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5 Things To Know: Panthers vs Penguins

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
FLORIDA PANTHERS (38-29-11 87pts.) vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (42-27-9 93pts.)

April 5, 2009
  BANKATLANTIC CENTER
5:00 P.M.

5 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TONIGHT'S GAME:

5. The Florida Panthers have posted an 22-13-6 mark since Jan. 1, earning points in 28 of their last 41 games. After 78 games, Florida (38-29-11) owns their best record since 1999-2000 campaign (41-26-6-5), the last time that the Panthers qualified for the post season. The Panthers complete a three game homestand with a contest tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

4. D Jay Bouwmeester ranks third in the NHL averaging 26:57 of ice time per game and ranks 26th among NHL league leaders with 39 points (15-24-39). He also holds the NHL’s active consecutive games played streak at 337 games played, dating back to the 2003-04 season. Bouwmeester tied his career high with his 15th goal of the season on Mar. 28 at Dallas, which also ties the franchise mark by goals scored by a defenseman in season. Additionally, 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. Seven of Florida’s top 11 leading point producers are 26 years-old or younger (Weiss-26 yrs old; Booth-24 yrs old; Horton-23 yrs old; Bouwmeester-25 yrs old; Frolik-20 yrs old; Campbell-25 yrs old, Ballard-26 yrs old).

2. C Michael Frolik ranks seventh among NHL rookie scoring leaders with 41 points (20-21-41). In addition, Frolik places seventh in rookie goal scoring (20) and fifth among rookie leaders in shots on goal (153). He recorded the 20th goals of his freshman season on Mar. 31 vs. Ottawa, becomimg just the third Panthers rookie to score at least 20 goals joining Mark Parrish (24) and Kristian Huselius (25).

1. The Florida Panthers currently sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with 87 points, two points behind the eighth place NY Rangers. With a win tonight the Panthers can move into a tie with New York for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

BROADCAST
LOCAL TV:
FS FLORIDA
4:30 p.m. Panthers Live
5 p.m. - Panthers vs. Penguins
Broadcasters: Steve Goldstein (PxP), Denis Potvin (Color), Craig Minervini (Host), Frank Forte (Sideline), Allison Williams (Sideline)

LOCAL RADIO:
790 The Ticket
4:30 p.m. - Panthers Preview
5 p.m. - Panthers vs. Penguins
Broadcasters: Randy Moller (PxP), Bill Lindsay (Color)
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