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5 Things To Watch: Jan. 6 at 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.

Monday, 01.06.2014 / 1:04 PM / News
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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5 Things To Watch: Jan. 6 at 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 matchup against Montreal.

PANTHERS (16-20-6) at CANADIENS (24-14-5)
7:30 PM ET; TV: FOX Sports Network; RADIO: 560 AM
Last 10: Florida 6-3-1; Montreal 5-3-2

STREAKING SASHA: The 18-year old young gun has been one of the Cats best two-way forwards from the very first game and now he's leading the way offensively. Thanks to his two assists against Nasvhille, Barkov now leads the Cats with 21 points (7-14-21) and is sixth among all NHL rookies in the points race. The center is currently on a five-game point streak (1-5-6), tied with Radek Dvorak for the second longest rookie point streak in franchise history, one behind Jesse Belanger's six games. The Finn also has posted 11 points in his last 11 games.

HUBY'S HOME: There should be a lot of Panthers No. 11 jerseys in the crowd at the Bell Centre tonight, all in support of reigning Calder trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau. This will be the second time of his career playing "at home." Growing up in St. Jerome, Quebec, about an hour away from Montreal, Huberdeau missed the first game of the season at the Bell Centre. Huberdeau got on the score sheet in a big way last game, picking up his first multi-assist game of the year in helping Florida pick up a 5-4 victory over Nashville. FOX Sports Florida will have an one-on-one interview with Huberdeau during the first intermission so don't miss it.

TROIS-A-ZERO: Not a lot of teams have had success against one of the league's original teams but the Panthers have over their 20-year history. They are 36-26-6-8 in that span and that includes going 2-0 against the Habs so far this season. They won a 2-1 decision back on Dec. 15 in Montreal before following that up with a 4-1 victory on Dec. 29. They'll look to go 3-0 in the season series between the two Atlantic Division teams and win both games in Montreal for the fourth time in franchise history (1993-94, 2007-08, 2011-12).

JOVO COP PART DEUX: Finishing an impressive plus-3 on 15:54 of ice time in his season debut on Saturday against Nashville, Ed Jovanovski will look to keep the Cats undefeated this season with the captain in the lineup. Playing with Alex Petrovic against the Preds, the captain will be paired with another young gun along the blue line as defenseman Erik Gudbranson returns to the lineup after having orbital bone surgery. The blue liner will wear a cage after missing the last five games.

HOT PLAY: The Panthers have been great since the beginning of December. They've gone 9-5-1 since Dec. 3 including a five-game winning streak during that span. They have identical 6-3-1 records in both their last 10 games overall and last 10 games on the road. Those winning ways have been sparked by goaltending play of Scott Clemmensen and Tim Thomas as well as the Killer B line of Barkov, Sean Bergenheim and Brad Boyes. Barkov with his 11 points in 11 games while Bergenheim has five goals in his last five games and Boyes has six points in his last three games.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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