| Panthers center Stephen Weiss is back for another season of his blog, 'Nine. Weiss brings you closer to the Panthers action both on and off the ice as he talks about his experiences throughtout the 2009-10 season. Nine is in it's third season and can only exclusively be seen on floridapanthers.com
The popular first-round draft pick (4th overall) in 2001, is in his seventh NHL season, all with the Cats. The Toronto, Ontario native reached career highs last season as he lead the in both assists and points, leading the team in in 74 games. He also set a career high in game-winning goals with four. Nine Archive
It’s been a tough last couple weeks where I feel like we’ve alternated wins and losses. It’s been up and down for the most part and we’ve been a little too inconsistent while trying to find our A-game every night. We have it one game and then we're struggling to find it in another. We had a couple of meetings this week trying to sort that out and we're looking forward to the upcoming week of games.
Consistency is really the big mystery in hockey. All the teams go through the same thing, trying to find that consistency every night. It just comes down to each individual guy making sure that they bring that type of level and desperation every night out. It's certainly not an easy thing to do but the good teams and the teams that win consistently do it more often.
It can be frustrating trying to find consistency. But that just shows you how good this league is. Any team can win on any given night, and it's just a matter of putting it together and doing those little things that help you win more consistently than the other teams i.e. fighting for the pucks in the corner, blocking shots, getting in front of the net, etc. The more we do that, the more consistently we do that, the better off we're going to be in the long run. We're getting better at it but we still have to keep at it, and execute more often than we don't.
We have a big week ahead of us. We play four games against other Southeast Division teams. It's nice to play those type of big hockey games. It's at the point of the year where every game is big, especially against teams in our division so we're looking forward to it.
It all starts with Washington tomorrow night. We've got to stay out of the box. That's a big key. We can't give them any power plays because they are very talented up front. You look over and you see Ovechkin, Backstrom, Semin, Knuble and then Green on the back end. We haven't had a lot of success against them this year yet, but we can't worry about what's gone on in the previous games or who's playing, who's not. We just have to go out and worry about our game and what we have got to do. And if we do that and we're skating and getting the puck in deep and making it tough on their defense then we're going to have a good chance in the hockey game.
Talk to you soon.