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A Look Ahead Feb. 9 - 15

by Mike Lewis / Florida Panthers

This week Florida faces four Western Conference clubs. The Cats close out their three-game homestand on Tuesday before hitting the road for two games and returning home for a Sunday evening match-up.

STORYLINES TO WATCH

-Florida is one overtime win away from 100 overtime victories.

-F Aleksander Barkov is two goals away from passing his career-high in goals (8, 2013-14).

-F Nick Bjugstad returns to his hometown.

-D Willie Mitchell played for two of the clubs Florida will face this week.

TUESDAY'S TILT

Feb. 10 vs. Anaheim Ducks (34-13-7)

All-Time Record against Anaheim: 12-10-3-1

All-Time Home Record vs. Anaheim: 5-5-2-0

The Panthers host the Ducks for the final meeting this season between the two clubs. The Cats topped the Ducks 6-2 in Anaheim on Nov. 16. F Nick Bjugstad recorded a career-high four points (2-2—4) in that game. The Cats defeated the Ducks in their last meeting at BB&T Center on Nov. 12, 2013 (3-2 W).

KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION -- ANAHEIM

- F Ryan Kesler has recorded three points (2-1—3) in eight career games against FLA.

- F Ryan Getzlaf has recorded nine points (4-5—9) in eight career games against FLA.

- F Corey Perry has recorded 11 points (5-6—11) in nine career games against FLA.

- D Hampus Lindholm has recorded two points (2-0—2) in three career games against FLA.

- G Ilya Bryzgalov owns a 5-2-2 record with one shutout in nine career games against FLA.

- G Frederik Andersen owns a 0-2-0 record in two career games against FLA.

CATS VS. DUCKS

- F Nick Bjugstad has recorded four points (2-2—4) in three career games against ANA.

- F Brad Boyes has recorded 17 points (9-8—17) in 22 career games against ANA.

- F Jonathan Huberdeau has recorded three points (1-2—3) in two career games against ANA.

- F Scottie Upshall has recorded 15 points (5-10—15) in 22 career games against ANA.

- F Jussi Jokinen has recorded 16 points (4-12—16) in 28 career games against ANA.

- G Roberto Luongo owns an 8-11-2 record with two shutouts in 24 career games against ANA.

- G Al Montoya owns a 1-0-0 record in one career game against ANA.

DID YOU KNOW?

- Panthers F Shawn Thornton played one season (2006-07) for the Anaheim Ducks, winning his first Stanley Cup with the Ducks that season. Thornton recorded nine points (2-7-9) and 88 PIMs in 48 games.

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- Florida defeats Anaheim 6-2 on Nov. 16.

THURSDAY'S THROWDOWN

Feb. 12 at Minnesota Wild (25-20-6)

All-Time Record against Minnesota: 4-9-1-2

All-Time Road Record vs. Minnesota: 1-4-1-1

The Xcel Energy Center hasn't been kind to the Panthers for the last few years. The last time the Cats won in Minnesota was during the 2009-10 season, marking the only time the Panthers won a game against the Wild in Saint Paul. The Cats have lost their last two meetings against the Wild, most recently a 4-1 loss in South Florida on Nov. 24. The Panthers will look to reverse their fortunes in Minnesota on Thursday, as Nick Bjugstad returns to his hometown.

KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION -- MINNESOTA

- F Zach Parise has recorded 18 points (8-10—18) in 26 career games against FLA.

- F Jason Pominville has recorded 31 points (12-19 —31) in 32 career games against FLA.

- F Thomas Vanek has recorded 32 points (21-11—32) in 33 career games against FLA.

- F Jason Zucker has recorded two points (2-0—2) in two career games against FLA.

- D Ryan Suter has recorded eight points (1-7—8) in 12 career games against FLA.

- G Devan Dubnyk owns a 3-0-0 record in three career games against FLA.

- G Darcy Kuemper has yet to face FLA in his career.

CATS VS. WILD

- F Brad Boyes has recorded 14 points (5-9—14) in 22 career games against MIN.

- F Tomas Fleischmann has recorded eight points (2-6—8) in ten career games against MIN.

- F Jussi Jokinen has recorded 17 points (4-13—17) in 20 career games against MIN.

- F Brandon Pirri has recorded two points (0-2—2) in three career games against MIN.

- D Brian Campbell has recorded 14 points (1-13—14) in 22 career games against MIN.

- G Roberto Luongo owns a 17-15-5 record with five shutouts in 39 career games against MIN.

- G Al Montoya owns a 4-0-0 record in four career games against MIN.

DID YOU KNOW?

- Panthers F Nick Bjugstad grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bjugstad spent three seasons at the University of Minnesota playing in 109 games, recording 98 points (54-44—98)

- Panthers D Steven Kampfer played 13 games for Minnesota (2011-12), recording three points (2-1—3).

