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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 / 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 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 62 22 15 -8 37
J. Jokinen 61 6 28 -1 34
J. Huberdeau 59 9 24 2 33
A. Ekblad 62 9 23 8 32
B. Boyes 60 10 21 8 31
J. Jagr 58 11 18 -11 29
J. Hayes 53 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 62 3 19 3 22
A. Barkov 51 9 12 -6 21
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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