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A Look Ahead: March 23 - March 29

by Mike Lewis / Florida Panthers

The Panthers embark on the final road trip of the regular season as they face their cross-state rivals before a stretch across Eastern Canada.

STORYLINES TO WATCH

- The Florida Panthers (80 pts.) enter the week sitting three points shy of the Ottawa Senators (83 pts.) and four points shy of the Boston Bruins (84 pts.) in the Eastern Conference Wild Card race.

TUESDAY'S TILT

March 24 at Tampa Bay Lightning

All-Time Record against Tampa Bay: 58-35-10-12

All-Time Road Record against Tampa Bay: 25-24-6-3

The Panthers and Lightning lock up in Tampa Bay for their third match-up of the season on Tuesday. The Panthers and Lightning each have won a game in the season series as Florida prepares for their last match-up at Amalie Arena for the regular season. The Panthers have earned at least one point in each game played against Tampa Bay this season (1-0-1). Florida’s last win against Tampa Bay was on Apr. 27, 2013 (5-3 W). Florida and Tampa close out their season series in South Florida on Apr. 4.

KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION -- TAMPA BAY

- F Ryan Callahan: 24 GP vs. FLA, 13 Pts. (5-8—13)

- F Valtteri Filppula: 10 GP vs. GLA, 12 Pts. (4-8—12)

- F Tyler Johnson: 7 GP vs. FLA, 4 Pts. (4-0—4)

- F Steven Stamkos: 33 GP vs. FLA, 39 Pts. (23-16—39)

- D Victor Hedman: 25 GP vs. FLA, 12 Pts. (2-10—12)

- G Ben Bishop: 6 GP vs. FLA, 5-1-0

- G Andrei Vasilevskiy: 0 GP vs. FLA, 0-0-0

CATS VS. BOLTS

- F Nick Bjugstad: 6 GP vs. TBL, 5 Pts. (2-3—5)

- F Brad Boyes: 26 GP vs. TBL, 25 Pts. (12-13—25)

-F Jonathan Huberdeau: 11 GP vs. TBL, 9 Pts. (3-6—9)

- F Jaromir Jagr: 69 GP vs. TBL, 77 Pts. (34-33—77)

- F Jussi Jokinen: 29 GP vs. TBL, 22 Pts. (9-13—22)

- D Brian Campbell: 40 GP vs. TBL, 19 Pts. (2-17—19)

- D Aaron Ekblad: 2 GP vs. TBL, 2 Pts. (1-1—2)

-G Dan Ellis: 6 GP vs. TBL, 1-4-1

-G Roberto Luongo: 29 GP vs. TBL, 13-12-1 (3 SO)

DID YOU KNOW?

- Panthers F Jussi Jokinen played 66 games for Tampa Bay (2007-09), recording 30 points (8-22—30).

- Panthers G Dan Ellis played in 31 games for Tampa Bay (2010-11), earning a 13-7-6 record with two shutouts.

- Panthers Head Coach Gerard Gallant played 52 games for Tampa Bay, recording 13 points (4-9—13). Gallant and Lightning General Manager, Steve Yzerman played together in Detroit (1984-93).

- Lightning D Jason Garrison began his NHL career with the Florida Panthers after being signed as a free agent (2008-09). Garrison played in 190 games for Florida (2008-12), recording 59 points (23-36—59). During the 2011-12 season, Garrison set the Florida franchise record for goals in a season for a defenseman (16).

THURSDAY'S THROWDOWN

March 26 at Toronto Maple Leafs

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

All-Time Road Record vs. Toronto: 13-15-2-3

Florida closes out their season series with Toronto on Thursday. The Panthers own a 2-1-0 mark this season against the Maple Leafs. Jonathan Huberdeau has recorded at least one point in each match-up with the Maple Leafs this season (1-2—3).

KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION – TORONTO

- F Nazem Kadri: 12 GP vs. FLA, 12 Pts. (3-9—12)

- F Phil Kessel: 33 GP vs. FLA, 22 Pts. (13-19—22)

- F James Van Riemsdyk: 18 GP vs. FLA, 12 Pts. (4-8—12)

- D Dion Phaneuf: 20 GP vs. FLA, 11 Pts. (2-9—11)

- G Jonathan Bernier: 5 GP vs. FLA, 1-3-0

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

CATS VS. LEAFS

- F Brad Boyes: 35 GP vs. TOR, 27 Pts. (9-18—27)

- F Nick Bjugstad: 8 GP vs. TOR, 6 Pts. (4-2—6)

- F Jaromir Jagr: 54 GP vs. TOR, 74 Pts. (32-42—74)

- F Jonathan Huberdeau: 9 GP vs. TOR, 5 Pts. (1-4—5)

- F Brandon Pirri: 3 GP vs. TOR, 4 Pts. (3-1—4)

- D Brian Campbell: 50 GP vs. TOR, 31 Pts. (5-26—31)

- G Dan Ellis: 4 GP vs. TOR, 3-1-0 (1 SO)

- G Roberto Luongo: 27 GP vs. TOR, 16-7-0 (2 SO)

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).

