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A Look Ahead Dec. 22 - 28

by Mike Lewis / Florida Panthers

The Panthers kick off their four-game holiday homestand as they take on a familiar face and an Atlantic Division rival for the first time this season.

RECENT STORYLINES

- The Panthers and Penguins face off for the second time in three days.

- G Roberto Luongo is currently tied Mike Vernon (1982-2002) for 12th among all-time NHL goaltenders with 385 wins.

- G Roberto Luongo is four wins away from tying Dominik Hasek (1990-08) for 11th among all-time NHL goaltenders with 389 wins.

MONDAY’S MATCHUP

Dec. 22 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (22-6-4)

All-Time Record against Pittsburgh: 34-33-4-9

All-Time Home Record against Pittsburgh: 21-16-1-2

Florida and Pittsburgh lock up for the second time in three days with the Panthers looking for revenge after falling 3-1 to the Penguins on Saturday (Dec. 20). F Vincent Trocheck scored the lone goal for Florida in his hometown debut. Florida outshot Pittsburgh 46-34 in a game that had a combined 76 penalty minutes.

KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION – PITTSBURGH

- F Sidney Crosby has recorded 30 points (14-16−19) in 27 career games against FLA.

- F Evgeni Malkin has recorded 26 points (7-19−26) in 26 career games against FLA.

- F Chris Kunitz has recorded 14 points (5-9—14) in 23 career games against FLA.

- G Marc-Andre Fleury owns an 11-8-0 record with one shutout in 20 career games against FLA.

- G Thomas Greiss owns a 0-1-1 record in two career games against FLA.

CATS VS. PENS

- Panthers F Tomas Fleischmann has recorded 20 points (10-10−20) in 24 career games against PIT.

- Panthers F Jussi Jokinen has recorded 17 points (5-12−17) in 20 career games against PIT.

- Panthers F Jonathan Huberdeau has recorded five points (2-3−5) in seven career games against PIT.

- G Roberto Luongo owns a 13-9-3 record with four shutouts in 27 career games against PIT.

- G Al Montoya owns a 1-3-1 record in six career games against PIT.

DID YOU KNOW?

- Panthers F Vincent Trocheck is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The game against the Penguins will be his first NHL game in his hometown.

- Panthers F Jussi Jokinen played 91 games for Pittsburgh (2012-14), recording 68 points (28-40−68)

- Panthers GM Dale Tallon played the final two seasons of his career with Pittsburgh (1978-80), playing in 95 games recording 43 points (10-33—43).

- Penguins F Marcel Goc played 161 games for Florida (2011-14), recording 69 points (31-38-69). Goc scored the Panthers final goal of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoff run. Goc’s game-tying goal sent game seven of the quarterfinals against the New Jersey Devils into overtime.

SUNDAY’S SHOWDOWN

Dec. 28 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (19-12-3)

All-Time Record against Toronto: 27-28-7-5

All-Time Home Record against Toronto: 15-13-5-2

The Panthers and Maple Leafs meet for the first time this season on Sunday. Florida edged the Leafs in the 2013-14 season series (3-1-0) and look to continue their two-game winning streak in the Sunday contest. In the race for a wild card spot the Panthers look to leap back into contention with a win against their division foe.

KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION – TORONTO

- F Phil Kessel has recorded 20 points (12-8—20) in 30 career games against FLA.

- D Dion Phaneuf has recorded ten points (2-8—10) in 18 career games against FLA.

- F James Van Riemsdyk has recorded nine points (3-6—9) in 15 career games against FLA.

- G Jonathan Bernier owns a 1-1-0 record in three career games against FLA.

- G James Reimer owns a 1-3-0 record with one shutout in five career games against FLA.

CATS VS. LEAFS

- D Brian Campbell has recorded 28 points (5-23—28) in 47 career games against TOR.

- F Brad Boyes has recorded 25 points (8-17—25) in 32 career games against TOR.

- F Nick Bjugstad has recorded four points (3-1—4) in five career games against TOR.

- G Roberto Luongo owns a 15-7-0 record with two shutouts in 25 career games against TOR.

- G Al Montoya owns a 1-1-1 record in three career games against TOR.

DID YOU KNOW?

- Panthers F Dave Bolland played in 23 games with Toronto (2013-14), recording 12 points (8-4—12).

- Panthers F Brad Boyes was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round (24th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

- Panthers F Jimmy Hayes was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round (60th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

- Panthers F Brandon Pirri is a native of Toronto.

- Maple Leafs F David Booth was selected by Florida in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Booth played 309 games for Florida (2006-12) recording 167 points (87-80—167) including a career-high 31 goal season (2008-09).

- Maple Leafs F Mike Santorelli played 166 games for Florida (2009-13), recording 55 points (31-24—55).

- Maple Leafs assistant coach Peter Horachek served as interim head coach of Florida (2013-14).

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