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The Champs Are Coming

Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 10:10 AM
By Steve Goldstein - FloridaPanthers.com / From The Booth
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The Champs Are Coming

"The Champs are coming, the Champs are coming..."

Game 3 of the Panthers' season-long 6-game home stand has the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks in town. Both teams come off wins Saturday night, the Panthers beat Minnesota 2-1 in a shootout while the Blackawks earned a 3-1 victory over Toronto. Tonight will be a different challenge as the Hawks present a big, literally, challenge. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews get all the pub, and it's well deserved, but Chicago boasts a number of big, strong forwards that the Panthers must physically match up with.

The Hawks defense is solid, led by Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. The Panthers will need to have everyone going tonight to get a win. Tim Thomas has been super the last two games since returning from injury and said he's getting better as he goes along.

That bodes well as does the timely goal scoring of rookie Aleksander Barkov and 20-year old second year forward Jonathan Huberdeau. These two have been fun to watch and have produced. Panthers' fans are watching stars in the making right before their eyes. A win tonight would be a huge shot in the arm for the Cats. With Buffalo and Tampa Bay in town this weekend it could shape up to be a solid home stand. A big effort is needed tonight though.

Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center, and we are on the air at 7 p.m. with the pre-game show.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 72 13 34 8 47
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 74 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 70 13 26 -3 39
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 74 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 65 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 64 14 17 -2 31
B. Campbell 75 3 21 2 24
B. Pirri 42 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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