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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 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.


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!




1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
11 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47


J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

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