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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. 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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