With best odds of winning, Florida Panthers test luck in Monday’s NHL draft lottery

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Apr 28, 2013 05:33 PM EDT AP NEW YORK — The NHL holds its draft lottery Monday night, and the Florida Panthers have the best odds of winning. The draw will determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the league’s amateur draft June 30. All 14 NHL teams that missed the playoffs have a shot at the No. 1 selection. Florida finished with the fewest points in the NHL this season. It has a 25 percent chance of winning the draw, followed by Colorado at 19 percent and Tampa Bay at 14 percent. In previous years, the lottery-winning team could move up no more than four slots in the draft order. This year, the winning draw will draft first overall. The remaining 13 teams are slotted in reverse order of their regular-season point totals. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/capitals/with-best-odds-of-winning-florida-panthers-test-luck-in-mondays-nhl-draft-lottery/2013/04/28/c1f045c2-b029-11e2-9fb1-62de9581c946_story.html

Saturday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers (final!) GameDay Open Forum

– Joel Auerbach And then there was one… 14 Comments So here we sit mere hours before the conclusion of Florida’s 18th season, a campaign which likely won’t find a cherished spot on any of our mantles. As with any sport, hockey is defined by a team’s up-and-down stretches from year to year, and the past 20 or so months have provided an abundance of pleasure and (lately) pain, enough to keep us guessing what management will/could/should do for an encore as summer approaches. Though the club’s overall performance in 2013 will forever be etched at the bottom of the league’s standings, there remains hope going forward, but equally notable are the number of various concerns the season has raised: Minus-61 goal differential (107GF/168GA) A 3-10-2 record vs the Northeast, FLA’s soon-to-be “home” Depending on the source, a league-“leading” 265 man-games lost Of 833 NHL players ranked by plus-minus, the Panthers currently own spots 812 ( Stephen Weiss /-13), 813 ( Tyson Strachan /-13), 822 ( Jonathan Huberdeau /-16), 823 ( George Parros /-16), 829 ( Brian Campbell /-20), 832 ( Filip Kuba /-22), and 833 ( Erik Gudbranson /-22). No comment. Goaltending has been utterly atrocious, save for the odd performance sprinkled sporadically through the season, as the Cats have allowed 3.55 goals-against per game through 47 appearances. That’s “good” for 30th overall, and not even realistically close to #29 Calgary’s 3.27. While the power play has been generally good (currently 13th), the penalty kill (73.8/30th) is unspeakably poor. Blame it on injuries, blame it on rookies, blame it on whatever makes you feel less likely to become violent, but this crew has put the “special” in special teams. Is it yet fair to begin questioning the efforts of Florida’s coaching staff, or is a free pass in line given what they had to work with/through? We could go on, of course, but you get the idea. Going to take some mammoth soul-searching by management to plug these holes over the next few months. source: http://www.litterboxcats.com/2013/4/27/4274080/florida-panthers-game-open-forum-nhl-tampa-bay-lightning

Florida Panthers’ Peter Mueller nominated for Masterton Trophy

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 24: Peter Mueller #88 of the Florida Panthers skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 24, 2013 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Peter Mueller

He went through a lot but has accomplished a lot.” Mueller is a restricted free agent after this season ends. He and the Panthers expect him to return next season. LAST PLACE ‘STINGS’ Coach Kevin Dineen said following Thursday night’s 4-0 loss to the Maple Leafs that finishing this season as the last-place team in the NHL “stings,” but fans should have faith that general manager Dale Tallon will make the right moves in the offseason to get the team back on track. Dineen spoke one day before Friday’s one-year anniversary of the end of Florida’s 2012 season, which came in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Florida’s 2013 season will end Saturday in Tampa. “We’re at the bottom of the pile,” Dineen said. “That’s a lot of hockey teams [above Florida]. You’re always looking to try and reinforce some positives, but that is a brutal reality for our team. That’s something we have to sit on for four months here. “There are areas we certainly need to address and make sure we’re back to where we were recently. … It’s going to be a long summer.” • Rookie center Nick Bjugstad will continue to play hockey after Saturday’s season finale. He was chosen to represent Team USA at the upcoming world championships, to be held May 3-19 in Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland. source: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/27/3367051/florida-panthers-peter-mueller.html

Panthers top Lightning in season finale for both teams

“They worked hard. We started well, we finished well. There were a lot of challenges in between, but we got a snapshot of our potential tonight. It was good to get that comeback and to still have some belief and keep pushing. And they’re pushing in the right direction.” NOTES: Florida G Jacob Markstrom stopped Benoit Pouliot on a penalty shot 70 seconds into the game. He made 28 saves overall. … Tampa Bay G Anders Lindback stopped 27 shots. … Malone stopped a personal 11-game goal drought. … source: http://www.foxsportsflorida.com/story/Panthers-top-Lightning-in-season-finale-?blockID=896945

NHL Power Rankings: Penguins flying high to end season; Flames, Avs, Panthers stay comfy in the basement

POWER RANKINGS: Rating the NHL teams from 1 to 30 Jarome Iginla (left) and Jussi Jokinen (right). (USA TODAY Sports)1. Pittsburgh Penguins: One of their biggest challenges will be finding chemistry on the fly as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Paul Martin work their way back into a lineup that’s still adapting to trade acquisitions Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Jussi Jokinen and Douglas Murray. It’s a good problem to have. 2. Chicago Blackhawks: The ‘Hawks were the NHL’s biggest story in the first half of the season, reeling off an league-record 24-game point streak before they suffered their first regulation-time loss. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa headline a potent offensive arsenal, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook are the go-to guys on defense in any given situation, and the goaltending duo of Corey Crawford and Ray Emery has been nothing less than phenomenal. 3. Anaheim Ducks: The best NHL team that received the least acknowledgement this season. Ryan Getzlaf put together an MVP-caliber campaign on the Ducks’ top line, and secondary scoring came in the form of ageless veterans (Teemu Selanne, Saku Koivu) and up-and-comers (Andrew Cogliano, Kyle Palmieri). Reclamation projects Sheldon Souray and Francois Beauchemin were a revelation on the blue line, while Viktor Fasth stepped up big-time when starting goalie Jonas Hiller was dealing with early injuries. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nhl–nhl-power-rankings–penguins-flying-high-to-end-season–flames–avs–panthers-stay-comfy-in-the-basement-163110688.html


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