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Cats and Coffee: Panthers Return Home; Holiday Drives

by Jameson Olive JamesonCoop / FloridaPanthers.com

Good morning and welcome to "Cats & Coffee," a weekly segment presented by Community Coffee in which we get you caffeinated with an exciting look at the week ahead for the Florida Panthers.

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Panthers Recall F Paul Thompson from Springfield AHL

by Florida Panthers @FlaPanthersPR / FloridaPanthers.com
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Senators shut out Panthers

Mike Condon makes 24 saves, Erik Karlsson scores game-winner for Ottawa

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Mike Condon made 24 saves for his second shutout of the season, and Erik Karlsson and Derick Brassard scored goals 19 seconds apart in the first period to give the Senators a 2-0 win against the Florida Panthers at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

Condon made his second straight start with No. 1 goaltender Craig Anderson on personal leave while his wife, Nicholle, undergoes cancer treatment. He is 3-1-1 since being acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 2. It was the third shutout of Condon's NHL career.

The Senators (15-8-2) won after back-to-back losses.

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Preview: Panthers at Senators

Nick Bjugstad moves to center for Florida; goalie Mike Condon to start for Ottawa

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

PANTHERS (12-10-2) at SENATORS (14-8-2)

7 p.m. ET; CITY, TVA Sports, FS-F , NHL.TV

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Aaron Ekblad putting Panthers on his shoulders

20-year-old Florida defenseman taking more responsibility as alternate captain

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

DETROIT -- We all should struggle like Aaron Ekblad. He has scored six goals, tied for fourth among NHL defensemen. He has taken 77 shots, second among NHL defensemen. And he's 20 years old.

Everything is relative, and Ekblad has set the highest of bars with the Florida Panthers. He was the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and the winner of the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year in 2014-15. After a strong second season, the Panthers signed him to an eight-year contract extension July 1 and named him an alternate captain entering this season.

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Rats Roundup - Overtime Wins, Mashed Potatoes

by Kyle Morrison / FloridaPanthers.com

Barkov's OT goal

FLA@DET: Barkov scores on a breakaway in OT

Aleksander Barkov skates in on the breakaway, then slips the puck past Petr Mrazek for the game-winning goal in overtime

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Aleksander Barkov has a ton of skill, folks.

His overtime breakaway goal last night was a thing of beauty, giving the Cats a win in what could be their last trip to Joe Louis Arena. Barkov now has two overtime game-winners this season, plus two more goals in shootouts.

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Panthers give Tom Rowe first win in overtime

Aleksander Barkov scores on breakaway against Red Wings

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- Aleksander Barkov scored with 2:56 left in overtime to give the Florida Panthers a 2-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday.

It is the first NHL win for coach Tom Rowe, who replaced Gerard Gallant on Monday.

"It was big to get him his first win," Florida captain Derek MacKenzie said. "Hopefully we'll get him many more."

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Preview: Panthers at Red Wings

Florida plays second game under coach Tom Rowe; Detroit aims to keep momentum going

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

PANTHERS (11-10-2) at RED WINGS (11-10-2)

7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, FS-D, NHL.TV

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Demers' Diary: Importance of Winning Streaks

The Panthers defenseman talks about hockey, failed mashed potatoes and more

by Jason Demers jasondemers5 / Florida Panthers Defenseman

A good winning streak is the difference between teams that make the playoffs and teams that fall short at the end. 

There's a fine line between winning and losing, though, so you always want to rebound quickly after a loss. I mean, look at the Washington Capitals last season. That team never lost more than two games in a row. Heck, I don't remember them even losing back-to-back games for almost three quarters of the year.

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IN THE PIPELINE: Borgstrom Named Rookie of the Week

by Mike Lewis / FloridaPanthers.com
Borgstrom Leads the Pioneers

A five-point weekend (2-3-5) for University of Denver freshman Henrik Borgstrom solidified him as the Bauer NCHC Rookie of the Week. On Nov. 25 at Air Force, the Florida Panthers 2016 first round pick recorded two assists, including the helper on Denver's overtime game-winner. The 19-year old followed the multi-point performance up the next night in Denver with a three-point game (2-1-3), scoring twice in the second period and earning an assist on the game-winning goal for the second straight game. 

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