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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 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 45 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 45 6 21 5 27
J. Huberdeau 42 8 17 1 25
J. Jokinen 44 4 21 -2 25
B. Boyes 43 10 11 2 21
J. Hayes 37 13 7 -1 20
S. Bergenheim 34 7 9 1 16
A. Barkov 34 5 9 -5 14
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 11 8 .920 2.43
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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