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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, 02.1.2014 / 1:45 PM ET / 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 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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