Third Quarter Report Card

Welcome to the Quarterly Report Card. This will cover games 43-60.

Total Record: 29-25-6 (4th in the Atlantic) 64 points  .533 Home: 16-9-3  Away: 13-16-3

3rd Quarter: 11-7-0  .611

Goals For: 178 (2.97 GFPG)   Goals Against: 195 (3.25 GAPG)

Atlantic: 9-5-1
Metropolitan: 7-7-4
Pacific: 8-6-0
Central: 5-7-1

Stats Leaders
Goals: Vincent Trocheck (24); Aleksander Barkov (21); Jonathan
Huberdeau (19)
Assists: Aleksander Barkov (38); Jonathan Huberdeau (38);
Vincent Trocheck (33)
Points: Aleksander Barkov (59); Jonathan Huberdeau (57);
Vincent Trocheck (57)

Offense: The Panthers offense recently has been very solid. The team has been scoring more. They are also getting more depth production. Evengii Dadonov is back to normal and has turned the Terrific Trio of Huberdeau, Barkov and Trocheck into the Fantastic Four. Nick Bjugstad has shown spots of brightness. Jared McCann and Jamie McGinn will score occasionally. However the Panthers are getting more scoring from their defense too. Overall the offense has been solid. Grade: B+

Defense: Now the defense has had it’s good and bad moments. When Harri Sateri was playing, the D did a great job helping out the rookie netminder. Now with Luongo and Reimer back the D is starting to relax a bit. I’m not saying Sateri’s good stretch was because his defense was playing super well. The D needs to go back to playing at the level they did for Sateri with Luongo and Reimer. Grade: B-

Goaltending: Roberto Luongo has been sharp in his return from injury. After a shaky start, Harri Sateri saved the Panthers season by backstopping them during that four game win streak. However James Reimer has been a problem. He has a .854 save percentage and a horrific 5.01 GAA since returning from injury. Although Lu will be getting most the starts down the stretch, they have to be careful with him as he has already had 2 injuries this year. Reimer must begin producing too if Luongo gets hurt. Grade: A

Powerplay: The Panthers powerplay has made a big change. This powerplay is leading the league in February. The Panthers are capitalizing on their chances and it’s not just the first unit. Denis Malgin and Aaron Ekblad have been very key in a successful second unit too. Grade: A

Penalty Kill: It has suffered a little but it is still doing it’s job. It doesn’t need to be fixed but it’s not fantastic either. Grade: C+

Overall: B+