1994–95 Florida Panthers season

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1994–95 Florida Panthers
Division 5th Atlantic
Conference 9th Eastern
1994–95 record 20–22–6
Home record 9–12–3
Road record 11–10–3
Goals for 115
Goals against 127
Team information
General Manager Bryan Murray
Coach Roger Neilson
Captain Brian Skrudland
Alternate captains Scott Mellanby
Gord Murphy
Arena Miami Arena
Team leaders
Goals Jesse Belanger (15)
Assists Stu Barnes (19)
Points Jesse Belanger (29)
Penalties in minutes Paul Laus (138)
Plus/minus Jesse Belanger (+7)
Wins John Vanbiesbrouck (14)
Goals against average John Vanbiesbrouck (2.47)

The 1994–95 Florida Panthers season was the Panthers' second season. For the second straight year, they missed the playoffs by just one point. While the team tied for 6th in the league in goaltending behind the solid tandem of John Vanbiesbrouck and Mark Fitzpatrick and finished first in most shutouts (6), it finished last in the league in scoring with 115 goals and was shut out 5 times. The Panthers tied the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators for fewest shorthanded goals scored (1).[1]

The Panthers were one of only three teams in 1994–95 to have a better regular-season record on the road then at home (the other two teams were the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings).

Offseason[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 1 Ed Jovanovski (D)  Canada Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
2 27 Rhett Warrener (Defence)  Canada Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
2 31 Jason Podollan (Right wing)  Canada Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
2 36 Ryan Johnson (Centre)  Canada Thunder Bay Flyers (USHL)

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Regular season[edit]

January[edit]

The Panthers began the lockout shortened 1994-95 season on January 21, 1995, losing on the road to the New York Islanders by a 2-1 score, as Ziggy Palffy scored two goals in just over a two minute span in the middle of the third period. The Panthers lost their next two games, including their home opener to the Pittsburgh Penguins by a 6-5 score, and on the road to their state rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2, before earning their first win, defeating the Lightning in the second game of a home and home series by a 4-2 score. Florida closed out the month with two wins in their last three games.

The team had a record of 3-4-0 in January, earning six points, which placed them in third place in the Atlantic Division, and seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

February[edit]

Florida began February rather slowly, as after a 1-1 tie against the Montreal Canadiens on February 2nd, the club lost their next two games to extend their overall winless streak to four games. The Panthers snapped out of their slump though, as John Vanbiesbrouck stopped all 26 shots that the Philadelphia Flyers fired at him, in a 3-0 victory on February 9th. The club then had a seven game homestand, beginning on February 11th with a solid 4-3 win over the Hartford Whalers, however, their two game winning streak ended the following night, losing 4-2 to the New Jersey Devils. The Panthers shut out the Ottawa Senators 2-0 in their next game to return to the win column, however, the team lost their last four games on the home stand, going a disappointing 2-5-0 on it. Back on the road on February 25th, the Panthers snapped their losing skid, defeating the Ottawa Senators 4-1, before ending the month with a 0-0 tie against the defending Stanley Cup champions, the New York Rangers.

At the end of February, the Panthers had an overall record of 7-11-2, earning 16 points, as the club struggled on home ice, posting a 3-7-1 record in their first 11 home games. Florida was in sixth place in the Atlantic Division, and 12th in the Eastern Conference.

March[edit]

Florida opened March with two road games, as they tied the Philadelphia Flyers 2-2 on March 2nd, followed by a 6-1 loss at the hands of the New Jersey Devils. On March 8th, the club ended their three game winless streak, defeating the Ottawa Senators 3-2, before heading out on the road again for two games, in which the Panthers shut out the Boston Bruins 2-0, followed by a 4-1 win over the Hartford Whalers to extend their winning streak to three games. The team returned home for a three game home stand, where they remained hot, tying the Buffalo Sabres 1-1, soundly defeating the Washington Capitals 5-1 to extend their overall unbeaten streak to five games, before losing in overtime to the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on March 18th. Florida then embarked on a three game road trip, where they began with a 5-4 overtime loss to the Quebec Nordiques, before defeating the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 to get a much needed victory. The Panthers finished the trip with a 3-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, and were starting to fall out of the playoff race. Florida ended March with a brief two game home stand, in which they shut out the high scoring Pittsburgh Penguins 2-0, with John Vanbiesbrouck making 24 saves for the shut out, followed by a 4-4 tie against the Hartford Whalers.

