2011–12 Florida Panthers season

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2011–12 Florida Panthers
Southeast Division champions
Division 1st Southeast
Conference 3rd Eastern
2011–12 record 38–26–18
Home record 21–9–11
Road record 17–16–7
Goals for 202
Goals against 222
Team information
General Manager Dale Tallon
Coach Kevin Dineen
Captain Vacant
Alternate captains Brian Campbell
Ed Jovanovski
Tomas Kopecky
Stephen Weiss
Arena BankAtlantic Center
Average attendance 16,628 (86.3%)

Total: 681,763
Team leaders
Goals Tomas Fleischmann (27)
Assists Brian Campbell (49)
Points Tomas Fleischmann (61)
Penalties in minutes Krystofer Barch (91)
Plus/minus Jason Garrison (+6)
Wins Jose Theodore (22)
Goals against average Jose Theodore (2.46)

The 2011–12 Florida Panthers season was the 19th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 14, 1993.[1]

The Panthers enjoyed a resurgence on the backs of their "We See Red" campaign, and qualified for the playoffs, 12 years after their previous playoff appearance in 2000, and also won their division for the first time. However, the Panthers could not further their progress, losing in the opening round to the New Jersey Devils, who would go on to be the Stanley Cup runner-up. The Panthers had a 3–2 lead in the series before dropping Games 6 and 7 to be eliminated from the playoffs.

Off-season[edit]

On June 1, 2011, the Panthers introduced their new head coach, former NHL player Kevin Dineen.[2] Dineen had spent the previous six seasons coaching the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Regular season[edit]

See the game log below for detailed game-by-game season information.

The Panthers had their first quality season in over a decade in 2011–12, having never finished above third place in the Southeast Division since 1999–2000. Despite losing more games than they won, competition for the Panthers within the Division was not fierce, and the team was in third place in the Eastern Conference as the Southeast Division leader throughout much of the season. Although the Panthers amassed more losses than wins, 18 of these losses were in overtime or a shootout (the highest number of any team in the NHL for the 2011–12 season), meaning Florida often gained a point even when they failed to come out on top.

Playoffs[edit]

The Panthers clinched a playoff berth on April 5, 2012, securing the return of playoff hockey to South Florida for the first time in 12 years. The third-seeded Panthers had home ice advantage by virtue of winning their division, despite the sixth-seeded New Jersey Devils besting them in regular season point totals (102 to 94). The Devils won the first game of the series, but the Panthers bounced back with a win in Game 2 to even the series as it headed to New Jersey. The Panthers would return the favor by winning Game 3, 4–3, but the Devils recorded a shutout in Game 4, 4–0. The Panthers returned home to play Game 5 and were one win away from winning their first post-season series since 1996 after notching a shutout of their own, 3–0. The series went back to New Jersey for the final time of the series, with the home team tying the series after winning Game 6 in overtime, the first extra period of the series. The seventh and deciding game went even longer than Game 6 after the Panthers managed to score two power-play goals in the third period to force overtime. The game—and series—was still even after the completion of one extra period. Less than four minutes into the second overtime, the first shot on goal by either team was recorded by Devils rookie center Adam Henrique and notched his second goal of the game and deciding goal of the series, eliminating the Panthers from the playoffs, 3–2.

Standings[edit]

Southeast Division[3]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y – Florida Panthers 82 38 26 18 32 203 227 94
2 Washington Capitals 82 42 32 8 38 222 230 92
3 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 38 36 8 35 235 281 84
4 Winnipeg Jets 82 37 35 10 33 225 246 84
5 Carolina Hurricanes 82 33 33 16 32 213 243 82
Eastern Conference[4]
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – New York Rangers AT 82 51 24 7 47 226 187 109
2 y – Boston Bruins NE 82 49 29 4 40 269 202 102
3 y – Florida Panthers SE 82 38 26 18 32 203 227 94
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 51 25 6 42 282 221 108
5 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 47 26 9 43 264 232 103
6 New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 28 6 36 228 209 102
7 Washington Capitals SE 82 42 32 8 38 222 230 92
8 Ottawa Senators NE 82 41 31 10 35 249 240 92
8.5
9 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 39 32 11 32 218 230 89
10 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 38 36 8 35 235 281 84
11 Winnipeg Jets SE 82 37 35 10 33 225 246 84
12 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 33 33 16 32 213 243 82
13 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 35 37 10 31 231 264 80
14 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 27 203 255 79
15 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 31 35 16 26 212 226 78

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

bold - qualified for playoffs, y – Clinched division, z – Clinched conference (and division)


Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Legend
Panthers Win Panthers Regulation Loss Panthers OT/Shootout Loss ASG
Boldface text denotes a Panthers goalie
2011–12 Game Log

Playoffs[edit]

Legend
Panthers Win Panthers Loss
Boldface text denotes a Panthers goalie
2011–12 Playoff Game Log

