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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!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
6 TOR 34 19 12 3 114 102 41
7 NYR 31 17 10 4 93 81 38
8 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
9 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
10 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 PHI 33 13 14 6 92 99 32
13 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29
16 CAR 33 9 20 4 68 92 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 31 12 7 0 19
A. Ekblad 31 5 14 4 19
J. Jokinen 30 3 13 -2 16
B. Boyes 30 5 9 0 14
J. Hayes 23 7 6 2 13
J. Huberdeau 28 3 10 0 13
V. Trocheck 20 3 9 2 12
S. Bergenheim 21 5 4 2 9
S. Upshall 20 4 5 1 9
T. Fleischmann 29 3 5 6 8
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 2 2 2 .915 2.27
R. Luongo 12 7 6 .926 2.28
 
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