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The Lowdown: Panthers vs Bruins

The Cats and Bruins battle in Boston at TD Garden.

Tuesday, 03.4.2014 / 11:30 AM ET / Preview
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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The Lowdown: Panthers vs Bruins

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Florida Panthers vs. Boston Bruins

The Basics


Panthers Bruins
Record 23-31-7 38-17-5
Points 53 81
Place 7th in Atlantic 1st in Atlantic
Snowfall This Winter 0" A lot

The Florida Panthers wrap up a three-game road trip tonight when they take on the Boston Bruins at TD Garden at 7:00 p.m. ET. This will be the fourth of five matchups between the two Atlantic Division rivals, with the final game coming this Sunday in South Florida. The B’s are a tough out, especially at home where they have a record of 23-7-2 but records do not mean anything once the puck drops and anyway, I’m feeling pretty good about this one, so…

Here’s the lowdown:

RED Hot Cats to Watch

Shawn Matthias: Matthias got another hot start to the month of March as he put up five points in the Panthers two weekend games. Matthias tallied a goal and an assist on Saturday and topped that performance off with two goals and a helper on Sunday.

Scottie Upshall: Upshall put in a three-point performance of his own on Sunday netting a goal and two assists. The three points gave Upshall 30 points (11-19-30), and a two-point cushion over Brad Boyes for the team’s scoring lead.

Bruins to Watch

#11 Gregory Campbell: The former Panther has gained a reputation in Boston as a legendary grinder. He can also score a goal or two in a pinch as evidenced by his pair of goals in Boston’s 6-3 win against the Rangers on Sunday. With an assist Saturday against Washington, the Bruins’ fourth line center has a nice little point streak going for himself.

# 27 Dougie Hamilton: Acquired with one of the first round draft picks the Bruins received in the Phil Kessel trade, the 20-year-old Dougie Hamilton has developed into a steady defenseman for the Boston Bruins. Hamilton averages right around 20 minutes per game for the B’s and he is on a two-game scoring streak during which he has amassed four points (1-3-4). On a side note he is also gifted with some of the better flow the NHL has to offer.

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Mandatory pre-game watch:

Return of Tim Thomas…again

Tonight will be the third appearance at TD Garden for the Florida Panthers. Former Bruin Tim Thomas who was out with an injury during the first Boston game, is expected to make his second start in Boston against his former team since moving on to the Panthers.

One would think that the luster of the “Thomas’ return” storyline would fade over time but as a former Boston resident, I can assure you that the fade will not be happening anytime this season. I was in attendance when the Scott Clemmensen-led Panthers took on the Bruins in Boston back in November and the Tim Thomas tribute from the fans was still extremely moving despite the fact that Thomas was in the press box and not in the crease.

It does not take long in Boston before you realize the importance of Thomas to a lot of Bruins fans. For a city like Boston that really adopts its stars into the family, the return of Tim Thomas will be a big story for the foreseeable future.

Gearing Up For the Long Haul

With their back-to-back games over the weekend, the Panthers kicked off their month of March that see them play 17 games in 31 days including a four-game mid-month west coast road swing. With such a tight schedule there will be little time for the players to rest, kind of like that time in college when you had to go out five nights in a row. There may have been a lot to do in a short amount of time but somehow someway you managed to get up every morning and do what you needed to do to get through the day.

Fun Fact!

The Bruins were founded by grocery store tycoon Charles Adams in 1924. The Bruins’ brown and yellow colors come from Adams’ grocery store chain, First National Stores, which also had the brown and yellow color scheme.

That’s all for today, enjoy the game everybody…

Let’s go Cats!

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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