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5 Things To Watch: Jan. 21 at Buffalo

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 Sabres.

Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 11:30 AM / News
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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5 Things To Watch: Jan. 21 at Buffalo
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 Sabres.

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.

PANTHERS (19-23-7) at SABRES (13-27-7)
7:00 PM ET; TV: FOX Sports Network; RADIO: 560 AM
Last 10: Florida 5-3-2; Buffalo 3-3-4

CAREER NIGHTS: Monday night was a great night for the Panthers as a team and individually. As a team, they beat the cream of the crop in the East in convincing fashion, downing the top team in the East, the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1. That victory was propelled by a couple of career nights as Drew Shore netted his first two-goal game of his career and blueliners Mike Weaver (assist, plus-5) and Dmitry Kulikov (goal, plus-4) set career highs in the plus-minus category. The offense was also propelled by the return of a forward from injury.

WELCOME BACK JESSE: Missing the last 14 games of the season due to an upper body injury, forward Jesse Winchester didn’t look any worse for the wear in the time he missed as he set up three of the Panthers goals Monday night. The three assists were both career highs in assists and points while his plus-3 on the night tied a career high. Last playing over a month ago (Dec. 15), Winchester had a goal before going down with the injury in Montreal.



THREE SPOT: Florida had posted three goals in a period just once in their first 45 games, ironically in period three of their season opener in Dallas. The offense has struck quickly tripling that number thanks to two three-goal period outbursts in their last four games. After posting three goals in the opening period against the Islanders last Tuesday, Florida struck for three in the third period against Pittsburgh as Kulikov, Jonathan Huberdeau and Shawn Matthias (latter two came 12 seconds apart) all scored in the Panthers win going away.



KILLIN IT: The Panthers penalty kill unit has continued their remarkable play of late. After killing off all three Penguins power play chances Monday night, the Panthers have not allowed a power play goal in their last 10 straight games, dating back to Dec. 29. Killing off 29 straight penalties overall, the 10 straight games in the most in franchise history, two more than the previous high.

GOALIE BATTLE?: When it comes to the Panthers and Sabres, expect a goaltending battle. The teams have combined for six regulation goals between them in two games this season. Buffalo earned a 3-1 victory in Sunrise earlier this year while Florida took a come-from-behind 2-1 shootout victory less than two weeks ago in Buffalo. Tim Thomas and Jhonas Enroth were the goalies of choice in the first two games and Thomas has been stellar for the Panthers of late, posting a 6-3-2 with .928 save percentage in his last 11 games. Cats netminder Scott Clemmensen has been no slouch either. After stopping 35 of 36 shots against the Penguins, Clemmensen is 6-2-0 with a .922 save percentage over his last eight games.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
2 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 46 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 46 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 43 9 17 1 26
J. Jokinen 45 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 44 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 35 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 35 5 10 -5 15
B. Campbell 46 3 11 -1 14
D. Kulikov 41 1 13 -3 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 11 8 .920 2.42
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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