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Scouting Report: Florida Panthers

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The Florida Panthers have turned more than a few heads in the 2015-16 campaign.

The Panthers, who finished 10th in the Eastern Conference last year, lead the Atlantic Division with a 26-12-5 record and 57 points. Thanks to a 12-game winning streak that was just halted in Vancouver in a 3-2 overtime loss on Monday, they hold a six-point lead over the Detroit Red Wings in their division and are second to just the Washington Capitals in the conference.

Their last regulation loss? Dec. 12 in a 3-1 setback to the Boston Bruins.

"It's all about team," Panthers coach Gerard Gallant told the team's website. "Any team in the National Hockey League, they're going to defend their teammates and that's why we're winning some hockey games. We've got a good team. We've got a good group of guys."

The Panthers have received top notch goaltending from both starter Roberto Luongo and back-up Al Montoya. Luongo has gone 19-11-7 with a 2.08 GAA and a. 930 save percentage while Montoya holds a 7-1-1 record with a 1.62 GAA and a .940 save percentage.

"We’ve got two great goalies behind us," Jonathan Huberdeau told "Every game, Montoya is incredible, and Luongo, too. It gives us confidence up front. We know our goalies will be there and it’s huge for us."

Florida has also gotten consistent offensive production throughout their lineup, with seven players surpassing the 20-point mark. On the blueline, they've received big contributions from Aaron Ekblad and Brian Campbell while the likes of Dmitry Kulikov, Willie Mitchell, Alex Petrovic, and Erik Gudbranson have combined for 25 points this season.


Record: 26-12-5

2015-16 Record vs. the Flames: 1-0-0

2014-15 Record vs. the Flames: 1-1-0

Notable Injuries: Dave Bolland (lower body) and Aaron Ekblad (upper body) are considered day-to-day.

Who's HOT: Jaromir Jagr

Jagr Watch is on. The veteran forward, who has scored 737 goals and 1834 points in his lengthy career, is just four goals away from tying Brett Hull for third all-time in goals and is 16 points behind Gordie Howe for third all-time in points. He's also only three helpers away from becoming just the sixth player all-time to reach 1100 assists.

The 43-year-old leads the Panthers in scoring his year with 15 goals and 32 points through 40 games. He has registered points in his last five games, including a two-goal effort against Minnesota on Jan. 3.

Honourable Mention: Aleksander Barkov

The second overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft has 12 goals through 33 games this year and is third in team scoring with 28 points. Over a 13-game span, Barkov has three game-winning tallies, two game-winners in shootouts, and three multi-point games.

Barkov heads into tonight's game on a five-game point streak.

Who's NOT: Quinton Howden

The 23-year-old forward has just one assist in his last five games and his last goal dates back to Dec. 3 in a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators. Howden, who was the Panthers' first round pick (25th overall) in 2010, has seen his ice time go over 10:00 twice in his last eight skates.

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