2007–08 Florida Panthers season

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2007–08 Florida Panthers
Division 3rd Southeast
Conference 11th Eastern
2007–08 record 38–35–9
Home record 18–15–8
Road record 20–20–1
Goals for 216
Goals against 226
Team information
General Manager Jacques Martin
Coach Jacques Martin
Captain Olli Jokinen
Alternate captains Bryan Allen
Stephen Weiss
Arena BankAtlantic Center
Average attendance 15,436 (80.2%)
Team leaders
Goals Olli Jokinen (34)
Assists Olli Jokinen (37)
Points Olli Jokinen (71)
Penalties in minutes Nathan Horton (85)
Plus/minus Jassen Cullimore (+21)
Wins Tomas Vokoun (30)
Goals against average Tomas Vokoun (2.68)

The 2007–08 Florida Panthers season began on October 4 with a game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers. It was the Panthers' 15th season in the National Hockey League.

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft took place in Columbus, Ohio on June 22–23. For a complete list of Panthers' draft picks, see below.

Regular season[edit]

The Panthers tied the Montreal Canadiens for the fewest shorthanded goals allowed, with just three.[1]

Divisional standings[edit]

Southeast Division
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – Washington Capitals 82 43 31 8 242 231 94
2 Carolina Hurricanes 82 43 33 6 252 249 92
3 Florida Panthers 82 38 35 9 216 226 85
4 Atlanta Thrashers 82 34 40 8 216 272 76
5 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 31 42 9 223 267 71

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 z – Montreal Canadiens NE 82 47 25 10 262 222 104
2 y – Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 47 27 8 247 216 102
3 y – Washington Capitals SE 82 43 31 8 242 231 94
4 New Jersey Devils AT 82 46 29 7 206 197 99
5 New York Rangers AT 82 42 27 13 213 199 97
6 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 42 29 11 248 233 95
7 Ottawa Senators NE 82 43 31 8 261 247 94
8 Boston Bruins NE 82 41 29 12 212 222 94
8.5
9 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 43 33 6 252 249 92
10 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 39 31 12 255 242 90
11 Florida Panthers SE 82 38 35 9 216 226 85
12 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 36 35 11 231 260 83
13 New York Islanders AT 82 35 38 9 194 243 79
14 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 34 40 8 216 272 76
15 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 31 42 9 223 267 71

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

bold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, z – placed first in conference (and division)


Schedule and results[edit]

October[edit]

Record: 5–7–0; Home: 4–2–0; Road: 1–5–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
1 October 4 Florida 2 – 5 NY Rangers Vokoun 18,200 0–1–0 0
2 October 6 New Jersey 4 – 1 Florida Vokoun 19,250 0–2–0 0
3 October 10 Florida 1 – 2 Tampa Bay Anderson 18,540 0–3–0 0
4 October 11 New Jersey 0 – 3 Florida Vokoun 10,847 1–3–0 2
5 October 13 Tampa Bay 4 – 6 Florida Vokoun 15,801 2–3–0 4
6 October 16 Florida 2 – 1 Montreal SO Vokoun 21,273 3–3–0 6
7 October 18 Florida 2 – 3 Toronto Anderson 19,349 3–4–0 6
8 October 20 Florida 1 – 4 Ottawa Vokoun 19,904 3–5–0 6
9 October 24 Philadelphia 3 – 4 Florida Vokoun 12,856 4–5–0 8
10 October 26 Buffalo 4 – 2 Florida Vokoun 15,842 4–6–0 8
11 October 27 Florida 3 – 4 Nashville Vokoun 15,767 4–7–0 8
12 October 31 Carolina 2 – 4 Florida Vokoun 10,063 5–7–0 10

November[edit]

Record: 7–6–1; Home: 3–3–0; Road: 4–3–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
13 November 2 Florida 4 – 2 Buffalo Vokoun 18,690 6–7–0 12
14 November 3 Florida 2 – 4 Carolina Vokoun 17,547 6–8–0 12
15 November 5 Tampa Bay 3 – 4 Florida Vokoun 10,149 7–8–0 14
16 November 7 Florida 1 – 3 Tampa Bay Vokoun 16,526 7–9–0 14
17 November 9 Atlanta 4 – 1 Florida Vokoun 14,268 7–10–0 14
18 November 12 Carolina 4 – 3 Florida Vokoun 12,715 7–11–0 14
19 November 13 Florida 2 – 3 Atlanta OT Anderson 12,599 7–11–1 15
20 November 15 Washington 1 – 2 Florida Vokoun 12,101 8–11–1 17
21 November 17 Florida 1 – 2 Carolina Vokoun 16,962 8–12–1 17
22 November 19 Florida 4 – 3 Washington Vokoun 13,411 9–12–1 19
23 November 21 Florida 5 – 2 Columbus Vokoun 13,326 10–12–1 21
24 November 23 NY Rangers 2 – 3 Florida SO Vokoun 19,250 11–12–1 23
25 November 28 Florida 2 – 1 Washington SO Vokoun 10,526 12–12–1 25
26 November 29 Boston 4 – 3 Florida Anderson 14,926 12–13–1 25

