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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 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 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 53 17 23 13 40
J. Huberdeau 56 11 29 10 40
J. Jokinen 56 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 56 17 18 2 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 56 18 16 11 34
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 52 11 13 17 24
B. Campbell 56 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 41 9 10 -5 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 14 5 .924 2.29
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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