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5 Things To Know: Panthers vs Blues

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5 Things To Know: Panthers vs Blues
FLORIDA PANTHERS (33-24-8 74pts.) vs. SAINT LOUIS BLUES (29-27-8 66pts.)
March 7, 2009
BankAtlantic Center
7:00 P.M.

5 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TONIGHT'S GAME:

5. The Florida Panthers have posted a 17-8-3 mark since Jan. 1, earning points in 20 of their last 28 games and have not lost back-to-back games in regulation during this span. The Cats currently sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 74 points. After 65 games, Florida (33-24-8) owns their best record since 1999-2000 (35-21-4-5), the last time that the Panthers qualified for the post season.

4. D Jay Bouwmeester ranks third in the NHL averaging 26:57 of ice time per game and ranks 20th among NHL league leaders with 34 points (13-21-34). He also holds the NHL’s active consecutive games played streak at 324 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 and the St. Louis Blues meet tonight for the first time in South Florida since Jan. 12, 2006, when the Cats defeated the Blues 3-1.

2. C Michael Frolik ranks fifth among NHL rookie scoring leaders with 33 points (17-16-33). In addition, Frolik places third in rookie goal scoring (17) and fourth among rookie leaders in shots on goal (119). He recorded the second two goal performance of his NHL career on Tuesday, Mar. 3 at Atlanta, in a 4-3 win over the Thrashers and his first three point effort (1-2-3) of his NHL career on Tuesday, Jan. 27 in the Panthers 3-2 victory over Philadelphia.

1. G Tomas Vokoun is expected to play in his 500th NHL game tonight against the St. Louis Blues. He becomes the 53rd goalie to accomplish this feat and just the seventh active goalie to reach the 500 games played milestone, joining Martin Brodeur (978), Curtis Joseph (934), Olaf Kolzig (719), Chris Osgood (695), Nikolai Khabibulin (665) and Roberto Luongo (522). The National Hockey League recognizes a goaltender’s 500th game as a major milestone achievement, as it does for a skater’s 1,000th game played. Vokoun will be honored with a special pre-game presentation prior to the game on Saturday, Mar. 14 when Florida hosts Tampa Bay.

BROADCAST
LOCAL TV:
FS FLORIDA
6:30 p.m. Panthers Live
7 p.m. - Panthers vs. Blues
Broadcasters: Steve Goldstein (PxP), Denis Potvin (Color), Craig Minervini (Host), Frank Forte (Sideline), Allison Williams (Sideline)

LOCAL RADIO:
790 The Ticket
6:30 p.m. - Panthers Preview
7 p.m. - Panthers vs. Blues
Broadcasters: Randy Moller (PxP), Bill Lindsay (Color)

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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