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5 Things To Know: Panthers vs Rangers

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5 Things To Know: Panthers vs Rangers
FLORIDA PANTHERS (30-22-8 68pts.) vs. NEW YORK RANGERS (31-23-8 70pts.)
February 26, 2009
Madison Square Garden
7:00 P.M.


5. The Florida Panther have posted a 14-6-3 mark since Jan. 1, earning points in 17 of their last 23 games and currently sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 68 points. After 60 games, Florida (30-22-8) owns third best record since 1999-2000 (33-19-4-4), the last time that the Panthers qualified for the post season. The Panthers play their second game of a five-game road trip tonight against the NY Rangers, before playing the New Jersey Devils (Feb. 28), Washington Capitals (Mar. 1) and the Atlanta Thrashers (Mar. 3). The Cats opened the road trip with a 6-1 loss in Boston on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

4. D Jay Bouwmeester ranks second in the NHL averaging 27:05 of ice time per game and ranks 23rd 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 2.60 GAA and places tied for second in the NHL with a .923 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 sixth among NHL rookie scoring leaders with 29 points (14-15-29). In addition, Frolik places sixth among rookie leaders in shots on goal (106) 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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