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A Look Ahead Jan. 5 - Jan. 11

by Mike Lewis / Florida Panthers

After going 1-1-0 in the first two games of their six-game, 14-day road trip, the Cats head out to Western Canada for the remainder of the trip.

STORYLINES TO WATCH

- G Roberto Luongo is two wins shy of tying G Dominik Hasek for 11th all-time in career goaltending wins (389).

- Luongo returns to Vancouver for the first time since being traded to Florida on Mar. 4, 2014.

- F Nick Bjugstad is one goal away from tying his career-high for goals in a season (16).

THURSDAY'S THROWDOWN

Jan. 8 at Vancouver Canucks (22-12-3)

All-Time Record against Vancouver: 7-9-6-3

All-Time Road Record against Vancouver: 2-5-5-1

Thursday is not only a big game because it's Florida's first of their Western Canadian stretch, but because it marks Roberto Luongo's first game back in Vancouver since being traded to Florida last March. A fan favorite during his time in Vancouver, the 35-year old netminder has had this game marked on his calendar for some time.The two teams split the season series in 2013-14 with two shootouts in two games.

KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION -- VANCOUVER

- F Henrik Sedin has recorded 13 points (2-11−13) in 13 career games against FLA.

- F Radim Vrbata has recorded ten points (6-4−10) in 18 career games against FLA.

- F Daniel Sedin has recorded seven points (3-4−7) in 12 career games against FLA.

- G Ryan Miller owns a 14-10-2 record with two shutouts in 26 career games against FLA.

- G Eddie Lack owns a 1-0-0 record in one career game against FLA.

CATS VS. CANUCKS

- F Brad Boyes has recorded 20 points (9-11−20) in 22 career games against VAN.

- F Jussi Jokinen has recorded ten points (2-8−10) in 15 career games against VAN.

- F Jimmy Hayes has recorded two goals (2-0−2) in two career games against VAN.

- G Roberto Luongo owns a 0-1-1 record in three career games against VAN.

- G Al Montoya has not played a game against Vancouver in his career.

DID YOU KNOW?

- Florida G Roberto Luongo played 448 games for Vancouver (2006-14) owning a 252-137-50 record and recorded 38 shutouts. Luongo led the Canucks to a 2011 Western Conference Championship and won the William M. Jennings Trophy for his play in the 2010-11 season

- Florida D Willie Mitchell played 264 games for Vancouver (2006-10), recording 50 points (10-40−50) and a plus-49 rating. Mitchell is a native of Port McNeill, British Columbia.

- Florida D Shane O'Brien played 141 games for Vancouver (2008-10), recording 18 points (2-16−18) and 275 PIMS.

- Vancouver F Shawn Matthias played 312 games for Florida (2007-14), recording 97 points (48-49−97).

- Vancouver G Ryan Miller and Florida G Roberto Luongo faced off in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Luongo (Canada) and Miller (USA) were both the starting goalies in the Gold Medal game, which Luongo and Team Canada were able to win in overtime.

FRIDAY'S FACEOFF

Jan. 9 at Calgary Flames (21-16-3)

All-Time Record against Calgary: 9-10-3-4

All-Time Road Record against Calgary: 5-4-1-2

Florida has dropped their last three games against Calgary, including a recent 6-4 loss in South Florida on Nov. 8. The Panthers and Flames both possess young cores with savvy veteran players around them, while each team is embroiled in the playoff race in their respective conferences.

KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION -- CALGARY

- F Juri Hudler has posted six points (2-4−6) in eight career games against FLA.

- D Mark Giordano has five points (3-2−5) in six career games against FLA.

- F Johnny Gaudreau posted three points (1-2−3) in his career debut against FLA (Nov. 8).

- G Jonas Hiller owns a 5-0-0 record with two shutouts in five career games against FLA.

- G Karri Ramo owns a 2-1-0 record in four career games against FLA.

CATS VS. FLAMES

- F Brad Boyes has recorded 18 points (7-11−18) in 21 career games against CGY.

- F Jimmy Hayes has three points (2-1−3) in four career games against CGY.

- D Aaron Ekblad recorded two assists (0-2−2) in his career debut against CGY (Dec. 8). The two-point night marked his first career multi-point game.

- F Scottie Upshall has recorded seven points (4-3−7) in 11 career games against CGY. Upshall notched a three point night (2-1−3) against the Flames on Nov. 8.

- G Roberto Luongo owns a 25-13-3 record with one shutout in 42 career games against CGY.

- G Al Montoya owns an 0-1-1 record in two career games against CGY.

DID YOU KNOW?

- Panthers D Dylan Olsen's hometown is Calgary, Alberta.

- Panthers D Shane O'Brien played 45 games for Calgary (2013-14), recording three assists.

- Flames D Dennis Wideman played one season for Florida (2010-11) posting 33 points (9-24-33) in 61 games played. Florida traded Wideman to the Washington Capitals (Feb. 28, 2011), in exchange for a package that included a 2011 third round pick, which Florida used to select Jonathan Racine (87th overall).

SUNDAY'S SHOWDOWN

Jan. 11 at Edmonton Oilers (9-22-9)

All-Time Record against Edmonton: 8-9-3-4

All-Time Road Record against Edmonton: 3-7-1-0

The Oilers have given the Panthers trouble in the past, halting the Cats in their last five contests. Florida has not won a game against Edmonton since the 2008-09 season, where the Panthers topped the Oilers 2-0 in Oil Country. After a slow start to the year and a new Head Coach in Todd Nelson, the Oilers look to reverse their early fortunes. The Panthers return to Edmonton for the first time since Nov. 21, 2013.

KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION -- EDMONTON

- F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has recorded six assists (0-6−6) in three career games against FLA.

- F Jordan Eberle has recorded four points (2-2−4) in four career games against FLA.

- F Taylor Hall has recorded three assists (0-3−3) in two career games against FLA.

- G Ben Scrivens owns a 3-0-0 record with two shutouts in four career games against FLA.

- G Viktor Fasth has not played a game against Florida in his career.

CATS VS. OILERS

- F Brad Boyes has recorded 20 points (9-11−20) in 22 career games against EDM.

- F Jussi Jokinen has recorded 13 points (5-8−13) in 18 career games against EDM.

- F Dave Bolland has recorded 13 points (6-7−13) in 17 career games against EDM.

- F Scottie Upshall has recorded eight goals (8-0−8) in 14 career games against EDM.

- G Roberto Luongo owns a 26-12-3 record with four shutouts in 43 career games against EDM.

- G Al Montoya has not played a game against Edmonton in his career.

DID YOU KNOW?

- Panthers F Scottie Upshall is a native of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

- Edmonton Assistant Coach Craig Ramsay served two separate stints as Assistant Coach for Florida (93-95, 2011-13).

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