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The Lowdown: Panthers vs Coyotes

The Cats and Coyotes battle in Sunrise at BB&T Center.

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 1:00 PM ET / Preview
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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The Lowdown: Panthers vs Coyotes
The Cats and Coyotes battle in Sunrise at BB&T Center.

THE LOWDOWN is a gameday preview produced by “Hockey Pat” McGrath, a lifelong Cats fan who previously wrote for the Florida Panthers themed blog “TheRatTrick”. The contents of THE LOWDOWN and all opinions expressed therein are solely those of Hockey Pat and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Florida Panthers or Sunrise Sports & Entertainment LLC. Having said that, if you find yourself laughing or smiling as you read the LOWDOWN, feel free to thank us. We accept thank you notes, tweets and ticket purchases.

Florida Panthers vs. Phoenix Coyotes


Panthers Coyotes
Record 24-33-7 30-24-11
Points 55 71
Place 7th in Atlantic 4th in Pacific

The Florida Panthers will be hosting a not-so-familiar opponent tonight when the Phoenix Coyotes come to BB&T Center for the first time since December, 2011. The Coyotes are locked in the middle of a tight Western Conference playoff battle and they currently sit just one point out of the final wild card spot, after a 4-3 shootout win last night in Tampa Bay.

Here is all you need to know about tonight’s game:

RED Hot Cats To Watch
Jimmy Hayes: With his two goal performance against the Bruins on Sunday, Jimmy Hayes brought his point total to four points in the last four games. With three goals during that span the 24-year-old winger appears to have found his scoring touch. The two goals on Sunday gave the Boston native seven goals on the season, topping his previous single season career high of five.

Roberto Luongo: Lu has been impressive in his first two games as the Panthers backstop since coming over in the trade deadline deal last week. He made 25 saves in Florida’s 2-0 shutout of Buffalo and followed up that performance by making 37 saves against the Bruins on Sunday.

Florida Back-to-Backs
A nice little benefit to the Panthers schedule the rest of the way is the number of home games they have against teams that are coming off a game in Tampa Bay the night before. Including Phoenix (who dropped Tampa 4-3 in the shootout last night) the Panthers’ remaining schedule features five teams playing the second half of their ‘Florida back-to-back trip’. Ottawa, Calgary, Dallas and Columbus are the other four teams who will play the Panthers one night after a game in Tampa.

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Coyotes to Watch

#3 Keith Yandle: The Coyotes’ offensive minded defenseman has been living up to his production potential this season as his 43 points (7-37-44) rank 5th among NHL defensemen.

#23 Oliver Ekman-Larsson: Ekman-Larsson completes the pair of talented offensive defenders boasted by the Coyotes. At just 22-years-old the 6’2” Swede is on pace to become one of the top defenders in the game. Some might even argue that he is already there.

Vintage NHL


Let’s just take a moment to be thankful that the Coyotes moved on from these….although I do appreciate the cactus-mountain moonlight scene on the alternate jersey.

Enjoy the game tonight; it should be a good one.

Go Panthers!

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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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