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5 Things To Watch: Dec. 29 vs Montreal

Sunday, 12.29.2013 / 11:25 AM / 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.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 62 22 15 -8 37
J. Jokinen 61 6 28 -1 34
J. Huberdeau 59 9 24 2 33
A. Ekblad 62 9 23 8 32
B. Boyes 60 10 21 8 31
J. Jagr 58 11 18 -11 29
J. Hayes 53 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 62 3 19 3 22
A. Barkov 51 9 12 -6 21
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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