December[edit]

Record: 6–5–2; Home: 2–4–2; Road: 4–1–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
27 December 1 Washington 2 – 1 Florida Vokoun 14,333 12–14–1 25
28 December 5 Ottawa 5 – 4 Florida Anderson 11,289 12–15–1 25
29 December 7 NY Islanders 0 – 3 Florida Vokoun 14,502 13–15–1 27
30 December 11 Calgary 2 – 1 Florida SO Vokoun 12,499 13–15–2 28
31 December 13 Florida 1 – 0 St. Louis Vokoun 14,088 14–15–2 30
32 December 15 Florida 2 – 5 Detroit Vokoun 20,066 14–16–2 30
33 December 16 Florida 3 – 1 Chicago Vokoun 12,926 15–16–2 32
34 December 18 Florida 3 – 2 Montreal Vokoun 21,273 16–16–2 34
35 December 20 Carolina 4 – 5 Florida Vokoun 15,061 17–16–2 36
36 December 22 Toronto 2 – 1 Florida OT Vokoun 18,500 17–16–3 37
37 December 27 Florida 5 – 3 Atlanta Vokoun 16,080 18–16–3 39
38 December 28 Montreal 5 – 1 Florida Vokoun 19,838 18–17–3 39
39 December 30 Philadelphia 1 – 0 Florida Vokoun 18,767 18–18–3 39

January[edit]

Record: 4–6–2; Home: 1–2–2; Road: 3–4–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
40 January 2 Florida 2 – 3 New Jersey Vokoun 14,124 18–19–3 39
41 January 3 Florida 4 – 3 NY Islanders OT Anderson 11,428 19–19–3 41
42 January 5 Florida 0 – 3 Pittsburgh Vokoun 17,090 19–20–3 41
43 January 8 Pittsburgh 3 – 1 Florida Vokoun 17,086 19–21–3 41
44 January 10 Florida 3 – 2 Atlanta SO Vokoun 14,805 20–21–3 43
45 January 12 Tampa Bay 5 – 3 Florida Vokoun 16,578 20–22–3 43
46 January 13 Colorado 4 – 3 Florida SO Vokoun 13,854 20–22–4 44
47 January 16 Florida 3 – 5 Philadelphia Vokoun 19,207 20–23–4 44
48 January 18 Florida 2 – 1 New Jersey Anderson 15,203 21–23–4 46
49 January 19 Florida 3 – 5 Washington Vokoun 16,973 21–24–4 46
50 January 22 Ottawa 3 – 5 Florida Vokoun 12,794 22–24–4 48
51 January 24 Edmonton 4 – 3 Florida SO Vokoun 12,322 22–24–5 49
52 January 30 Buffalo 1 – 0 Florida Vokoun 14,024 22–25–5 49

February[edit]

Record:6–6–3 ; Home:2–1–3 ; Road:4–5–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
53 February 1 Vancouver 3 – 4 Florida SO Vokoun 17,523 23–25–5 51
54 February 2 Florida 3 – 2 Tampa Bay Vokoun 19,977 24–25–5 53
55 February 5 Florida 8 – 0 Toronto Vokoun 19,430 25–25–5 55
56 February 7 Florida 4 – 5 Ottawa Vokoun 19,435 25–26–5 55
57 February 9 Florida 6 – 3 Boston Vokoun 19,893 26–26–5 57
58 February 10 Florida 3 – 5 Buffalo Anderson 18,690 26–27–5 57
59 February 13 Montreal 2 – 1 Florida OT Vokoun 17,100 26–27–6 58
60 February 15 Washington 2 – 4 Florida Vokoun 16,202 27–27–6 60
61 February 16 Florida 4 – 5 Carolina Vokoun 17,737 27–28–6 60
62 February 19 Florida 2 – 2 Pittsburgh Vokoun 17,075 27–29–6 60
63 February 21 Boston 5 – 4 Florida SO Vokoun 14,992 27–29–7 61
64 February 23 Florida 2 – 1 Philadelphia OT Anderson 19,629 28–29–7 63
65 February 24 Florida 0 – 5 NY Rangers Anderson 17,645 28–30–7 63
66 February 27 Toronto 4 – 3 Florida SO Vokoun 14,457 28–30–8 64
67 February 29 Minnesota 3 – 2 Florida Vokoun 17,897 28–31–8 64

March[edit]

