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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 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 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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