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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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 47 16 13 -2 29
A. Ekblad 47 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 44 9 17 0 26
J. Jokinen 46 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 45 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 36 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 36 5 10 -6 15
B. Campbell 47 3 12 0 15
D. Kulikov 42 1 13 -4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 12 8 .920 2.41
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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