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  • Panther defenseman Dmitry Kulikov coming of age

    Panther defenseman Dmitry Kulikov coming of age
    — With much of the preseason conversation revolving around the Panthers' baby-faced corps of talented defensemen throughout their organization such as teenage rookie Aaron Ekblad, it's easy to forget that six-year NHL veteran Dmitry Kulikov is still...
  • Panthers join new world of hockey analytics

    Statistics in professional sports can often help coaches and players figure out how, why and when they won or lost the game. Statistical trends could be a players' best friend or worst enemy, causing them to press when slumping or be ridiculed for the...
  • Panthers rookie Ekblad isn't going anywhere

    While most first-round draft picks are sweating out the nine-game grace period during which general managers have to decide whether to return them to juniors or burn a year off their entry-level contract by keeping them on the NHL roster, it's clearly a...
  • Roberto Luongo and injury-racked Panthers down Flyers 2-1

    If there was any doubt that Panthers rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad wasn't going back to juniors after his ninth game Saturday, he erased it by making his first NHL goal the game winner to secure a 2-1 victory over the Flyers at the BB&T Center. "It was...
  • Panthers regroup from lackluster effort, seek scoring solution

    Panthers regroup from lackluster effort, seek scoring solution
    Considering how stingy the Florida Panthers have been about allowing goals, the onslaught of pucks in their net in Thursday's 4-1 loss at Philadelphia was striking. Most surprising that all of the Flyers' goals came while the teams were at full...
  • Rare late collapse propels Flames to 6-4 victory over Panthers

    — The offensively challenged Panthers are certainly not built for wide-open shootout affairs, and they proved that in Saturday's matinee against the surprising Calgary Flames. Perhaps buoyed by a rare, four-goal outburst that had them blow two-...
  • Panthers blow lead while officials blow call

    — Despite blowing a couple of two-goal leads in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Flames, it appeared the Panthers would have a golden opportunity to force overtime when Calgary defenseman T.J. Brodie hooked Jussi Jokinen with 1:28 left in regulation. But...
  • Injury to Panthers D Dmitry Kulikov not serious; Colby Robak to start

    Injury to Panthers D Dmitry Kulikov not serious; Colby Robak to start
    — It seems every time young defenseman Dmitry Kulikov starts hitting his stride on both ends of the ice, he gets nicked up. Fortunately for the 24-year-old Russian and the Panthers, Kulikov had no structural damage when he injured his knee during a...
  • Inspired Panthers sink Sharks 4-1 to snap three-game skid

    Panthers coach Gerard Gallant has pleaded with his players to go to the net and camp out in the "blue paint,'' or crease area where goals generally occur. Gallant's pregame strategy that also included three line overhauls paid off. But he also received a...
  • Aaron Ekblad leads Panthers in points -- as a rookie defenseman

    Aaron Ekblad leads Panthers in points -- as a rookie defenseman
    Just 13 games into his rookie season with the Panthers, No. 1 pick Aaron Ekblad can look back at his inaugural training camp with the scope of a seasoned veteran. "I wasn't very good in the beginning," Ekblad said. "That's what I expected." Since...
  • Roberto Luongo who has owned the Avs will face backup Reto Berra in net

    Roberto Luongo who has owned the Avs will face backup Reto Berra in net
    Berra in net vs. Luongo The Avalance will start backup goalie Reto Berra, who injured his neck last week against the Senators. Starting goalie Seymon Varlymov (groin) is expected back Friday.   The Panthers held an optional morning skate so the...