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2017–18 Florida Panthers season

The 2017–18 Florida Panthers season was the 25th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 14, 1993.[1] The Panthers missed the playoffs for the second straight season, despite recording 96 points, tied with the 2014–15 Boston Bruins and 2018–19 Montreal Canadiens for the most by a team to miss the playoffs.

2017–18 Florida Panthers
Division4th Atlantic
Conference9th Eastern
2017–18 record44–30–8
Home record27–11–3
Road record17–19–5
Goals for248
Goals against246
Team information
General ManagerDale Tallon
CoachBob Boughner
CaptainDerek MacKenzie
Alternate captainsAleksander Barkov
Aaron Ekblad
Vincent Trocheck
Keith Yandle
ArenaBB&T Center
Minor league affiliate(s)Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL)
Team leaders
GoalsVincent Trocheck (31)
AssistsAleksander Barkov (51)
PointsAleksander Barkov (78)
Penalty minutesMicheal Haley (212)
Plus/minusJared McCann (+11)
WinsJames Reimer (22)
Goals against averageRoberto Luongo (2.47)

StandingsEdit

Atlantic Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 z – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 54 23 5 48 296 236 +60 113
2 x – Boston Bruins 82 50 20 12 47 270 214 +56 112
3 x – Toronto Maple Leafs 82 49 26 7 42 277 232 +45 105
4 Florida Panthers 82 44 30 8 41 248 246 +2 96
5 Detroit Red Wings 82 30 39 13 25 217 255 −38 73
6 Montreal Canadiens 82 29 40 13 27 209 264 −55 71
7 Ottawa Senators 82 28 43 11 26 221 291 −70 67
8 Buffalo Sabres 82 25 45 12 24 199 280 −81 62
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; z – Clinched conference.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 ME x – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 45 30 7 39 242 230 +12 97
2 ME x – New Jersey Devils 82 44 29 9 39 248 244 +4 97
3 AT Florida Panthers 82 44 30 8 41 248 246 +2 96
4 ME Carolina Hurricanes 82 36 35 11 33 228 256 −28 83
5 ME New York Islanders 82 35 37 10 32 264 296 −32 80
6 ME New York Rangers 82 34 39 9 31 231 268 −37 77
7 AT Detroit Red Wings 82 30 39 13 25 217 255 −38 73
8 AT Montreal Canadiens 82 29 40 13 27 209 264 −55 71
9 AT Ottawa Senators 82 28 43 11 26 221 291 −70 67
10 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 25 45 12 24 199 280 −81 62
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Schedule and resultsEdit

PreseasonEdit

The preseason schedule was released on June 9, 2017.[2]

Regular seasonEdit

The regular season schedule was published on June 22, 2017.[3]

2017–18 game log

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Player statisticsEdit

As of April 9, 2018[4]

SkatersEdit

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Aleksander Barkov 79 27 51 78 9 14
Vincent Trocheck 82 31 44 75 −9 54
Jonathan Huberdeau 82 27 42 69 −2 32
Evgenii Dadonov 74 28 37 65 10 8
Keith Yandle 82 8 48 56 7 35
Nick Bjugstad 82 19 30 49 5 41
Aaron Ekblad 82 16 22 38 9 71
Jamie McGinn 76 13 16 29 −5 33
Jared McCann 68 9 19 28 11 30
Michael Matheson 81 10 17 27 −1 61
Colton Sceviour 76 11 13 24 6 24
Denis Malgin 51 11 11 22 4 6
Mark Pysyk 82 3 13 16 −8 20
Radim Vrbata 42 5 9 14 −7 16
Derek MacKenzie 75 3 11 14 −9 31
Alex Petrovic 67 2 11 13 −2 98
Connor Brickley 44 4 8 12 −6 19
Micheal Haley 75 3 6 9 −13 212
Frank Vatrano 16 5 3 8 6 12
MacKenzie Weegar 60 2 6 8 5 32
Maxim Mamin 26 3 1 4 2 7
Ian McCoshen 38 3 1 4 −10 25
Henrik Borgstrom 4 1 0 1 −1 0
Owen Tippett 7 1 0 1 −6 0
Henrik Haapala 5 0 1 1 0 0
Dryden Hunt 11 0 1 1 −5 2
Chase Balisy 8 0 0 0 −2 0
Curtis Valk 1 0 0 0 0 0

GoaltendersEdit

Regular season[4]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
James Reimer 44 42 2,411:25 22 14 6 120 2.99 1373 .913 4 0 1 4
Roberto Luongo 35 33 1,965:58 18 11 2 81 2.47 1143 .929 3 0 2 0
Harri Sateri 9 7 492:36 4 4 0 24 2.92 271 .911 0 0 0 0
Antti Niemi 2 0 58:42 0 1 0 5 5.11 39 .872 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Panthers. Statistics reflect time with the Panthers only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Statistics reflect time with the Panthers only.
Bold denotes season record.

TransactionsEdit

The Panthers have been involved in the following transactions during the 2017–18 season.