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Panthers Captain Ed Jovanovski Activated From Injured Reserve

D Ed Jovanovski to return to line-up Saturday vs. Nashville

Friday, 01.3.2014 / 12:45 PM ET / News
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Panthers Captain Ed Jovanovski Activated From Injured Reserve
D Ed Jovanovski to return to line-up Saturday vs. Nashville

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President/General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that team captain D Ed Jovanovski has been activated from injured reserve and is expected to make his season debut on Saturday night when Florida hosts the Nashville Predators at 7 p.m at the BB&T Center. 
 


“We are thrilled to have our captain back in the line-up,” said Tallon. “Ed worked extremely hard during his extensive rehabilitation process and should be commended for his diligent efforts both on and off the ice. He is a true professional in every sense, who adds leadership, character and a veteran presence to our locker room.” 
 


Jovanovski, 36, was originally drafted by the Florida Panthers first overall in the 1994 National Hockey League Draft. He sits third among Panthers defensemen with 580 PIM, fifth with 325 games played and seventh with 97 points (32-65-97). The Windsor, Ontario native has also played in 76 postseason contests helping the Panthers reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996. 
 


“I am very excited to get back on the ice with my teammates on Saturday night,” said Jovanovski. “I cannot thank our doctors and training staff enough for the countless hours they spent helping me rehab from my injury. I look forward to seeing all the Panthers fans at the BB&T Center tomorrow night.” 



For his career in the NHL, the 17-year veteran has played in 1,091 games for Florida (1995-1999 & 2011-current), Vancouver (1999-2006) and Phoenix (2006-2011) scoring 136 goals with 359 assists and 1,452 PIM. Florida signed Jovanovski to a four-year contract on July 1, 2011. 



Tickets for Saturday’s game are available now by calling 954-835-PUCK or logging on to Ticketmaster.com. Jovanovski’s return will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Florida and Sports Radio 560 WQAM. 



Fans can follow all the news and excitement related to the Panthers and Jovanovski’s return on FloridaPanthers.com and through Panthers social media (@FlaPanthers).  



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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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