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals ; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore 53 3049 22 16 11 125 2.46 1502 .917 3 0 0 2
Clemmensen, ScottScott Clemmensen 30 1566 14 6 6 67 2.57 773 .913 1 0 1 0
Markstrom, JacobJacob Markstrom 7 383 2 4 1 17 2.66 222 .923 0 0 0 0
Foster, BrianBrian Foster 1 5 0 0 0 0 0.00 1 1.000 0 0 0 0
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore 5 268 2 2 11 2.46 135 .919 1 0 0 0
Clemmensen, ScottScott Clemmensen 3 179 1 2 7 2.35 88 .920 0 0 1 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Panthers. Stats reflect time with Panthers only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Erik Gudbranson 1st Career NHL Game October 8, 2011
Bracken Kearns 1st Career NHL Game October 20, 2011
Jacob Markstrom 1st Career NHL Win October 22, 2011
Jack Skille 100th Career NHL Game October 24, 2011
Tomas Kopecky 100th Career NHL Point October 29, 2011
Marcel Goc 400th Career NHL Game October 31, 2011
Marco Sturm 900th Career NHL Game October 31, 2011
Tomas Fleischmann 100th Career NHL Assist November 10, 2011
Erik Gudbranson 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
December 1, 2011
Tim Kennedy 100th Career NHL Game December 1, 2011
Jose Theodore 600th Career NHL Game December 8, 2011
Erik Gudbranson 1st Career NHL Goal December 11, 2011
Kris Versteeg 100th Career NHL Assist December 11, 2011
Greg Rallo 1st Career NHL Game December 18, 2011
Stephen Weiss 600th Career NHL Game January 18, 2012
Brian Foster 1st Career NHL Game February 4, 2012
Kris Versteeg 300th Career NHL Game February 7, 2012
Keaton Ellerby 100th Career NHL Game February 9, 2012
Tomas Fleischmann 200th Career NHL Point February 12, 2012
Colby Robak 1st Career NHL Game February 12, 2012
Tyson Strachan 1st Career NHL Goal February 12, 2012
Tomas Kopecky 400th Career NHL Game March 3, 2012
Krys Barch 300th Career NHL Game March 13, 2012
Brian Campbell 300th Career NHL Assist March 15, 2012
Brian Campbell 700th Career NHL Game March 23, 2012
Shawn Matthias 200th Career NHL Game March 27, 2012
Mike Weaver 500th Career NHL Game April 1, 2012
Kris Versteeg 200th Career NHL Point April 3, 2012

Final roster[edit]

Updated April 27, 2012.[11]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
21 Canada Barch, KrysKrys Barch LW L 37 2011 Hamilton, Ontario
20 Finland Bergenheim, SeanSean Bergenheim LW L 33 2011 Helsinki, Finland
22 Canada Bradley, MattMatt Bradley Injured Reserve RW R 38 2011 Stittsville, Ontario
51 Canada Campbell, BrianBrian Campbell (A) D L 38 2011 Strathroy, Ontario
30 United States Clemmensen, ScottScott Clemmensen G L 39 2009 Des Moines, Iowa
4 Canada Ellerby, KeatonKeaton Ellerby D L 28 2007 Strathmore, Alberta
14 Czech Republic Fleischmann, TomasTomas Fleischmann LW L 33 2011 Kopřivnice, Czechoslovakia
52 Canada Garrison, JasonJason Garrison D L 32 2008 White Rock, British Columbia
57 Germany Goc, MarcelMarcel Goc C L 33 2011 Calw, West Germany
44 Canada Gudbranson, ErikErik Gudbranson D R 25 2010 Ottawa, Ontario
55 Canada Jovanovski, EdEd Jovanovski (A) D L 40 2011 Windsor, Ontario
82 Slovakia Kopecky, TomasTomas Kopecky (A) LW L 35 2011 Ilava, Czechoslovakia
7 Russia Kulikov, DmitriDmitri Kulikov D L 26 2009 Lipetsk, Soviet Union
10 Canada Madden, JohnJohn Madden C L 44 2012 Toronto, Ontario
18 Canada Matthias, ShawnShawn Matthias C L 29 2007 Mississauga, Ontario
26 Sweden Samuelsson, MikaelMikael Samuelsson RW R 40 2011 Mariefred, Sweden
13 Canada Santorelli, MikeMike Santorelli C R 31 2010 Vancouver, British Columbia
12 United States Skille, JackJack Skille RW R 30 2011 Madison, Wisconsin
25 Canada Smithson, JerredJerred Smithson RW/C R 38 2012 Vernon, British Columbia
16 Germany Sturm, MarcoMarco Sturm LW L 38 2011 Dingolfing, West Germany
60 Canada Theodore, JoseJose Theodore G R 40 2011 Laval, Quebec
19 Canada Upshall, ScottieScottie Upshall RW L 33 2011 Fort McMurray, Alberta
32 Canada Versteeg, KrisKris Versteeg RW R 31 2011 Lethbridge, Alberta
43 Canada Weaver, MikeMike Weaver D R 39 2010 Brampton, Ontario
9 Canada Weiss, StephenStephen Weiss (A) C L 34 2001 Toronto, Ontario
8 Canada Wolski, WojtekWojtek Wolski LW L 31 2012 Zabrze, Poland

Transactions[edit]

The Panthers have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season.