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5 Things To Know: Panthers vs Bruins

Tuesday, 02.24.2009 / 9:48 AM ET / Preview
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5 Things To Know: Panthers vs Bruins
FLORIDA PANTHERS (30-21-8 68pts.) vs. BOSTON BRUINS (40-12-8 88pts.)
February 24, 2009
TD BankNorth Garden
7:00 P.M.


5. The Florida Panther have posted a 14-5-3 mark since Jan. 1, earning points in 17 of their last 22 games and currently sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 68 points. Only three clubs (New Jersey, Detroit and Washington) boast a better record since Jan. 1. The Panthers begin a five-game road trip tonight in Boston, before playing the NY Rangers (Feb. 26), New Jersey Devils (Feb. 28), Washington Capitals (Mar. 1) and the Atlanta Thrashers (Mar. 3).

4. D Jay Bouwmeester ranks first in the NHL averaging 27:11 of ice time per game and ranks 22nd among NHL league leaders with 31 points (12-19-31). He also holds the NHL’s active consecutive games played streak at 319 games played, dating back to the 2003-04 season. Additionally, with his 50th goal of his NHL career on Thursday, Feb. 5, Bouwmeester became just the second Panthers defenseman to record 50 tallies while playing for the Cats, joining Robert Svehla (61).

3. The Panthers goaltending tandem of Tomas Vokoun and Craig Anderson ranks sixth in the NHL with 2.55 GAA and places tied for second in the NHL with a .924 save percentage. Additionally, the duo of Vokoun and Anderson has combined for a 8-2-2 record when they face 40 or more shots.

2. C Michael Frolik ranks tied for fifth among NHL rookie scoring leaders with 29 points (14-15-29). In addition, Frolik places tied for sixth among rookie leaders in shots on goal (105) and sixth in rookie goal scoring (14). He recorded the first three point effort (1-2-3) of his NHL career on Tuesday, Jan. 27 in the Panthers 3-2 victory over Philadelphia.

1. The Panthers place first in the NHL with 10 different players who have recorded at least 10 goals (Booth, Horton, Stillman, Bouwmeester, Campbell, Frolik, McCabe, Zednik, Weiss, Dvorak) and place tied for first in the NHL with 12 different players who have recorded at least 20 points (Booth, Weiss, Horton, Bouwmeester, Stillman, Frolik, Campbell, Dvorak, McCabe, Peltonen, Ballard, Zednik).

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