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Two Big Home Games

Monday, 02.03.2014 / 5:30 PM
By Randy Moller - FloridaPanthers.com / From The Booth
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Two Big Home Games

It's a big week before the Winter Games break!

With the Panthers returning home after spending seven of the last eight games on the road, including the last four straight, this week sets up to be huge with three games before the “NHL Shutdown” Olympic break.

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, two of the league's "Original 6" franchises return to South Florida. It's the last two home games before the NHL sends their stars to Sochi, each seeking a precious gold medal.

As Atlantic Division rivals, Toronto (Tuesday) and Detroit (Thursday) provide the Panthers with compelling home games. Florida split the first two games in Toronto and have earned six out of a possible eight points through the first four meetings (3-1-0) against the boys from the Motor City.

After Aleksander Barkov’s four-game lower body injury absence, the Cat’s “Killer B” line is re-united, hoping to provide the needed offense. The Brad Boyes, Sean Bergenheim and Barkov trio have combined for 12 goals and 24 points in their last 14 games together.

Toronto comes to town tomorrow as the NHL’s hottest team. They are 10-1-1 in their last 12 games. Led by the NHL’s January 2nd Star of the Month, Phil Kessel, the Olympic Team USA and Maple Leaf sniper invades the BB&T Center having scorched the Ottawa Senators (a hat trick), Panthers (two assists) and the Lightning (game-winning assist) in his last three games.

The injury riddled Red Wings limp into Sunrise currently on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff window, which Detroit has participated in the last 22nd consecutive and impressive years. Expect both top Wing centermen Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterburg to suit up, fully healed from nagging post-Christmas injuries. Keep an eye on young superstar Gustav Nyquist, Detroit’s multi-talented forward. The 24-year old Swede recorded his first NHL career Hat Trick on Sunday, finishing up his last eight games with 12 points over that stretch. Currently not on the Swedish Team Olympic roster, that could change once the final rosters are frozen.

The Panthers currently sport a 9-11-1 record in the Atlantic Division with two more this week. A .500 inter-division record before the Olympic break would definitely be a welcome sight. Hope to see everyone this week at the BB&T Center before enjoying the Winter Olympics!

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
3 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 64 22 16 -9 38
J. Huberdeau 61 9 28 3 37
A. Ekblad 64 11 23 7 34
J. Jokinen 63 6 28 -1 34
B. Boyes 62 11 21 8 32
J. Jagr 60 12 19 -10 31
J. Hayes 55 17 12 -4 29
B. Campbell 64 3 20 2 23
A. Barkov 53 10 12 -5 22
V. Trocheck 34 5 11 8 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .921 2.37
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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