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5 Things To Know: Panthers vs Rangers

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
FLORIDA PANTHERS (27-19-8 62pts.) vs. NEW YORK RANGERS (30-20-5 65pts.)

February 13, 2009
BankAtlantic Center
7:30 P.M.

5 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TONIGHT'S GAME:

5. The Florida Panthers have posted a 11-3-3 mark since Jan. 1, earning points in 14 of their last 17 games and currently sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 62 points. Six of the Panthers next nine games will be played against division leaders, with contests against Southeast Division leaders the Washington Capitals two times (Feb. 15 & Mar. 1), Northeast Division leaders the Boston Bruins twice (Feb. 21 & Feb. 24) and the Atlantic Division leaders the New Jersey Devils twice (Feb. 17 & Feb. 28).

4. D Jay Bouwmeester ranks first in the NHL averaging 27:18 of ice time per game and has recorded nine points (6-3-9) in his last 14 games played. 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 rank sixth in the NHL with 2.62 GAA and places third with a .921 save percentage. Additionally, the duo has combined for a 7-1-3 record when they face 40 or more shots.

2. The Panthers place second in the NHL with 12 different players (Booth, Weiss, Horton, Bouwmeester, Stillman, Frolik, Campbell, Dvorak, McCabe, Peltonen, Ballard, Zednik) on their roster who have recorded at least 20 or more points. Florida also places tied for second in the NHL with eight different players who have recorded at least 10 goals (Booth, Horton, Stillman, Bouwmeester, Campbell, Frolik, McCabe, Zednik).

1. RW Richard Zednik has recorded six points (4-2-6) with a +6 rating in his last four games played, netting the game-winning goal in the Panthers 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, Feb. 10. C Stephen Weiss has recorded 11 points (2-9-11) with a +4 rating in his last 14 games played and paces the team with 37 points (9-28-37). LW David Booth has recorded 21 points (8-13-21) in his last 22 games played and leads the Panthers with 20 goals.

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

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