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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 against 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.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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