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5 Things To Watch: Jan. 9 at Buffalo

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 Buffalo.

Thursday, 01.9.2014 / 11:30 AM ET / News
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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5 Things To Watch: Jan. 9 at Buffalo
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 Buffalo.

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 Buffalo.



PANTHERS (16-20-6) at CANADIENS (24-14-5)
7:00 PM ET; TV: FOX Sports Network; RADIO: 560 AM
Last 10: Florida 5-4-1; Buffalo 5-3-2

STREAKING KILLER B'S: The Panthers’ line featuring uber rookie Aleksander Barkov centering fellow Finn Sean Bergenheim and "Not a Finn" Brad Boyes has been swarming the nets recently. Barkov has tallied 12 points (3-9-12) in his last 12 games, Bergenheim has six goals in his last six (and eight in his last 12) and Boyes sits on a four-game point streak, posting six points (2-4-6).

FRANCHISE RECORD FOR SASHA?: The 18-year old and newly minted Finnish Olympian will take sole possession of the Panthers’ All-Time rookie point streak with a point this evening. The Flying Finn has posted seven points (1-6-7) over his current six-game streak, pulling him even with Jesse Belanger (1993-94) and Kristian Huselius (2000-01) for the franchise record by a freshman. Barkov’s six-game streak is one short of the mark posted by Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat, whose current seven game point streak is the longest by a rookie this season.

SOUP'S ON IN BUFFALO: Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell is set to play in his 800th NHL game against the team he started his NHL career with. He should see a lot of time against Buffalo, were he spent his first eight years in the league and played in 391 games, as Soupy has averaged 27:43 in ice time this season for the Cats. Campbell will become only the 66th active player in the league to have hit the 800 game mark.

TWO HOT TEAMS, ONE COLD CITY: Thursday night's matchup will feature two teams who have shown marked improvements as of late. Florida is 6-4 over their last 10 road games, having notched victories across the land in Colorado, Vancouver, Detroit, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. The Sabres have won their last five home contests and have allowed only one goal in each of their last three home wins. The Sabres home game on Tuesday versus Carolina was cancelled due to inclement weather.

BETWEEN THE PIPES:  Offense could be at a premium come Thursday night as expected starters Tim Thomas and Jhonas Enroth have been stingy against opposing teams. Thomas has allowed more than two goals just once in his last six games while Enroth has allowed three goals or less in each of his last five five contests. 

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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