Just poking around the web on a dreadfully hot Sunday and dug up some numbers related to the Panthers record versus other teams (since the 2004-05 lockout), primarily within the division but we'll include a few other nuggets as well.
Against the Southeast Division (42 games-played in each series):
FLA vs Atlanta Thrashers - 18 W-19 L-2 OTL-3 SOL (realistically: 18 W-24L) GF: 108 GA: 127
FLA vs Carolina Hurricanes - 14-20-6-2 (realistically: 14-28) GF: 124 GA: 136
FLA vs Tampa Bay Lightning - 25-12-0-5 (realistically: 25-17) GF: 148 GA: 119
FLA vs Washington Capitals - 22-17-1-2 (realistically: 22-20) GF: 122 GA: 126
A bit more following the jump...
Some interesting factoids:
- The goal differential against ATL can be viewed as a partial result of the efforts of two guys - Marian Hossa and Ilya Kovalchuk
- Swinging wildly the other way, CAR's dominance is somewhat muted when considering only 12 goals separated the two clubs over 42 games; regardless, a loss remains a loss
- Even when pitted against Vincent a formidable offensive trio in Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, and Steven Stamkos, the Bolts - minus top-shelf goaltending - continue to struggle head-to-head with the Cats; witness a -34 goal differential. And how about never having endured an OT loss?
- And then there's Washington, whom Florida purely owned until the Glen Hanlon regime was swept away after 21 games during the 2007-08 season, unleashing Alex Ovechkin to annoy us on a regular basis
Looking back further
Now that the Thrashers are headed to Manitoba, here's where the Panthers-Winnipeg series stands - though keep in mind the relocated franchise will retain Atlanta's records...
FLA vs Winnipeg Jets - 5GP 3W-2L 19 GF 15 GA
We're all aware of the joint bit of playoff history Colorado and Florida share, but how about when we knew them as Les Nordiques?
FLA vs Quebec Nordiques - 7GP 2W-4L-1T 19 GF 25 GA
And of course, there's the Whale prior to being hijacked out of the Insurance City...
FLA vs Hartford Whalers - 16GP 8W-6L-2T 43 GF 40 GA