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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

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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!

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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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