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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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