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Panthers Pregame Notes: Scott Clemmensen IN, Cory Stillman OUT ... Panthers 105 Shots Most Since '94 Rangers

Pack RALEIGH -- Tough day for the locals here as N.C. State loses a close one to Clemson in a game the Pack seemed to have. Sure some of them will be happy if UNC holds on to beat FSU.

Anyway, on to hockey.

Just got done speaking with Pete DeBoer and he's sticking with goalie Scott Clemmensen as expected.

Also, Cory Stillman got his shoulder checked out today in South Florida and DeBoer says surgery is not needed but he'll be out at least for a few weeks. DeBoer seems to think Stillman hurt his rotator cuff when he hit the ice after a hit. Stillman was hurt on his second and last shift of the game last night.

Higgins DeBoer is very happy with the play of Chris Higgins of late. "He's just playing right now,'' DeBoer said, explaining that perhaps Higgins was slow to fit in with his new teammates and the Panthers new system.

-- No word on when/whom the Panthers recall from Rochester to fill in for Stillman, but I would bet something happens Tuesday before the Leafs game. Or, Hordichuk stays in to make sure Colton Orr stays away from the Panthers net.

-- Some notes on Florida's 105 shots in the past two games compliments of STATS, Inc.

Keenanrangers The 105 shots are most by a single team in successive games since the '94 New York Rangers.

The 105 shots are third most since 1989-90 season.

The '94 Rangers had 54 shots vs. the Panthers, 53 vs. Calgary.

-- Panthers also lead the league in even strength goals, but that's what happens when all you score is, ahem, even strength goals.

Florida's three power play goals are tied for last in the league, although the Panthers only have 35 power play chances -- fewest in the league. Only Boston (39) is fairly close.

-- Panthers penalty kill (7-for-7 last night) is third in the league at 90.3 percent. Florida's only had to defend 31 kills -- also fewest in the league. Only Boston (38) is close.

 

 

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