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The Lowdown: Panthers vs Canadiens

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

Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 11:45 AM ET / Preview
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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The Lowdown: Panthers vs Canadiens
The Cats and Canadiens 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.

Montreal Canadiens vs. Florida Panthers


Canadiens Panthers
Record 42-26-7 27-39-8
Points 91 62
Place 2nd in Atlantic 7th in Atlantic

With the Montreal Canadiens in town, the Florida Panthers will look to end their three-game home stand on a high note. The Cats have split the first two games they played at BB&T Center this week, defeating the Senators 3-2 in the shootout on Tuesday before falling 3-0 to the Hurricanes on Thursday. Tonight will be the fourth and final matchup between the Cats and the Habs the season. The Panthers have won two of the three previous meetings against their division rivals in the first season of the expanded Atlantic Division.

Here is tonight’s lowdown:

Not These Canadiens

These Canadiens

…Wait that’s not right…

These Canadiens

Canadiens Players to Watch

#76 P.K. Subban

Yes the 24-year-old defenseman leads his team in scoring with 52 points (10-42-52) but the divisive defender is really worth watching because you never know what you will get when Subban touches the ice. 2013’s Norris Trophy Winner, Subban is always dangerous on the power play (4-19-23 with the man advantage this season), but you had also better keep your head up when Subban is on defense as he is always looking for a chance to land a highlight reel bone jarring hit.

#11 Brendan Gallagher

At 5’9’’, Brendan Gallagher packs a lot of talent into a tiny (by NHL standards at least) frame. Like many undersized NHLers, Gallagher thrives on being a pest and ostensibly being everywhere on the ice at once. He has also been know to take on P.K. Subban in a home run derby from time to time:

Pick a Panther

(Selecting a Panthers’ player to score in tonight’s game)

Current streak: 0

A fun way to add some excitement to your Panthers’ viewing experience is by picking one of the Panthers’ goal scorers for every game. I will be picking players for the remainder of the season and if you want to play along, tweet your picks to @FlaPanthers, #PickaPanther. If you pick right, you might get a re-tweet (commitment is not really my thing)…

Pat’s Pick: Scottie Upshall

The Panthers scoring leader was knocking on the door on Tuesday only to have that door slammed in his face by Carolina netminder Anton Khudobin. I mean check out this robbery below:

Upshall is going to have a bone to pick with goaltenders everywhere and that Carey Price better watch his back tonight.

An Eye on the Tournament

The first round of the NCAA Men’s Hockey Championship got underway yesterday. Here is how some of Florida’s prospects fared:

F Connor Brickley and the University of Vermont fell 5-2 to Union College.

F Rocco Grimaldi scored a hat-trick in University of North Dakota’s 5-2 win over the University of Wisconsin and Panthers prospect D Ed Wittchow.

Today:

Boston College, led by Panthers defensemen Mike Matheson and Ian McCoshen, will take on the University of Denver and Panthers goaltenders Sam Brittain and Evan Cowley at 4:00 p.m.

Kyle Rau and the University of Minnesota will face Robert Morris at 5:30 p.m.

Check out our full coverage of the tournament here, and follow us @FlaPanthers for updates on your favorite collegiate Panthers.

Numbers on the Board

4: The Canadiens winning streak coming into tonight’s game in South Florida.

4: The number of goals the Cats put up on the Canadiens in their 4-1 win over the Habs in the last meeting between these two teams in South Florida.

6: The number of wins the Panthers have against Montreal over the past three seasons. Since 11-12, Florida is 6-3-1 against their northerly brethren.

Enjoy the game tonight! Let’s Go Panthers!

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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