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5 Things To Watch: Jan. 14 vs NY Islanders

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 the NY Islanders.

Tuesday, 01.14.2014 / 12:50 PM ET / News
By Nathalie Sczublewski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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5 Things To Watch: Jan. 14 vs NY Islanders
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 the NY Islanders.

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.


ISLANDERS (18-22-7) at PANTHERS (17-21-7)
7:00 PM ET; TV: FOX Sports Network; RADIO: 560 AM
Last 10: New York 8-2-0; Florida 4-4-2

BARK-ING AT THE VOTERS: Young Gun Aleksander Barkov, who leads the Panthers with 22 points, is currently tied for eighth place for the most points (7-15-22) scored by a rookie in the league. With the Flyning Finn still running hot, he is in the running for the Calder Trophy as the league’s best rookie. Barkov looks to join last year’s Calder Trophy winner, Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau to become the first teammates on a team to net back-to-back Calder winners. It would be the first time since in 1967 and 1968 for the Boston Bruins when Bobby Orr and Derek Sanderson picked up the award.

BOYES IN THE GOOD: Forward Brad Boyes has provided the offense over the last month, having a five-point game streak (3-4-7) from Dec. 29 to Jan. 9 while pushing his team-leading goal total to 12. Boyes helped the Cats skate off with two full points during Thursday’s game against Buffalo netting his sixth shootout goal of the season (tied for second). Boyes only trails line mate Barkov in the points race, posting 21 points (12-9-21) on the season.

LONG ISLAND SOUND: New York comes in to tonight’s game white hot, having won their last four straight games overall and seven straight games while on the road following their 4-2 victory over Dallas. This is the second time in franchise history for the Islanders they’ve hit that many games on the winning side while away from Nassau Coliseum.

SOUP HOT ON ICE: Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell continues to see the ice time pile up as he sits in second place in the entire league with a grand total of 1,256:23 and 27:55 per game. That total only trails Minnesota’s Ryan Suter (29:38). In the last five games alone, Campbell has seen the bench for less than half the game, skating anywhere from 30:06 to 32:45. Campbell recently played in his 800th NHL career game against Buffalo last Thursday.

JOHNNY ON THE SPOT: Center John Tavares leads both on and off the ice for the Islanders. The team’s captain leads the Islanders with 56 points (21-35-56) and has especially been instrumental over their four-game winning streak as he posted 10 points (4-6-10), helping him take home the NHL’s First Star of the Week honors.  

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 74 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 76 8 33 -4 41
B. Boyes 74 13 23 10 36
A. Ekblad 76 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 67 18 14 -6 32
A. Barkov 66 14 17 -3 31
B. Campbell 77 3 23 2 26
B. Pirri 44 21 2 6 23
D. Bolland 48 5 16 1 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 18 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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