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A Look Ahead Oct. 27- Nov. 1

by Mike Lewis / Florida Panthers

After earning six out of eight possible points on the Panthers' four-game road trip, the Cats return home to Sunrise to take on a familiar face and an Eastern Conference rival this week.



Storylines to Watch

- G Roberto Luongo's 67th career shutout against Buffalo (Oct. 17), is tied with Roy Worters (1925-37) for 13th all-time in shutouts. Luongo needs one shutout to break the tie and pass Worters.

- F Jussi Jokinen sits one goal away from his 150th career goal.

- The Panthers will finish their season series against Arizona, after falling to the Coyotes in overtime in the Cats' most recent game (Oct. 25).

- F Scottie Upshall is a former member of both teams the Panthers play this week.



Thursday's Throwdown

Oct. 30 vs Arizona Coyotes (3-3-1, 11th in the West)

All-Time Record Against Arizona: 9-12-3-2

All-Time Record vs. Arizona at home: 4-7-0-1

The Panthers look for some redemption as they take on the Coyotes in the second game of a home-and-home series. Falling in overtime to the 'Yotes in Arizona on Saturday night (Oct. 25), the Panthers

KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION -- ARIZONA

- F Mikkel Boedker has four points (2-2-4) in five career games against FLA.

- D Oliver Ekman-Larsson has four points (2-2-4) in four career games against FLA and recorded a goal in their last meeting.

- G Mike Smith has a 7-4-3 record in 15 career games against FLA.

- D Keith Yandle has seven points (0-7-7) in seven career games against FLA.

CATS VS. ARIZONA

- F Brad Boyes has ten points (5-5-10) in 21 career games against ARI.

- F Brandon Pirri has three goals in five career games against ARI, scoring his third in their most recent meeting.

-F Jussi Jokinen has 17 points (7-10-17) in 28 career games against ARI and recorded an assist in their last meeting.

- G Roberto Luongo owns a 13-2-3 record with three shutouts in 28 career games against ARI.

DID YOU KNOW?

- Panthers F Scottie Upshall spent three seasons with Arizona (2008-11), recording 72 points (42-30-72) in 129 games.

- Panthers G Al Montoya spent his first NHL season with Arizona (2008-09) finishing 3-1-0 with a shutout in five games.

- Coyotes D Connor Murphy's father Gord Murphy spent six seasons with the Panthers as a player (1993-99) recording 142 points (42-100-142) in 410 games and also spent four seasons as an assistant coach for the Panthers (2010-13).

- Coyotes F Sam Gagner's father Dave Gagner spent two seasons with the Panthers as a player (1997-99) recording 62 points (24-38-62) in 114 games.

- Coyotes Assistant to the General Manager/Goaltender Coach, Sean Burke played for the Panthers for two seasons (1998-2000) before being traded to the Coyotes. Burke played in 66 games for Florida owning a 23-29-14 record with three shutouts.




Saturday's Showdown

Nov. 1 vs. Philadelphia (3-3-2, 11th in the East)

All-Time Record against Philadelphia: 30-41-7-5

All-Time Record against Philadelphia at Home: 12-24-1-4

The first game of November will be Florida's first meeting with the Flyers. The Panthers will play an Eastern conference foe for the first time since Oct. 18 as they look to gain ground on the Metropolitan division club. Florida faces a Philadelphia team ranked 27th in the league in goals against per game (3.50) but ranked fifth in goals for (3.25).

KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION -- PHILADELPHIA

- C Vincent Lecavalier has posted 71 points (27-44-71) in 81 career games against FLA.

- C Claude Giroux has posted ten points (2-8-10) in eight career games against FLA.

- F Matt Read has posted seven points (6-1-7) in nine career games against FLA.

- G Steve Mason owns a 6-1-0 record with one shutout in seven career games against FLA.

CATS VS. PHILLY

- F Jussi Jokinen has posted 20 points (9-11-20) in 23 career games against PHI.

- D Brian Campbell has posted 14 points (2-12-14) in 33 career games against PHI.

- F Jonathan Huberdeau has posted five points (3-2-5) in six career games against PHI.

- G Roberto Luongo owns a 5-7-2 record with one shutout in 16 career games against PHI.

DID YOU KNOW?

- F Scottie Upshall spent three seasons with the Flyers (2006-09) recording 64 points (27-37-64) in 134 games.

- F Jonathan Huberdeau recorded the first four point night (2-2-4) of his career against Philadelphia (2/21/13) . The night included his first career penalty shot goal and his first career game-winning goal.

- Philadelphia D Shayne Gostisbehere is a native of Margate, FL and spent his early days playing for the Jr. Panthers at the Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs, FL.

- Philadelphia assistant coach, Gord Murphy spent six seasons with the Panthers as a player (1993-99) recording 142 points (42-100-142) in 410 games and also spent four seasons as an assistant coach for the Panthers (2010-13). Murphy served as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets (2002-10), coaching alongside Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant (2000-07).

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