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A Look Ahead: March 2 - March 7

by Mike Lewis / Florida Panthers

The Florida Panthers continue their season-high seven-game homestand this week as they host the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dallas Stars and New York Islanders. The Panthers enter the week with a two-game winning streak, earning back-to-back victories against Atlantic Division rivals the Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning.



STORYLINES TO WATCH

F Jaromir Jagr (717G) is one goal shy of passing F Phil Esposito for sole possession of fifth all-time in goals.

D Aaron Ekblad is one goal shy of passing D Ed Jovanovksi for sole possession of the Panthers franchise rookie defenseman goal scoring record.

TUESDAY'S TILT

March 3 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

All-Time Record vs. Toronto: 29-28-7-5

All-Time Home Record vs. Toronto: 16-13-5-2

Florida faces off against Toronto for the third time this season on Tuesday. The Panthers have beaten the Maple Leafs in both meetings this season and has won four consecutive match-ups against them.

KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION – TORONTO

- F Nazem Kadri: 11 GP vs. FLA, 11 points (2-9—11)

- F Phil Kessel: 32 GP vs. FLA, 21 points (13-18—21)

- F James Van Riemsdyk: 17 GP vs. FLA, 12 points (4-8—12)

- D Dion Phaneuf: 19 GP vs. FLA, 10 points (2-8—10)

- G Jonathan Bernier: 4 GP vs. FLA, 1-2-0

- G James Reimer: 6 GP vs. FLA, 1-4-0

CATS VS. LEAFS

- F Brad Boyes: 34 GP vs. TOR, 27 points (9-18—27)

- F Nick Bjugstad: 7 GP vs. TOR, 6 points (4-2—6)

- F Jaromir Jagr: 53 GP vs. TOR, 74 points (32-42—74)

- F Jonathan Huberdeau: 8 GP vs. TOR, 4 points (1-3—4)

- D Brian Campbell: 49 GP vs. TOR, 31 points (5-26—31)

- G Roberto Luongo: 26 GP vs. TOR, 16-7-0 (2 SO)

- G Al Montoya: 3 GP vs. TOR, 1-1-1

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 Head Coach Peter Horachek served as interim head coach of Florida (2013-14).

THURSDAY'S THROWDOWN

March 5 vs. Dallas Stars

All-Time Record vs.Dallas: 13-12-3-0

All-Time Home Record vs. Dallas: 6-7-1-0

After falling to the Stars 2-0 on Feb. 13, the Panthers will look to earn a win in the second and final game of the season series on Thursday. In their last match-up in South Florida (Apr. 6, 2014), the Panthers topped the Stars 3-2.

KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION -- DALLAS

- F Jamie Benn: 6 GP vs. FLA, 6 points (2-4—6)

- F Erik Cole: 54 GP vs. FLA, 42 points (20-22—42)

- F Jason Spezza: 40 GP vs. FLA, 34 points (11-23—34)

- G Kari Lehtonen: 27 GP vs. FLA, 14-8-4 (3 SO)

- G Jhonas Enroth: 4 GP vs. FLA, 2-1-1

CATS VS. STARS

- F Aleksander Barkov: 2 GP vs. DAL, 1 point (1-0—1)

- F Jonathan Huberdeau: 2 GP vs. DAL, 1 point (1-0—1)

- F Jaromir Jagr: 31 GP vs. DAL, 30 points (14-16—30).

- F Brandon Pirri: 5 GP vs. DAL, 3 points (1-2—3)

- D Brian Campbell: 20 GP vs. DAL, 12 points (2-10—12)

- G Roberto Luongo: 25 GP vs. DAL, 14-7-3 (2 SO)

- G Al Montoya: 4 GP vs. DAL, 1-1-0

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 Jaromir Jagr played 34 games for Dallas (2012-13), recording 26 points (14-12—26).

- 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).

SATURDAY'S SHOWDOWN

March 7 vs. New York Islanders

All-Time Record vs.NY Islanders: 42-28-8-8

All-Time Home Record vs. NY Islanders: 22-11-6-3

The Panthers and Islanders have each earned a win in their season series. The Cats topped the Isles 4-2 in their last match-up on Long Island (Feb. 3). Florida has earned points in their last two home games against the Islanders (1-0-1).

KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION -- NY ISLANDERS

- F Josh Bailey: 8 GP vs. FLA, 6 points (1-5—6)

- F Mikhail Grabovski: 23 GP vs. FLA, 11 points (6-5—11)

- F Anders Lee: 4 GP vs. FLA, 2 points (2-0—2)

- F John Tavares: 18 GP vs. FLA, 13 points (6-7—13)

- G Jaroslav Halak: 10 GP vs. FLA, 8-1-0 (2 SO)

- G Chad Johnson: 2 GP vs. FLA, 2-0-0

CATS VS. ISLES

- F Nick Bjugstad: 6 GP vs. NYI, 3 points (1-2—3)

- F Jimmy Hayes: 4 GP vs. NYI, 6 points (4-2—6)

- F Jonathan Huberdeau: 7 GP vs. NYI, 4 points (0-4—4)

- F Jaromir Jagr: 106 GP vs. NYI, 152 points (61-91—152)

- F Scottie Upshall: 25 GP vs. NYI, 15 points (6-9—15)

- D Brian Campbell: 34 GP vs. NYI, 21 points (3-18—21)

- D Aaron Ekblad: 2 GP vs. NYI, 2 points (1-1—2)

-G Roberto Luongo: 25 GP vs. NYI, 8-10-3

- G Al Montoya: 3 GP vs. NYI, 3-0-0

DID YOU KNOW?

- G Roberto Luongo was selected in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1997 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders. Luongo played 24 games for the Islanders (1999-00), recording a 7-14-1 record with one shutout during his rookie season.

- F Brad Boyes played one season for the Islanders (2012-13) recording 35 points (10-25-35) in 48 games.

-G Al Montoya played two seasons for the Islanders (2010-12) owning an 18-16-10 record with one shutout in 52 games.

- Panthers Coach Gerard Gallant served as an assistant coach for the Islanders for two seasons (2007-09).

- Panthers Television Color Analyst, Denis Potvin was selected first overall in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft by the Islanders. Serving as Captain of the Isles for most of his career, Potvin won four consecutive Stanley Cups with New York (1979-80 to 1982-83). Potvin played his entire career with the Islanders, recording 1052 points (310-742-1052) in 1060 games.

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