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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!

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 47 16 13 -2 29
A. Ekblad 47 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 44 9 17 0 26
J. Jokinen 46 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 45 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 36 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 36 5 10 -6 15
B. Campbell 47 3 12 0 15
D. Kulikov 42 1 13 -4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 12 8 .920 2.41
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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