SATURDAY'S SHOWDOWN

March 28 at Montreal Canadiens

All-Time Record against Montreal: 37-30-6-9

All-Time Road Record against Montreal: 18-13-3-5

The Panthers own a 1-1-1 record against the Canadiens this season, falling to them most recently on March 17 (3-2 L). Florida’s last visit to Montreal resulted in a 3-2 shootout victory for the Cats (Feb. 19). The Panthers close out their season series with the Canadiens in South Florida on Apr. 5.

KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION -- MONTREAL

- F Brendan Gallagher: 10 GP vs. FLA, 6 Pts. (3-3—6)

- F Tomas Plekanec: 35 GP vs. FLA, 13 Pts. (8-5—13)

- F Max Pacioretty:19 GP vs. FLA, 12 Pts. (2-10—12)

- D P.K. Subban:16 GP vs. FLA, 10 Pts. (2-8—10)

- G Carey Price:13 GP vs. FLA, 7-4-2 (2 SO)

- G Dustin Tokarski:3 GP vs. FLA, 2-0-0

CATS VS. HABS

- F Aleksander Barkov: 5 GP vs. MTL, 4 pts. (2-1—3)

- F Brad Boyes: 32 GP vs. MTL, 19 pts. (3-16—19)

- F Jaromir Jagr: 77 GP vs. MTL, 87 pts. (41-46—87)

- D Brian Campbell 48 GP vs. MTL, 31 pts. (7-24—31)

- G Dan Ellis: 3 GP vs. MTL, 1-1-0

- G Roberto Luongo: 31 GP vs. MTL, 11-14-2 (2 SO)

DID YOU KNOW?

- Florida F Jonathan Huberdeau grew up outside of Montreal in St. Jerome, Quebec.

- Florida G Roberto Luongo is a native of Montreal.

- Florida Head Coach Gerard Gallant served as an assistant coach for the Montreal Canadiens (2012-14) prior to joining Florida.

- Florida Assistant Coach John Madden served on Montreal's scouting staff for one season (2012-13)

- Florida Director of Player Development Brian Skrudland played 475 games for Montreal (1985-1993) recording 217 points (78-139—217). Skrudland won the Stanley Cup with Montreal in 1986.

- Montreal D Tom Gilbert played 73 games for Florida (2013-14), recording 28 points (3-25—28).

- Montreal D Mike Weaver played 246 games for Florida (2010-14), recording 44 points (3-41—44).

SUNDAY'S SHOWDOWN

March 29 at Ottawa Senators

All-Time Record against Ottawa: 31-44-3-4

All-Time Road Record against Ottawa: 15-20-2-3

The playoff race in the East is getting intense and a large part of that is because of the emergence of the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa is the team standing between Florida and the Boston Bruins for the final Eastern Conference Wild Card position. With a hot goaltender in Andrew Hammond and a six-game winning streak, the Senators have a chance to sneak past the Bruins for the Wild Card spot by the time Florida plays them on Sunday. With heavy playoff implications, the game on Sunday will be one of Florida’s biggest games of the season. The Panthers are 1-2-0 against the Senators this season.

KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION -- OTTAWA

- F Milan Michalek: 19 GP vs. FLA, 11 Pts. (3-8—11)

- F Kyle Turris: 14 GP vs. FLA, 12 Pts. (4-8—12)

- F Bobby Ryan: 9 GP vs. FLA, 5 Pts. (3-2—5)

- D Erik Karlsson: 18 GP vs. FLA, 16 Pts. (6-10—16)

- G Craig Anderson: 16 GP vs. FLA, 11-3-1 (3 SO)

- G Andrew Hammond: 1 GP vs. FLA, 1-0-0

CATS VS. SENS

- F Aleksander Barkov: 6 GP vs. OTT, 3 Pts. (2-1—3)

- F Brad Boyes: 33 GP vs. OTT, 18 Pts. (10-8—31)

- F Jaromir Jagr: 68 GP vs. OTT, 80 Pts. (38-42—80)

- F Jussi Jokinen: 25 GP vs. OTT, 10 Pts. (1-9—10)

- D Brian Campbell: 55 GP vs. OTT, 29 Pts. (5-24—29)

- G Dan Ellis: 2 GP vs. OTT, 2-0-0 (1 SO)

- G Roberto Luongo: 25 GP vs. OTT, 11-13-0

DID YOU KNOW?

- Panthers D Erik Gudbranson grew up in Orleans, Ontario a suburb of Ottawa.

- Panthers D Brian Campbell played four seasons (1995-99) for the Ottawa 67's (OHL), recording 210 points (38-172–210) in 260 games and received the Max Kaminsky trophy for most outstanding defenseman in the Ontario Hockey League in 1998-99.

- Senators G Craig Anderson spent spent three seasons (2006-09) with the Panthers playing 53 games and finishing with a 24-14-7 record with a 2.52 goals against average and .928 save percentage.

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