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5 Things To Know: Panthers vs Senators

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
FLORIDA PANTHERS (37-28-11 85pts.) vs. OTTAWA SENATORS (33-32-10 76pts.)

March 31, 2009
7:30 P.M.


5. The Florida Panthers have posted an 21-12-6 mark since Jan. 1, earning points in 27 of their last 39 games. After 76 games, Florida (37-28-11) owns their best record since 1999-2000 campaign (40-26-5-5), the last time that the Panthers qualified for the post season. The Panthers are currently riding a two-game winning streak (3/26 @ PHI 4-2 W, 3/28 @ DAL 6-3 W) and open a three-game homestand tonight against the Ottawa Senators.

4. D Jay Bouwmeester ranks third in the NHL averaging 26:58 of ice time per game and ranks 24th among NHL league leaders with 39 points (15-24-39). He also holds the NHL’s active consecutive games played streak at 335 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).

Seven of Florida’s top 11 leading point producers are 26 years-old or younger (Weiss-25 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 38 points (19-19-38). In addition, Frolik places fifth in rookie goal scoring (19) and fifth among rookie leaders in shots on goal (146). With his next goal Frolik will become just the third rookie in Panthers franchise history to score 20 goals in his freshman season joining Mark Parrish (24) and Kristian Huselius (25).

1. G Craig Anderson has posted a 2-0 mark in his last two starts with a .935 save percentage and 2.50 GAA. Additionally, he owns a 6-0-2 mark this year when he makes 40 or more saves and a 9-0-3 career record with the Panthers when makes 40 or more stops. Over his five year NHL career, he owns a 10-1-4 mark when he recorded 40 or more saves.

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

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