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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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