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5 Things To Watch: Jan. 30 at Toronto

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 Maple Leafs.

Thursday, 01.30.2014 / 2:30 PM / News
By Justin Ullestad  - FloridaPanthers.com
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5 Things To Watch: Jan. 30 at Toronto
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 Maple Leafs.

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 Toronto.



PANTHERS (21-25-7) at MAPLE LEAFS (28-21-6)
7:00 PM ET; TV: FOX Sports Network; RADIO: 560 AM
Last 10: Florida 5-4-1; Toronto 7-2-1

NORTH OF THE BORDER: Playing north of the border sure hasn't had its effect on the Florida Panthers this season. The south Florida boys have posted a 4-3-1 record on the road against Canadian teams this season and are looking to sweep the season series in Toronto for the second time in three seasons and the third time in the last six. Since 2011, the Panthers have posted a 10-9-3 record against foes north of the border. The team will be looking to earn their fifth season victory on the road in Canada this season, the second most all-time for the Panthers franchise behind the squad's six road wins during the 2011-12 season.

FROM THE BLUELINE: When it comes to producing offense, Panthers defensemen Tom Gilbert and Dmitry Kulikov sure are providing it from the blue line. Gilbert has helped set up the goals as his 22 assists lead the team and the blueliner has 11 assists in the last 14 games, including three straight two assist games before Tuesday's game in Boston. Kulikov on the other hand has been finding the back of the net of late, scoring three of his five goals on the season in the last six games and adding a helper in that same span. 

AMERICAN SNIPER IN TORONTO: Phil Kessel is the offensive key to the success for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kessel, who will be representing Team USA at the Winter Olympics next month, leads the team in both goals (27) and assists (28) through 55 games this season. His 27 goals are tied for fifth among all NHL skaters. The Panthers shut down Kessel during the teams’ first meeting of the year on December 17, not allowing him to record a single point while holding him without a shot until the 5:15 mark of the third period. Another solid five-man effort will be needed across the board to earn a two game advantage in the season series against Kessel and the Atlantic Division foe Maple Leafs.

BOUNCING BACK: Despite Tuesday night’s loss in Boston, the Cats have been one of the best road teams in the NHL since early December, posting eight wins in their last 15 games away from home (8-6-1). The Cats have also been stellar as of late coming off a loss, earning a following game victory in four of their last five attempts. The “Comeback Cats” have responded well after a slow start to the season garnering the 7th best record in the Eastern Conference since December 5.

BOYES II MEN: When it comes to scoring goals, whether in-game or a shootout, Brad Boyes is the Panther’s man for the job. With Boyes’ slapshot goal from the circle during Tuesday’s game in Boston, he posted his team leading 14th goal of the season, and has recorded a goal in each of his last two games. Although Boyes is a perennial goal scorer, he is downright deadly in the shootout. Boyes leads all active skaters in career shooutout goals with 37. Through nine attempts this season, he has scored on six of them (.667), good for second most in the NHL.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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