Record: 8–3–1 ; Home: 6–2–1 ; Road: 2–1–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
68 March 2 Florida 1 – 0 NY Islanders Anderson 15,314 29–31–8 66
69 March 4 Florida 1 – 0 Boston OT Anderson 16,478 30–31–8 68
70 March 6 Pittsburgh 2 – 5 Florida Anderson 17,012 31–31–8 70
71 March 8 Atlanta 2 – 3 Florida OT Vokoun 16,614 32–31–8 72
72 March 12 NY Islanders 2 – 4 Florida Vokoun 15,233 33–31–8 74
73 March 14 NY Rangers 2 – 3 Florida Vokoun 19,321 34–31–8 76
74 March 16 Atlanta 1 – 3 Florida Vokoun 15,704 35–31–8 78
75 March 20 Carolina 2 – 1 Florida SO Vokoun 18,546 35–31–9 79
76 March 22 Tampa Bay 2 – 4 Florida Vokoun 18,502 36–31–9 81
77 March 25 Florida 1 – 3 Tampa Bay Vokoun 16,110 36–32–9 81
78 March 27 Atlanta 3 – 2 Florida Vokoun 17,301 36–33–9 81
79 March 29 Washington 3 – 2 Florida Vokoun 17,832 36–34–9 81

April[edit]

Record: 2–1–0 ; Home: 0–0–0 ; Road: 2–1–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
80 April 1 Florida 3 – 2 Atlanta Anderson 15,453 37–34–9 83
81 April 4 Florida 4 – 3 Carolina Anderson 18,680 38–34–9 85
82 April 5 Florida 1 – 3 Washington Anderson 18,277 38–35–9 85

Playoffs[edit]

The Panthers failed to qualify for the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. They last made the playoffs in 2000.

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

    Regular season
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Olli Jokinen 82 34 37 71 67
Nathan Horton 82 27 35 62 85
Stephen Weiss 74 13 29 42 40
David Booth 73 22 18 40 40
Jay Bouwmeester 82 15 22 37 72
Richard Zednik 54 15 11 26 43
Rostislav Olesz 56 14 12 26 16
Kamil Kreps 76 8 17 25 29
Steve Montador 73 8 15 23 73
Jozef Stumpel 52 7 13 20 10

Goaltenders[edit]

    Regular season
Player GP Min W L OT GA SO SV% GAA
Tomas Vokoun 69 4031 30 29 8 180 4 .919 2.63
Craig Anderson 17 935 8 6 1 35 2 .935 2.25

Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Records[edit]

  • On October 24, Olli Jokinen scored two goals against the Philadelphia Flyers to surpass Scott Mellanby on the franchise's all-time goal-scoring (158) and points (355) lists.

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Cory Murphy 1st NHL Game October 4, 2007
Cory Murphy 1st NHL Goal
1st NHL Point
October 6, 2007
Bryan Allen 300th NHL Game October 6, 2007
Cory Murphy 1st NHL Assist October 11, 2007
Stefan Meyer 1st NHL Game October 24, 2007
Ville Peltonen 100th NHL Point October 26, 2007
Olli Jokinen 400th NHL Point October 27, 2007
Radek Dvorak 300th NHL PIM November 2, 2007
Tanner Glass 1st NHL Game November 12, 2007

Transactions[edit]

The Panthers have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season.

Trades[edit]

June 13, 2007
[1]
To Florida Panthers
2nd-round pick in either 2007 or 2008
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Chris Gratton
June 22, 2007
To Florida Panthers
Tomas Vokoun
To Nashville Predators
1st-round pick in 2008
2nd-round pick in 2007
conditional 2nd-round pick
February 26, 2008
To Florida Panthers
Wade Belak
To Toronto Maple Leafs
5th-round pick in 2008
February 26, 2008
To Florida Panthers
Karlis Skrastins
3rd-round pick in 2008
To Colorado Avalanche
Ruslan Salei
February 26, 2008
To Florida Panthers
Chad Kilger
To Toronto Maple Leafs
3rd-round pick in 2008

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team Contract Terms
Richard Zednik New York Islanders 2 years, $3.25 million
Brett McLean Colorado Avalanche 3 years, $5.1 million
Radek Dvorak St. Louis Blues 2 years, $3.1 million
Player New team
Martin Gelinas Nashville Predators
Alexei Semenov San Jose Sharks
Alex Auld Phoenix Coyotes

Draft picks[edit]

Florida's picks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio.[2] The Panthers had the 10th overall pick.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 10 Keaton Ellerby (D)  Canada Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
2 40 Michal Repik (RW)  Czech Republic Vancouver Giants (WHL)
3 71 Evgeny Dadonov (RW)  Russia Traktor Chelyabinsk (RUS)
4 101 Matt Rust (C)  United States US National Team Development Program (NAHL)
5 131 John Lee (D)  United States Moorhead High School, MN
6 181 Corey Syvret (D)  Canada Guelph Storm (OHL)
7 191 Ryan Wilson (LW)  Canada Cambridge Winterhawks (MWJHL)
7 202 Sergei Gaiduchenko (G)  Ukraine Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (RUS)

Farm teams[edit]

American Hockey League[edit]

Florida has an affiliation agreement with the Rochester Americans for this season.

ECHL[edit]

The Florida Everblades remained the Panthers' ECHL affiliate that season.

Roster[edit]

2007–08 Florida Panthers Roster
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

References[edit]