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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 ET / 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. 

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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