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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)
UPCOMING EVENTS

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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