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5 Things To Watch: Feb. 1 at Columbus

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 Blue Jackets.

Saturday, 02.01.2014 / 1:45 PM / News
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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5 Things To Watch: Feb. 1 at Columbus
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 Blue Jackets.

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 Columbus.

PANTHERS (21-26-7) at BLUE JACKETS (27-23-4)
7:00 PM ET; TV: FOX Sports Network; RADIO: 560 AM
Last 10: Florida 4-5-1; Columbus 7-3-0

ON A HIGH NOTE: The Cats look to bookend their four-game road trip with a second big W when they take on the surging Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. Florida kicked off their road trip with a come-from-behind shootout victory in Detroit before falling in Boston and Toronto. The Cats have been solid on the road as of late and are 10-7-2 in their last 19 away from the BB&T Center. 

GONE STREAKING: A trio of Panthers have provided the offense over the last couple games as forwards Sean Bergenheim and Brad Boyes together with defenseman Dmitry Kulikov sit on point streaks. Bergenheim's five-game point streak (3-2-5) is tied for a career high while Boyes and Kulikov each have two goals and an assist in their last three.

FLYING FINN SIGHTING?: Rookie center Aleksander Barkov practiced with the team for the first time on Friday since suffering a lower body injury on Jan. 21 in Buffalo. He was back with his line mates at the morning skate on Saturday at Nationwide Arena, centering Bergenheim and Boyes. Despite missing the last four games, Barkov sits just one point off the team lead in points with 24.

NETMINDER BATTLE: Saturday night is shaping up to be a showdown between Florida's Tim Thomas and Blue Jacket Sergei Bobrovsky, who will represent Russia between the pipes in Sochi. Thomas is 8-5-2 with a .919 save percentage in his last 15 games while Bobrovsky, the reigning Vezina trophy winner, is 10-2 in his last 12 starts.

SUCH A BJUGTY: Rookie Panthers center Nick Bjugstad has been a force on both sides of the ice recently, scoring pretty goals, laying big hits and helping out in the defensive zone. To top it off, the Meteor from Minnesota scored the shootout winner in Detroit with a wicked move. The 6'6 Bjugstad has seven points, including four goals, in his last 10 games.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 45 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 45 6 21 5 27
J. Huberdeau 42 8 17 1 25
J. Jokinen 44 4 21 -2 25
B. Boyes 43 10 11 2 21
J. Hayes 37 13 7 -1 20
S. Bergenheim 34 7 9 1 16
A. Barkov 34 5 9 -5 14
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 11 8 .920 2.43
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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