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5 Things To Watch: Dec. 28 vs Detroit

Saturday, 12.28.2013 / 12:00 PM ET / News
By Tori Martinez  - FloridaPanthers.com
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5 Things To Watch: Dec. 28 vs Detroit

Whether you're going to the game or if you can't make it and are catching the game on FOX Sports Florida or WSBR 720AM, here are the five things to look for in tonight's matchup.

RED WINGS (17-13-9) at PANTHERS (14-19-5)

THRICE IS NICE?: This will be Detroit and Florida’s third matchup of the season. In the Panthers first matchup against the Red Wings on Dec. 7, forward Jonathan Huberdeau recorded the game-winning goal in the third period, giving the Panthers a 2-1 victory in Detroit. Then in their second meeting at the BB&T Center three days later, it would be decided by the shootout, in which Aleksander Barkov and Brad Boyes scored for a 3-2 Panthers victory. Will this be back-to-back wins at home for the Panthers and three straight?

NO MAN LEFT BEHIND: On their five-game winning streak, the Panthers had allowed a total of eight goals. In their last two games, the Panthers have allowed 11. On Monday Dec. 23, the Cats allowed six goals, including five in the final two periods of play against cross-state rival Tampa Bay. Florida got on the board first as Sean Bergenheim scored a power play goal. Then things started to take a turn when Tampa Bay’s Alex Killorn tied the game up seconds later in the first period and it was all Lightning from there. The Panthers were disappointed by this loss and look to rebound against Detroit.

WHO’S ON TOP: With Tomas Fleischmann, Brian Campbell and Barkov nothing is impossible. These three players make huge impacts in game changing situations. They, along with Scottie Upshall (out hurt) lead the Panthers is scoring as Fleischmann (5-14-19), Campbell (4-12-16) and Barkov (6-10-16) have posted solid numbers to date.

SUCCESS OF LATE: In the past the Panthers haven’t found the greatest of success against Detroit but this year has been different so far after beating them two times in a row to open up their season series. Florida has won 7 out of the last 10 games overall.

BIG 20: Fox Sports Florida will be presenting “20 Years of Panthers Hockey,” shortly after the Florida Panthers vs Detroit Red Wings telecast. Be sure to tune in to see the unique history of the Panthers.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
7 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
11 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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