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5 Things To Know: Panthers vs Bruins

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
FLORIDA PANTHERS (29-21-8 66pts.) vs. BOSTON BRUINS (40-10-8 88pts.)

February 21, 2009
BankAtlantic Center
7:00 P.M.

5 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TONIGHT'S GAME:

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The Florida Panther have posted a 13-5-3 mark since Jan. 1, earning points in 16 of their last 21 games and currently sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 66 points. Only three clubs (New Jersey, Detroit and Washington) boast a better record since Jan. 1. The Panthers play their final game of a five-game homestand tonight against the Boston Bruins. After this evening's contest the Panthers begin a five-game road trip with a game in Boston on Tuesday, Feb. 24, before playing the NY Rangers (Feb. 26), New Jersey Devils (Feb. 28), Washington Capitals (Mar. 1) and the Atlanta Thrahsers (Mar. 3).

4. D Jay Bouwmeester ranks first in the NHL averaging 27:11 of ice time per game and ranks 22nd among NHL league leaders with 30 points (12-18-30). With his 50th goal of his NHL career on Thursday, Feb. 5, Bouwmeester became just the second Panthers defenseman to record 50 tallies while playing for the Cats, joining Robert Svehla (61).

3. The Panthers goaltending tandem of Tomas Vokoun and Craig Anderson ranks sixth in the NHL with 2.59 GAA and places second in the NHL with a .923 save percentage. Vokoun has started the last eight games for the Panthers posting a 5-3 mark with two shutouts. Additionally, the duo of Vokoun and Anderson has combined for a 7-2-2 record when they face 40 or more shots.

2. The Panthers place tied for first in the NHL with nine different players who have recorded at least 10 goals (Booth, Horton, Stillman, Bouwmeester, Campbell, Frolik, McCabe, Zednik, Weiss) and place tied for first in the NHL with 12 different players who have recorded at least 20 points (Booth, Weiss, Horton, Bouwmeester, Stillman, Frolik, Campbell, Dvorak, McCabe, Peltonen, Ballard, Zednik).

1. RW Richard Zednik has recorded seven points (4-3-7) with a +7 rating in his last eight games played, netting the shootout game-deciding goal on Friday, Feb. 13 in Florida's 2-1 win over the NY Rangers, as well as the game-winning goal in the Panthers 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Toronto on Tuesday, Feb. 10. C Stephen Weiss has recorded 15 points (3-12-15) with a +5 rating in his last 18 games played and paces the team with 41 points (10-31-41). LW David Booth has recorded 23 points (8-15-23) in his last 26 games played and leads the Panthers with 20 goals.

BROADCAST
LOCAL TV:
FS FLORIDA
6:30 p.m. Panthers Live
7 p.m. - Panthers vs. Bruins
Broadcasters: Steve Goldstein (PxP), Denis Potvin (Color), Craig Minervini (Host), Frank Forte (Sideline), Allison Williams (Sideline)

LOCAL RADIO:
790 The Ticket
6:30 p.m. - Panthers Preview
7 p.m. - Panthers vs. Bruins
Broadcasters: Randy Moller (PxP), Bill Lindsay (Color)
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