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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.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 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 64 22 16 -9 38
J. Huberdeau 61 9 28 3 37
A. Ekblad 64 11 23 7 34
J. Jokinen 63 6 28 -1 34
B. Boyes 62 11 21 8 32
J. Jagr 60 12 19 -10 31
J. Hayes 55 17 12 -4 29
B. Campbell 64 3 20 2 23
A. Barkov 53 10 12 -5 22
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
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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