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5 Things To Know: Panthers vs Lightning

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
FLORIDA PANTHERS (20-16-7 47pts.) vs. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (14-20-10 38pts.)

January 17, 2009
St. Pete Times Forum
7:30 P.M.

5 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TONIGHT'S GAME:

5. The Florida Panthers visit the Tampa Bay Lightning this evening after dropping a 3-2 shootout loss to Philadelphia last night. This marks the Cats final trip to Tampa Bay during the regular season, while the Bolts will visit South Florida once more on March 14. The Panthers are 4-0-2 in their last six games earning ten out of a possible 12 points, while scoring 29 goals over that span.

4. D Jay Bouwmeester, who was named to the 2009 Eastern Conference All-Star team on Thursday, Jan. 8, ranks 2nd in the NHL averaging 27:31 of ice time per game and has 16 points (9-7-16) with a +10 rating in his last 23 games played.

3. C Michael Frolik, who was named to the 2009 Eastern Conference YoungStars on Friday, Jan. 9, ranks 8th among NHL rookie scoring leaders with 20 points (9-11-20). In addition, Frolik places third among rookie leaders in shots on goal (75), 10th in rookie goal scoring (9) and 10th in power play points (6).

2. C Stephen Weiss has recorded 19 points (5-14-19) with a +11 rating in his last 23 games played and places tied for first on the club with 28 points (7-21-28).

1. LW David Booth has recorded 14 points (6-8-14) in his last 12 games played and paces the Panthers with 18 goals. He had a career high eight-game point scoring streak (6-7-13) snapped last night against Philadelphia.

BROADCAST

LOCAL TV:
FS FLORIDA
7 p.m. Panthers Tonight
7:30 p.m. - Panthers at Lightning
Broadcasters: Steve Goldstein (PxP), Denis Potvin (Color)

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