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5 Things To Watch: Dec. 29 vs Montreal

Sunday, 12.29.2013 / 11:25 AM ET / News
By Nathalie Sczublewski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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5 Things To Watch: Dec. 29 vs Montreal
Whether you\'re going to the game or if you can\'t make it and are catching the game on FOX Sports Florida or 560 WQAM, here are the five things to look for in tonight\'s matchup against Montreal.

Whether you're going to the game or if you can't make it and are catching the game on FOX Sports Florida or 560 WQAM, here are the five things to look for in tonight's meeting.

CANADIENS (23-13-3) at PANTHERS (14-20-5)
5:00 PM ET; TV: FOX Sports Network; RADIO: 560 AM

SCORE STORM: Sunday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens will mark the second out of four meetings the Panthers face against the Habs. The first meeting took place on Dec. 15th at the Bell Centre as the Panthers won the game with a 2-1 victory with goals scored by Jesse Winchester and Nick Bjugstad. Panther’s goaltender, Scott Clemmensen, stopped 17 shots during this game. 

BRIEF HISTORY: The Montreal Canadiens have been in the NHL for over a hundred years and are part of the “Original Six” teams from the start of the NHL. The Florida Panthers celebrate 20 years being a part of the NHL but Florida has found success against one of the league’s pillars, posting a 35-26-6-8 record overall and 18-14-3-3 in Sunrise.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT: Canadiens’ goaltender Carey Price has been strong in net this season and currently holds (18-11-2). He is tied for fifth in the league with 18 wins and ninth in save percentage with .932. In the Canadiens’ last game against the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night, Price made 23 saves as Montreal won 2-1 in the shootout.

ROOKIES IN THE MIDDLE: Florida Panthers have had their fair share of rookies come through and current rookies Nick Bjugstad and Aleksander Barkov have been excellent in the middle for the Cats. Bjugstad has scored six goals in his last 14 games, including one to tie the game at two in the second against Detroit while the Finnish native and 18-year old is ranked tied for ninth among all NHL rookies with (6-11-17) and has five points in his last five games.

MAN ON FIRE: Montreal Left Winger, Max Pacioretty was voted by fans as the Bell Player of the Week from Dec. 17 to 23 due to his performance on the ice. During that week, the left winger had three goals and one assist. Pacioretty led the way for the Canadiens last regular season with (15-24-39). Fans will have to keep an eye out to see if Pacioretty will continue to keep up his performance during Sunday’s game.

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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 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
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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