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Weekend Roundup: Facing The Sabres & Bruins

The Cats and Bruins battle in Sunrise at BB&T Center after Florida shut out Buffalo on Friday.

Sunday, 03.9.2014 / 11:00 AM ET / Preview
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Weekend Roundup: Facing The Sabres & Bruins

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Weekend Roundup

On Friday night, Roberto Luongo made 25 saves en route to a 2-0 shutout victory over the Buffalo Sabres in his first game back with the Florida Panthers since being acquired from the Vancouver Canucks prior to Wednesday’s trade deadline.

Let’s just let that last sentence simmer for a bit…..

Okay moving forward. It is a busy weekend for the Panthers with the win over Buffalo on Friday and a 5 p.m. matinee against the Bruins tonight at BB&T Center. Let’s not waste any more time and get right into it….

LUUUUUUUUU!!!

On a side note, the Theme From Louie was played at BB&T Center following this save thus combining two of my favorite things and making me a very happy Panthers fan.

Shutout Stats:

66: Roberto Luongo’s shutout of the Sabres was his 66th of his NHL career and 27th with the Florida Panthers.

44: The number of saves Luongo made in his last shutout with the Panthers which came in a 5-0 win over the Washington Capitals on February 7, 2006.

112: The number of games since the last Panthers shutout which occurred on April 22, 2012 when Jose Theodore made 30 saves in a 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils during the 2012 NHL Playoffs.

Tweet of the Game

Power moves:

The Cats scored a pair on the power play last night including this blast from Dmitry Kulikov. Number 7 was all over the ice against Buffalo logging 23:32 of ice time while playing considerable minutes on both the power play and the penalty kill.

…On to Boston

The Basics


Panthers Bruins
Record 24-32-7 41-17-5
Points 55 87
Place 7th in Atlantic 1st in Atlantic

Tonight will be the last of five matchups between the Florida Panthers and the Boston Bruins. The last time these two teams played was Tuesday night in Boston, a game the Bruins won 4-1. But that was B.L. (Before Luongo) so I think we could see a much different result this afternoon.

RED Hot Cats to Watch

Roberto Luongo: Not much needs to be said here that already has not been said 1000 times before, but did I mention the Vancouver Canucks gave up six goals in their first game post-Luongo….just sayin…

Vincent Trocheck: I’m going to throw Vinnie T in here even though he just made his Panthers debut on Friday night. Trocheck centered a line with Scottie Upshall and Tomas Fleischmann while playing on both the power play and the penalty kill. On top of the strong debut, Trocheck also received some Twitter love:

Give it up for the Day Light’s Savings

Hopefully everyone set their clocks forward last night…while losing that hour of sleep sucks, there is nothing like that extra hour of daylight in the evenings, hopefully you put it to good use. Personally, the extra daylight means I can squeeze a surf session in after work…and sorry to anyone from Boston who may be reading this while shivering through the sub-freezing weather, but down here in South Florida we can hit the beach in the winter…

While we are on the subject of time, how about a hand for the 5 p.m. matinee’s? Today is going to be a great day. Watch a Panthers’ win and get home just in time for the season finale of True Detective. Sounds like a perfect evening.

Pre-game playlist

While this is only the first season as Atlantic Division rivals for the Panthers and the Bruins, I am finding it pretty easy to dislike the Bruins, and nothing would make me happier than the Cats walking away with a win in the teams’ final meeting of the year. Get those ‘Luuu’ chants ready, it should be a good one.

SCHEDULE

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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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