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5 Things To Know: Panthers vs Devils

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5 Things To Know: Panthers vs Devils
FLORIDA PANTHERS (31-22-8 70pts.) vs. NEW JERSEY DEVILS (39-19-3 81pts.)
February 28, 2009
Prudential Center
1:00 P.M.


5. The Florida Panther have posted a 15-6-3 mark since Jan. 1, earning points in 18 of their last 24 games. After 61 games, Florida (31-22-8) owns their best record since 1999-2000 (34-19-4-4), the last time that the Panthers qualified for the post season. The Panthers play their third game of a five-game road trip this afternoon against the NJ Devils, before playing the 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 and most recently earned a 2-1 come-from-behind win over the NY Rangers on Thursday, Feb. 26.

4. D Jay Bouwmeester ranks first in the NHL averaging 27:08 of ice time per game (as of 2/27) and ranks 23rd among NHL league leaders (as of 2/27) with 31 points (12-19-31). He also holds the NHL’s active consecutive games played streak at 321 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 2.58 GAA and place third in the NHL with a .924 (as of 2/27) save percentage. Additionally, the duo of Vokoun and Anderson has combined for a 9-2-2 record when they face 40 or more shots.

2. C Michael Frolik ranks tied for seventh among NHL rookie scoring leaders with 29 points (14-15-29). In addition, Frolik places seventh among rookie leaders in shots on goal (107) and sixth in rookie goal scoring (14) (as of 2/27). 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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