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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, 01.09.2014 / 11:30 AM / 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 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 47 16 13 -2 29
A. Ekblad 47 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 44 9 17 0 26
J. Jokinen 46 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 45 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 36 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 36 5 10 -6 15
B. Campbell 47 3 12 0 15
D. Kulikov 42 1 13 -4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 12 8 .920 2.41
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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