- Panthers D Willie Mitchell played 288 games for Minnesota (2000-06), recording 57 points (9-48—57) and briefly served as Minnesota's captain in December of 2005, during a monthly captaincy rotation for the Wild.

- Panthers Assistant Coach John Madden played 76 games for Minnesota (2010-11) , recording 25 points (12-13—25)

- Wild D Keith Ballard played 164 consecutive games (2008-10) for Florida, recording 64 points (14-50—64). Ballard did not miss a game while playing Florida.

- Wild F Ryan Carter played 19 games for Florida (2010-12), recording three points (2-1—3).

- Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher spent nine years in the front office for Florida (1993-2002). Fletcher served as Assistant General Manager for seven seasons and Interim General Manager for one.

FRIDAY'S FACEOFF

Feb. 13 at Dallas Stars (24-21-8)

All-Time Record against Dallas: 13-11-3-0

All-Time Road Record vs. Dallas: 7-4-2-0

The night after their match-up with Minnesota, Florida meets Dallas for the first time this season. Both teams are in the midst of the playoff race in their respective conferences. The Cats have a three-game winning streak against the Stars and have not lost a game in Dallas since the 2005-06 season, winning their last four match-ups at American Airlines Center.

KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION -- DALLAS

- F Jamie Benn has recorded five points (1-4—5) in five career games against FLA.

- F Erik Cole has recorded 41 points (20-21—41) in 53 career games against FLA.

- F Tyler Seguin has nine points (1-8—9) in 13 career games against FLA.

- F Jason Spezza has recorded 33 points (10-23—33) in 39 career games against FLA.

- G Kari Lehtonen owns a 13-8-4 record with three shutouts in 26 career games against FLA.

- G Anders Lindback owns a 5-1-0 record with one shutout in six career games against FLA.

CATS VS. STARS

- F Aleksander Barkov has recorded one point (1-0—1) in one career game against DAL.

- F Dave Bolland has recorded 13 points (3-10—13) in 18 career games against DAL.

- F Jonathan Huberdeau has recorded one point (0-1—1) in one career game against DAL.

- F Tomas Fleischmann has recorded five points (3-2—5) in four career games against DAL.

- F Brandon Pirri has recorded three points (1-2—3) in five career games against DAL.

- D Brian Campbell has recorded 12 points (2-10—12) in 19 career games against DAL.

- G Roberto Luongo owns a 14-7-3 record with two shutouts in 25 career games against DAL.

- G Al Montoya owns a 1-1-0 record in four career games against DAL.

DID YOU KNOW?

- Florida F Aleksander Barkov recorded his first NHL goal in his NHL debut against the Stars on Oct. 3, 2013 in Dallas.

- Florida F Jussi Jokinen was selected by Dallas in the sixth round (192nd overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft. Jokinen played 215 games for Dallas (2005-08), recording 131 points (45-86—131).

- Florida D Willie Mitchell played 16 games for Dallas (2005-06), recording two points (0-2—2).

SUNDAY'S SHOWDOWN

Feb. 15 vs. St. Louis Blues (34-15-4)

All-Time Record against St. Louis: 7-17-3-1

All-Time Home Record vs. St. Louis: 4-6-2-1

In the first contest between the two clubs this season, the Blues defeated the Panthers 4-2 on Dec. 8. Sunday's game will close out the season series. Florida has lost their last five games against St. Louis and haven't beaten the Blues at BB&T Center since the 2008-09 season.

KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION -- ST. LOUIS

- F David Backes has recorded eight points (5-3—8) in nine career games against FLA.

- F Jaden Schwartz has recorded three points (1-2—3) in three career games against FLA.

- F Paul Stastny has recorded 14 points (6-7—14) in ten career games against FLA.

- F Vladimir Tarasenko has recorded three points (1-2—3) in three career games against FLA.

- D Alex Pietrangelo has recorded three points (1-2—3) in six career games against FLA.

- G Jake Allen has yet to face FLA in his career.

- G Brian Elliott owns a 4-2-0 record with one shutout in six career games against FLA.

CATS VS. BLUES

- F Nick Bjugstad has recorded one point (1-0—1) in two career games against STL.

- F Tomas Kopecky has recorded 15 points (6-9−15) in 31 career games against STL.

- F Jussi Jokinen has recorded 13 points (3-10−13) in 17 career games against STL.

- D Brian Campbell has recorded 11 points (4-7−11) in 26 career games against STL.

- D Aaron Ekblad has recorded one point (1-0—1) in one career game against STL.

- G Roberto Luongo owns a 15-12-1 record with three shutouts in 29 career games against STL.

- G Al Montoya owns a 1-2-1 record in five career games against STL.

DID YOU KNOW?

- Florida F Brad Boyes played 327 games (2007-11) for St. Louis, recording 232 points (106-126--232).

- St. Louis D Jay Bouwmeester was selected by Florida in the first round (third overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft. Bouwmeester played 471 games (2002-09) recording 203 points (53-150--203).

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