The Panthers had an overall record of 13-16-4 at the end of March, earning 30 points, in which placed them fourth in the Atlantic Division, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, only one point behind the Hartford Whalers for the eighth and final playoff spot.

April/May[edit]

The Panthers began April with a solid 4-1 road victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 2nd, which moved the club into eighth place, however, Florida found themselves out of a playoff spot after being blown out by the New York Rangers by a 5-0 score on home ice on April 5th, as the club fell into tenth spot, behind the New York Rangers and Hartford Whalers by a single point for the last post-season spot. The Panthers continued to struggle over their next three games, going 0-2-1, falling five points behind the eighth place Buffalo Sabres. The club tried to claw their way back race, going 4-1-0 in their next five games, however, Florida still remained two points out of the playoffs. Florida finished April on a three game winless streak, posting a 0-2-1 record, which eliminated the club from post-season contention. The team finished the season with two wins, defeating the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins on the road.

The club finished the 1994-95 season with a 20-22-6 record, earning 46 points, which placed them fifth in the Atlantic Division, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, just one point behind the New York Rangers for the final playoff spot.

Final standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 2 Philadelphia Flyers 48 28 16 4 150 132 60
2 5 New Jersey Devils 48 22 18 8 136 121 52
3 6 Washington Capitals 48 22 18 8 136 120 52
4 8 New York Rangers 48 22 23 3 139 134 47
5 9 Florida Panthers 48 20 22 6 115 127 46
6 12 Tampa Bay Lightning 48 17 28 3 120 144 37
7 13 New York Islanders 48 15 28 5 126 158 35

