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5 Things To Watch: Jan. 26 at Detroit

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 Red Wings.

Sunday, 01.26.2014 / 11:00 AM ET / News
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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5 Things To Watch: Jan. 26 at Detroit
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 Red Wings.

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 Detroit.



PANTHERS (20-24-7) at RED WINGS (23-18-10)
5:00 PM ET; TV: FOX Sports Network; RADIO: 560 AM
Last 10: Florida 5-4-1; Detroit 5-4-1

RED HOT ON THE ROAD: The Cats have been getting the job done away from the BB&T Center lately and picking up two points after two points in hostile environments. After back-to-back wins in Pittsburgh and Buffalo last week, the Panthers are looking for their second three-game road winning streak of the season (Dec. 15-19). Florida has played inspired hockey while on the road, earning big wins across North America including in Detroit, Montreal and Toronto since the middle of November. In fact, they're 9-5-2 since Nov. 16 in which they downed the Colorado Avalanche 4-1.

SERIES COLLECTORS: Victorious in two of the first three games of their season series against the now Atlantic Division rivals Red Wings, the Panthers will have two chances to take the season series beginning with Sunday's game in the Motor City. With just one win in the remaining two games (Feb. 6), it would give the Cats two huge season series victories against elite teams after winning the rubber match of their season series in Pittsburgh last Monday by a 5-1 final.

POINTING UP(SHALL): Forward Scottie Upshall gave the Panthers a chance in Friday night's game against Colorado scoring two third period goals as the Cats fell 3-2. His first gave him 100 career NHL goals while the second with less than two to play gave the Cats hope as he screened the goalie and deflected Tom Gilbert's point shot past Semyon Varlamov. The energetic winger has been all over the ice causing havoc for the opponents and the two goal game was his second of the season and sixth multi-point game of the season as he sits second on the team with 23 points.

WINGED WHEEL: As superstars Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk go, so do the Red Wings. The duo lead the Wings with 44 and 32 points and 16 and 15 goals respectively. The Panthers did a masterful job frustrating Pittsburgh's juggernaut offense including holding league leader and Canadian Captain Sidney Crosby to one shot in their game last week and they'll need the same effort in Sunday's game to keep the Wings at bay. It will require solid five-man efforts across the board including good back checking from the forwards and solid defense from Mike Weaver and the other blueliners. 

STEPPING UP: With rookie Aleksander Barkov missing the last game, center Scott Gomez stepped in to the Killer B line and kept that line buzzing as the trio of Gomez, Brad Boyes and Sean Bergenheim combined for 15 of the Panthers 36 shots against Colorado. Gomez was stellar in the face-off dot as well winning 77% of his draws (10-of-13). They'll need another great game from Gomez as he replaces the 18-year old Finnish phenom who leads the Panthers with 24 points.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 72 13 34 8 47
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 74 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 70 13 26 -3 39
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 74 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 65 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 64 14 17 -2 31
B. Campbell 75 3 21 2 24
B. Pirri 42 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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