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The Lowdown: Panthers vs Sharks

The Cats and Sharks battle in San Jose at SAP Center.

Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 11:00 AM / Preview
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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The Lowdown: Panthers vs Sharks
The Cats and Sharks battle in San Jose at SAP 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. San Jose Sharks


Panthers Sharks
Record 25-35-8 45-17-7
Points 58 97
Place 7th in Atlantic 2nd in Pacific

After 3,000 miles by air, the Florida Panthers find themselves out west where they will be at the Shark Tank, taking on the San Jose Sharks tonight.

No not this Shark Tank:

This Shark Tank:

Tonight’s game at 10:30 p.m. kicks off a four-game west coast road trip that will continue Thursday in Phoenix before wrapping up with a weekend back-to-back in Los Angeles and Anaheim.

Just to be clear, the Cats will be taking on these Sharks:

Not these ones:

Captain Nemo

On top of San Jose’s considerable offensive bite, (Joe Pavelski (34-32-66), Joe Thornton (10-55-65) and Patrick Marleau (28-32-60)) the Panthers will have to deal with the recent infallibility of San Jose Sharks’ goaltender Antti Niemi. The man fondly referred to as Nemo by the Silicon Valley Computerati has been on a tear pitching two shutouts in his last four games including a 41-save blanking of the Rangers on Sunday; a performance that included this beauty against Mats Zuccarello:

Let’s Hope They Don’t Get Their Hands On Any Rats

Vinnie and the Mighty Quin

The newest batch of young Panthers to reach the NHL have been making waves in South Florida with their impressive production and work ethic. Quinton Howden, the 22-year-old speedster, has tallied a point in each of his three games since being called up last week (2-1-3). Meanwhile Vincent Trocheck executed a tasty wrap-around goal on Eddie Lack for his second goal in as many games. Who got the assist on Vinnie’s goal? None other than the Mighty Quin….take it away Bob!

Young Gun Lead Pipe Lock of the Night

(Where I pick a young Panther to have a strong game and give a totally foolproof reason to back up that pick.)

The Pick: Jimmy Hayes

The Reason: Hayes scored two goals in the Panthers Sunday afternoon game against the Vancouver Canucks. The multi-goal performance was impressive seeing as Hayes was really busy accepting awards this weekend:

Welcome Garrett Wilson!

Yesterday the Cats called up LW Garrett Wilson from the San Antonio Rampage. The 23-year-old has accumulated 24 points (12-12-24) in 60 games for San Antonio this season. Wilson has never played an NHL game so we could be witnessing a debut tonight in the Tank!

Enjoy the game!

Let’s Go Panthers!

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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