bouwmeester and Gregory Campbell were the closest to Ballard’s six. No Sabre had more than three hits.0
– Not a good number, unless it comes in the scoring category for the opponent, but both teams had a 0 in the category of face-off wins while on the power play through two periods of play. Buffalo did not win a face-off on two attempts while Florida was winless on three attempts. Florida eventually finished 2-of-5 in the face-off circle on the man-advantage while Buffalo was 3-of-7.69
– Stephen Weiss
was exceptional in the face-off circle, winning 11 out of the 16 face-offs he took. The next closest Panther with more than one draw was Gregory Campbell who won 5 out of 11 (45%). Buffalo’s Paul Gaustad led all players with a 71% winning percentage (10 out of 14).5
– The Panthers power play has been hot of late, recording five goals in the past three games. Booth’s penalty shot is considered a power play attempt. Florida is 5 of 14 (35.7%) in those games with the man advantage.8
– The Panthers have gone to the extra session (overtime or shootout) 12 times so far this season. Eight of those eventually went to the shootout (2-6). The important stat is that out of those 12 games, 8 went to the extra session thanks to Cat’s comebacks. Whether it was down a goal or two, the Panthers clawed their way back and earned a point in the ordeal. Seven of the last eight that have gone to the extra session has been with the Panthers down.