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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.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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