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Note: No. = Division rank, CR = Conference rank, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L January 21, 1995 1–2 @ New York Islanders (1994–95) 0–1–0
2 L January 23, 1995 5–6 Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 0–2–0
3 L January 25, 1995 2–3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1994–95) 0–3–0
4 W January 26, 1995 4–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (1994–95) 1–3–0
5 W January 28, 1995 2–1 @ Hartford Whalers (1994–95) 2–3–0
6 W January 30, 1995 2–1 @ Boston Bruins (1994–95) 3–3–0
7 L January 31, 1995 1–5 New York Islanders (1994–95) 3–4–0
8 T February 2, 1995 1–1 OT Montreal Canadiens (1994–95) 3–4–1
9 L February 4, 1995 2–3 @ Washington Capitals (1994–95) 3–5–1
10 L February 7, 1995 3–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 3–6–1
11 W February 9, 1995 3–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1994–95) 4–6–1
12 W February 11, 1995 4–3 Hartford Whalers (1994–95) 5–6–1
13 L February 12, 1995 2–4 New Jersey Devils (1994–95) 5–7–1
14 W February 15, 1995 2–0 Ottawa Senators (1994–95) 6–7–1
15 L February 17, 1995 4–5 Boston Bruins (1994–95) 6–8–1
16 L February 19, 1995 1–4 Quebec Nordiques (1994–95) 6–9–1
17 L February 21, 1995 3–5 New York Rangers (1994–95) 6–10–1
18 L February 23, 1995 2–5 Montreal Canadiens (1994–95) 6–11–1
19 W February 25, 1995 4–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1994–95) 7–11–1
20 T February 28, 1995 0–0 OT @ New York Rangers (1994–95) 7–11–2
21 T March 2, 1995 2–2 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1994–95) 7–11–3
22 L March 4, 1995 1–6 @ New Jersey Devils (1994–95) 7–12–3
23 W March 8, 1995 3–2 Ottawa Senators (1994–95) 8–12–3
24 W March 11, 1995 2–0 @ Boston Bruins (1994–95) 9–12–3
25 W March 12, 1995 4–1 @ Hartford Whalers (1994–95) 10–12–3
26 L March 14, 1995 1–2 OT Buffalo Sabres (1994–95) 10–13–3
27 W March 16, 1995 5–1 Washington Capitals (1994–95) 11–13–3
28 L March 18, 1995 3–4 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1994–95) 11–14–3
29 L March 20, 1995 4–5 OT @ Quebec Nordiques (1994–95) 11–15–3
30 W March 22, 1995 3–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1994–95) 12–15–3
31 L March 24, 1995 0–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1994–95) 12–16–3
32 W March 26, 1995 2–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 13–16–3
33 T March 29, 1995 4–4 OT Hartford Whalers (1994–95) 13–16–4
34 W April 2, 1995 4–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1994–95) 14–16–4
35 L April 5, 1995 0–5 New York Rangers (1994–95) 14–17–4
36 T April 8, 1995 2–2 OT @ New York Islanders (1994–95) 14–17–5
37 L April 12, 1995 1–3 New York Islanders (1994–95) 14–18–5
38 L April 14, 1995 0–3 @ Washington Capitals (1994–95) 14–19–5
39 W April 16, 1995 4–1 Tampa Bay Lightning (1994–95) 15–19–5
40 L April 18, 1995 1–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1994–95) 15–20–5
41 W April 20, 1995 1–0 New Jersey Devils (1994–95) 16–20–5
42 W April 22, 1995 4–2 Quebec Nordiques (1994–95) 17–20–5
43 W April 24, 1995 5–1 @ Ottawa Senators (1994–95) 18–20–5
44 L April 26, 1995 0–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1994–95) 18–21–5
45 L April 28, 1995 1–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1994–95) 18–22–5
46 T April 30, 1995 2–2 OT Washington Capitals (1994–95) 18–22–6
47 W May 2, 1995 4–3 @ New York Rangers (1994–95) 19–22–6
48 W May 3, 1995 4–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 20–22–6

Player statistics[edit]

Forwards[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Jesse Belanger 47 15 14 29 18
Stu Barnes 41 10 19 29 8
Scott Mellanby 48 13 12 25 90
Dave Lowry 45 10 10 20 25
Jody Hull 46 11 8 19 8
Bill Lindsay 48 10 9 19 46
Tom Fitzgerald 48 3 13 16 31
Brian Skrudland 47 5 9 14 88
Mike Hough 48 6 7 13 38
Johan Garpenlov 27 3 9 12 0
Rob Niedermayer 48 4 6 10 36
Bob Kudelski 26 6 3 9 2
Andrei Lomakin 31 1 6 7 6
Gaetan Duchesne 13 1 2 3 2
Jeff Daniels 3 0 0 0 0
Jamie Linden 4 0 0 0 17
Dave Tomlinson 5 0 0 0 0

Defencemen[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Gord Murphy 46 6 16 22 24
Jason Woolley 34 4 9 13 18
Brian Benning 24 1 7 8 18
Magnus Svensson 19 2 5 7 10
Paul Laus 37 0 7 7 138
Geoff Smith 47 2 4 6 22
Randy Moller 17 0 3 3 16
Robert Svehla 5 1 1 2 0
Brent Severyn 9 1 1 2 37
Dallas Eakins 17 0 1 1 35
Joe Cirella 20 0 1 1 21
Stephane Richer 1 0 0 0 2
Keith Brown 13 0 0 0 2

Goaltending[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; SV% = Save percentage ; GAA = Goals against average; SO = Shutouts

Player GP W L T SV% GAA SO
John Vanbiesbrouck 37 14 15 4 .914 2.47 4
Mark Fitzpatrick 15 6 7 2 .900 2.64 2

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1995.html
  2. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/nhl1994e.html
  3. ^ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy; et al., eds. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0.