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The Lowdown: Panthers vs Canucks

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

Sunday, 03.16.2014 / 12:00 PM ET / Preview
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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The Lowdown: Panthers vs Canucks
The Cats and Canucks 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.

It’s ‘Roberto Luongo Reunion Weekend’ here at BB&T Center as the Panthers, who took care of Corey Schneider and the New Jersey Devils 5-3 on Friday night, are gearing up to take on the Vancouver Canucks at 3 p.m. this afternoon. The battle against the Canucks comes just 12 days after the Panthers brought Lu back to South Florida in a trade with Vancouver.

Here is your weekend roundup:

Numbers on the Board

3: The number of wins this season for Roberto Luongo against former Vancouver battery mate Corey Schneider.

2: Goals for Quinton Howden in his first two games with the Panthers this season. The pair of goals are the first two of his young career.

1: Total career NHL goals for 20-year-old Vincent Trocheck. The Panthers’ center got his first career goal on Friday night scoring on an empty net to ice the game for the Cats.

Boyes Noise

Props to Scottie Upshall and Nick Bjugstad applying the pressure and forcing the turnover, and you know Brad Boyes ain’t gonna miss from there.

Soup du jour

Tweet of the game

Florida Panthers vs. Vancouver Canucks


Panthers Canucks
Record 25-35-7 30-29-10
Points 57 70
Place 7th in Atlantic 5th in Pacific

The Basics

L(u)ong Time No See

The Panthers and the Canucks only play twice this season so it worked out kind of perfectly that they would be coming to South Florida less than two weeks after completing the massive trade that sent Lu to the Cats.

The Luongo-Vancouver connection is one of many between these two teams:

G Roberto Luongo: Lu sandwiched in 8 seasons with the Canucks between his two stints with the Panthers. Vancouver Stats: 252 W, 137 L, 88 OTL

D Ed Jovanovski: The Panthers’ captain played with the Canucks from 1999-2006. Vancouver Stats: 434 GP, 57 G, 177 A, 234 Pts.

F David Booth: Played with the Cats from 2006-2011. Career Panthers’ stats: 309 GP, 87 G, 80 A, 167 Pts.

F Chris Higgins: Played in 48 games with Florida during the 2010-11 season. Cat Stats: 48 GP, 11 G, 12 A, 23 Pts.

F Shawn Matthias: Acquired by Vancouver in the Luongo trade. Cat Stats: 312 GP, 48 G, 49 A, 97 Pts.

F Mike Santorelli: Played in parts of three seasons with Florida. Cat Stats: 166 GP, 31 G, 24 A, 55 Pts.

D Jason Garrison: Was a big part of the Cats’ 2011-12 playoff run. Cat Stats: 190 GP, 23 G, 36 A, 59 Pts.

G Jacob Markstrom: Acquired by Vancouver in the Luongo trade. Cat Stats: 11 W, 25 L, 5 OTL

Spoiler Alert

The Canucks are currently five points out of the playoff picture and trailing the Dallas Stars for the last Western Conference wild card spot. Things have been a bit turbulent over in British Columbia with the shocking export of Luongo and the teams slide down the standings. I would say something about head coach John Tortorella but I am afraid Torts might come track me down at the stadium and try to beat me up or something…

Anyway the Panthers are in a perfect spot to play spoiler tonight against the Canucks. They already poked a hole in the Devils’ playoff balloon and tonight against Vancouver is another great opportunity to ruin some dreams.

Goalie Throwdown?

Sunday Bonus Video

On that note, enjoy the game tonight! Let’s go Panthers!

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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