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Panthers Prospect Report: 2.28.12

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

PROSPECT ON FIRE
SERGEI SHIROKOV

Intangibles
Position: LW          Shoots: Right
Height:   5-10         Weight: 195
Born: 3/28/91 in St. Louis Park, MN
How Acquired: Acquired from Vancouver in exchange for LW Mike Duco on July 9, 2011
The Skinny
Winger Sergei Shirokov takes home this week's honor of “Prospect On Fire”.

Acquired in a summer trade with Vancouver in exchange for Mike Duco, Shirokov is lighting up the KHL.

Playing for CSKA Moscow, the Canucks sixth round pick (163rd overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft finished eighth in the entire league in scoring in posting 48 points in 53 games.

CSKA will be in for a tough test in the first round of the KHL playoffs. As the eighth seed in the West, they'll have to take on SKA St Petersburg whose 113 points were one behind Traktor for the league race.

Shirokov, who has played in eight NHL games with Vancouver the previous two seasons and another 152 with the Manitoba Moose (103 points) has had a lot of success in the KHL in his career, recording 34, 34 and 41 points before coming over to North America for the 2009-10 season.

Stats
Team GP G A PTS PIM PP
CSKA Moscow 53 18 30 48 26 4

SARAMPAGE.COM
(30-23-3, 7th in AHL Western Conference)

THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS

Wednesday, February 29 at Chicago (7:00pm CT)
Saturday, March 3 vs Houston (7:00pm CT)



WEEKLY NOTES: The Rampage continue life on the road as they are nearing the end of an 11-game road trip in which San Antonio holds a record of 6-4 and are of 3-1 in their last four games including three straight wins on the road beginning with a 1-0 win over the Oklahoma City Barons as goalie Dov Grumet-Morris made 22 saves for his third shutout of the season. Michael Repik scored the lone goal for the Rampage. The Rampage then earned back-to-back victories in Peoria (2-1 victories in both games) before falling in Milwaukee 3-1 to hold on to the number seven spot in the Western Conference.  

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: San Antonio will finish their 12 game road trip in Chicago where the Rampage will face off with the Barons for the third time this season as San Antonio will go for their third straight victory of Chicago. The Rampage will then return home for just one game against Houston before hitting the road again for back-to-back games in Texas against the Stars.

HOME SICK: The Rampage have been on the road since Feb. 7 and still have one game left on the road as they wrap up the longest road trip of the season. The Rampage are 5-4 thus far on the road trip including two stretches with three straight wins.

WINNING WAYS: There aren’t many teams that are playing better than San Antonio right now, the Rampage are 13-7 in their last 20 games which includes a season high seven game win streak dating from Jan. 14- Jan. 28, in which the Rampage outscored their opponents 28-12.

BETWEEN THE PIPES: Rampage goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris is 2-1 in his last three starts and has only allowd three goals on 75 shots over that time and earned a 22 save shutout Sunday in Oklahoma City. Grummet-Morris has a save percentage of .927 and a holds a 2.17 GAA. Jacob Markstrom made one start for the Rampage this week and made 40-of-41 to preserve a 2-1 victory over the Peoria Rivermen.

BY THE NUMBERS: Jon Matsumoto continues to lead the Rampage in goals, assists and points (18-32-50), including  a team high eight goals with the man advantage. Nolan Yonkman and Mark Cullen lead the way in the plus/minus category for San Antonio with plus-13 ratings. Dov Grumet-Morris continues to lead San Antonio in all statistical categories, with 18 wins, a 2.17 goals against average, and a .927 save percentage.

CYCLONESHOCKEY.COM
(26-20-8, 7th in ECHL Eastern Conference)
THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Tuesday, February 28 vs Greenville (7:30pm ET)
Thursday, March 1 vs Chicago (7:30pm ET)
Saturday, March 2 vs Wheeling (7:30pm ET)
Sunday, March 3 at Toldedo (4:00pm ET)

WEEKLY NOTES: Cincinnati in five games last week posted a record of 3-2, splitting a two game home stand with Gwinnett followed by two straight wins for the Cyclones as Matt Sisca and Matthieu Aubin recorded two goals each for Cincinnati in a 5-3 victory over Kalamazoo. The Cyclones find themselves sitting in seventh place in the Eastern conference with 60 points. 

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Cincinnati looks to continue their good play as they will play four games over the next seven days. The Cylclones begin the week with a three game home stand in which they will face Greenville Chicago and Wheeling, before kicking off an eight game road trip in Toledo.

NO NEED FOR NAIL CLIPPERS: The Cyclones have found themselves in closely-contested battles all season long. Nearly 65 percent of their games have been decided by two-goals or less, including eight of their last ten games. In such situations this year, the Clones are 17-14-0-8.
                                                                                    




STATISTICS




Information from the sarampage.com and cycloneshockey.com used to create this report.
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