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Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (51) / 9/2/1963
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 190

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Florida featured new power-play combinations in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Detroit and they seemed to work.
Both units featured four forwards and one defenseman and the Panthers scored three times on five opportunities in the contest. Aleksander Barkov, Brandon Pirri and Nick Bjugstad scored with the man advantage to give Florida's struggling power play a boost. The Cats jumped from 29th in the league to 27th thanks to Tuesday's success. Jan 28 - 9:31 AM

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Florida has recorded one power-play goal in their last 19 opportunities.

The Panthers have one marker with the man advantage in their last seven matches and it belongs to rookie Aaron Ekblad. The team has struggled mightily on the power play this season, ranking 29th in the league with a 13.2 success rate (17 goals on 129 chances).
Jan 19 - 9:45 AM

Gerard Gallant was not impressed with his team's performance in their 3-2 shootout loss to Edmonton.

"We had a real bad game again tonight," said Gallant. "Got outworked in every aspect of the game. [Goalie Roberto Luongo] bailed us out to get that one point. We were definitely not good enough." The Panthers have lost three games in a row, and have scored a total of six goals in those games.
Jan 18 - 9:25 AM

Florida hasn't done any damage on their power play lately.

The Panthers have gone 0-for-10 in their past four games and they have scored just two goals in their past 25 opportunities. Florida sits 25th in the NHL in power-play efficiency. Coach Gerard Gallant is preaching simple plays and he wants to see his players directing more pucks to the net.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 08:52:00 AM

Pierre Groulx is back in the Florida Panthers' organization.

Groulx served as the team's goalie coach under Jacques Martin and Peter DeBoer. He will work with the organization's goaltenders in San Antonio (AHL) and Cincinnati (ECHL). "It’s a great opportunity for him to get back into the game he loves, and it’s a great opportunity for our goalies as well," San Antonio general manager Eric Joyce said. Groulx has also worked with the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 09:56:00 AM

The Florida Panthers haven't won a game in Nashville since December 11th, 1999.

The Panthers kept things close on Saturday but eventually lost the game in a shootout. It's incredible to think that Florida hasn't won in Nashville in almost 15 years, but the streak is more of a coincidence than anything else. The players have changed on both sides and it's hard to imagine any of the current Panthers' players being aware of this fact going into the game.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 09:33:00 AM

The Florida Panthers gave up eight power play opportunities to Arizona, in their 2-1 overtime loss on Saturday.

The Panthers don't score nearly enough goals to take that many penalties. After taking a 1-0 lead over the Coyotes, Arizona tied the game on their sixth power play of the night. Oliver Ekman-Larsson also scored the overtime winner on the man advantage. Florida needs to play near perfect defense and stay out of the box every night if they want to win enough games to make a push for a playoff spot. "We've got to be smarter. We can't take - I don't know how many penalties we took - but those are tough,'' Roberto Luongo said. "We killed most of them but eventually a 4-on-3 is a tough kill and we weren't able to get the job done.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 12:23:00 PM

Florida has plenty of room for improvement this year after the team finished with the second-to-worst record in the NHL in 2013-14.

The team will be looking for much more from their special teams this campaign after they placed 30th on the power play and on the penalty kill. Jussi Jokinen and Jimmy Hayes may help the man advantage, while the hiring of former Kings defensive assistant Mark Morris as well as the additions of Willie Mitchell and Derek MacKenzie could benefit the penalty kill.

Despite going winless during the preseason, Florida Panthers' head coach Gerard Gallant is happy with his team's effort.

"I wanted to win the game [Saturday]. We really competed 5on5 and were the better team there, I thought," Gerard Gallant said. "We battled hard and there were a lot of good things going so it’s tough to lose 4-1. We came in with the mind-set that we were going to win and had the chances. I saw a lot of good things." Even with a new coaching staff and off-season additions they've made, the Panthers will have a hard time cracking the top eight in the Eastern Conference.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Florida coach Gerard Gallant plans to name a captain and two assistants before the start of the regular season.

"You don't have to have a leader to be a leader," Gallant said. "We're a team that hasn't had much success in the last couple of years. We think we have a lot of great leaders ... but you need a lot more than three guys to be leaders." The Panthers have a predominantly young group, but there are some veterans who can wear letters until those players are ready.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 08:46:00 AM

The Panthers will make some significant roster cuts following Saturday's double-header against Nashville.

Forty of the 49 Florida players still in camp wil play in one of the two games Saturday. Keep an eye on defensemen Shane O'Brien and Alex Petrovic who will be fighting with top draft pick Aaron Ekblad for a roster spot.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 09:35:00 AM

Mark Morris and Mike Kelly have been hired by the Panthers to serve as assistant coaches under Gerard Gallant.

Morris spent eight seasons serving as the AHL Manchester Monarchs' head coach. Kelly is already familiar with Gallant as Kelly worked under him when Gallant was the head coach of the QMJHL Saint John Sea Dogs. John Madden will also retain his previous position as an assistant coach with the Panthers.
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 09:49:00 AM

Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon is very happy with how July 1 went for his team.

The Panthers added defenseman Willie Mitchell, goaltender Al Montoya, and forwards David Bolland, Jussi Jokinen, Derek MacKenzie, and Shawn Thornton. "It was a great day for our franchise, and we exceeded expectations," Tallon said. Jokinen and Bolland in particular were expensive additions, but the Panthers still have plenty of cap space remaining.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 10:23:00 AM

The Florida Panthers could prove to be one of the major players during the unrestricted free agent period.

Panthers GM Dale Tallon vowed to be aggressive in his pursuit of UFAs and he has the cap space to make a big splash. The only question is if he'll be able to convince free agents that they'd have a chance to win the Stanley Cup with Florida. That's a tough sell given the Panthers' lackluster history.
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 10:04:00 AM

Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon thinks there's a "70 percent" chance he'll end up keeping the first overall pick.

The Panthers have been open about their interest in trading the selection, but they haven't pulled the trigger yet despite receiving offers that have been "over and above probably what we imagined we'd get for the pick." Perhaps Tallon is simply holding out to see if he can get a little more before the draft. We'll know for sure soon enough.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 09:45:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nick Bjugstad
2Aleksander Barkov
3Dave Bolland
4Brandon Pirri
5Derek MacKenzie
LW1Jussi Jokinen
2Jonathan Huberdeau
3Tomas Fleischmann
4Sean Bergenheim
RW1Brad Boyes
2Scottie Upshall
3Jimmy Hayes
4Tomas Kopecky
5Shawn Thornton
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Brian Campbell
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Erik Gudbranson
5Willie Mitchell
6Dylan Olsen
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya