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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 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 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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