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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 ET / Preview
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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The Lowdown: Panthers vs Sharks

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 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 51 17 21 14 38
J. Jokinen 54 11 27 12 38
J. Huberdeau 54 10 28 12 38
V. Trocheck 54 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 54 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 50 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 50 10 13 20 23
B. Campbell 54 5 17 20 22
N. Bjugstad 39 9 10 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .928 2.17
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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