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5 Things To Watch: Jan. 16 vs San Jose

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 Sharks.

Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 12:45 PM / News
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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5 Things To Watch: Jan. 16 vs San Jose
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 Sharks.

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 San Jose.

SHARKS (29-12-6) at PANTHERS (18-21-7)
7:30 PM ET; TV: FOX Sports Network; RADIO: 560 AM
Last 10: San Jose 6-4-0; Florida 4-4-2

ON A ROLL: Tuesday night it was stopping one team's streak while improving their own great play. With a 4-2 victory over the Islanders, Florida snapped New York's seven game road winning streak while picking up points in six of their last seven games, including the full two points in four of them (4-1-2). Florida has been hot since hitting the month of December, going 11-6-2 over the month and a half of play to pull within eight points of a playoff spot.

PUCK STOPS WITH TIMMY: He's won a Stanley Cup and is a two-time Vezina Trophy winner and when the Panthers signed him just before the season, they were looking for that high-level goaltender to help lead them on the ice. They've gotten just that as Timmy has allowed two goals or less in eight of his last nine games all while going 6-1-2 over that span and a fantastic .940 save percentage.

KILLER B ACTION: They were put together in late November and after a slow start to gel, the line combo of Finns Sean Bergenheim and Barkov along with Not A Finn Brad Boyes have been swarming the opposition and scoring pretty much nightly to help lead the charge. The trio has recorded 32 points (16-16-32) in the last 15 games.

QUICK START CATS: The Cats scored 32 seconds in and then jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period of play on Tuesday against the Islanders. For Florida it was the start they've been looking for as interim head coach Peter Horachek has stressed stronger play from the opening puck drop. Florida last had three goals in the third period of the season opener in Dallas. It was also the quickest goal to open a game, beating the 1:55 in the home opener against Pittsburgh.

SWARMING SHARKS: San Jose sits pretty in the Western Conference with 64 points, good enough for second in the Pacific and fourth overall. Their 64 points is fifth overall in the entire league. They're led in large part by their captain, Joe Thornton who loves to set up the scoring as his league high 45 helpers can attest to. 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 65 22 17 -8 39
J. Huberdeau 62 10 28 2 38
J. Jokinen 64 6 29 0 35
A. Ekblad 65 11 23 7 34
B. Boyes 63 11 21 9 32
J. Jagr 60 12 19 -10 31
J. Hayes 56 17 12 -5 29
B. Campbell 65 3 20 1 23
A. Barkov 54 10 12 -7 22
D. Kulikov 56 3 15 -5 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .921 2.37
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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