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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 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 63 36 16 11 184 165 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 OTT 63 29 23 11 179 169 69
11 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
12 NJD 65 27 28 10 146 168 64
13 CBJ 64 27 33 4 166 203 58
14 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
15 CAR 63 24 32 7 145 170 55
16 BUF 65 19 41 5 125 218 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 65 22 17 -8 39
J. Huberdeau 62 10 28 2 38
J. Jokinen 64 6 29 0 35
A. Ekblad 65 11 23 7 34
B. Boyes 63 11 21 9 32
J. Jagr 60 12 19 -10 31
J. Hayes 56 17 12 -5 29
B. Campbell 65 3 20 1 23
A. Barkov 54 10 12 -7 22
D. Kulikov 56 3 15 -5 18
 
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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