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5 Things To Watch: Jan. 11 at New Jersey

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 New Jersey.

Saturday, 01.11.2014 / 1:32 PM ET / News
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5 Things To Watch: Jan. 11 at New Jersey
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 New Jersey.

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 (17-21-6) at DEVILS (18-18-9)
7:00 PM ET; TV: FOX Sports Network; RADIO: 560 AM
Last 10: Florida 5-4-1; New Jersey 4-3-3

BOYES IN THE HOOD: Winger Brad Boyes helped Florida skate off with the full two points in Buffalo Thursday night, tying the game in the third period with his team-leading 12th of the season and then winning it in the shootout. Boyes currently rides a season-high five-game point streak (3-4-7). His six shootout goals are tied for second in the NHL.

TOOL TIME: Netminder Tim Thomas has continued stellar play between the pipes for the Cats allowing more than two goals in just one of his last seven games while going 5-1-1 in that span. Timmy earned the win after stopping 23 of 24 shots in regulation and another three shooters in the shootout to even his record at 11-11-2 on the season and increase his save percentage to .914.

ONE-GOAL GAMES: Florida has certainly learned how to hold on in one-goal games since Peter Horachek took over. After back-to-back losses in Horachek's first three days at the helm, the Panthers have gone 8-3-2 since when it's come down to one goal on the scoreboard.

THE FLYING FINN: His six-game point streak may have been snapped on Thursday night but young gun Aleksander Barkov still has seven points in his last seven games (1-6-7). Barkov still leads the Cats in points with 22 but Boyes is one point behind the 18-year old.

THE DEVIL BACKSTOP: The Devils have NHL great Martin Brodeur still playing but it will be Corey Schneider who the Cats will see Saturday night. The Devil's netminder is coming off a 1-0 shutout in which he made 26 saves for his sixth win of the season. The shutout helped drop his GAA to just above two goals a game (2.02) and bumped his save percentage up to .918 on the season. 

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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