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Cats & Coffee: Boyle on Board; Canada Bound

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop / FloridaPanthers.com

Good morning and welcome to "Cats & Coffee," a weekly segment, presented by Koffee Kult, in which we serve up an exciting look at what's on deck for your Florida Panthers. Like our friends at Koffee Kult, this forecast serves up only the best -- so sit back, sip and enjoy our latest brew of news, notes and information!

The Florida Panthers closed out this past week with a win and a warm welcome.

After securing a 3-2 shootout win in Nashville on Saturday, the team announced the signing of veteran forward Brian Boyle on Sunday. At 34, Boyle is expected to bring both experience and versality to Florida's roster, as he's played in 766 regular-season games and 114 in the playoffs.

In 2018-19, the 6-foot-6, 245-pound native of Hingham, Mass., appeared in 73 games split between New Jersey and Nashville, registering a combined 24 points (18 goals, six assists).

Panthers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Dale Tallon believes that Boyle will not only help the team on the ice, but also in the locker room with his impeccable character.

"With over 700 games played in the NHL and over 100 more in the playoffs, Brian brings a wealth of experience to our club," said Tallon. "He adds versatility and character to our lineup."

Boyle is expected to join the Panthers for practice on Monday, but won't spend much time in Sunrise this week. Following a matchup against Pittsburgh on Tuesday at BB&T Center, the team will embark on four-game road trip against Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Colorado.

Despite losing captain Aleksander Barkov to an upper-body injury against the Predators, Florida is feeling very confident after picking up points in each of its last five games to improve to 3-2-3.

"I think we showed tonight that we have a little bit of a deeper team than we've had in the past," Panthers center Vincent Trocheck said after the win in Nashville. "Guys stepped up in situations that they're not used to playing in. We played a great defensive game for the most part."

Here's everything you need to know for the week ahead…

THE GAMES

Tuesday: Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:00 p.m.

The Panthers will make a one-game pit stop in Sunrise to host the Penguins (6-3-0) at BB&T Center on Tuesday. Pittsburgh currently sits in second place in the Metropolitan Division, but saw its five-game winning streak snapped in a 3-0 loss to Vegas on Saturday. Armed with a dangerous offense, the Penguins have scored seven goals in three of nine contests so far this season and currently boast the league's seventh-ranked offense (3.56 goals per game). Missing both Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad due to long-term injuries, Sidney Crosby leads the team in assists (8) and points (12), while Jake Guentzel paces the club in goals (5). For the Panthers, look for Brett Connolly to potentially light the lamp in this one. The 27-year-old winger has been on fire as of late, scoring four goals over his last three games. Thanks in large part to that recent surge, he currently ranks tied for second on the team in goals (4) and tied for third in points (7).

TV: FSF

Radio: 560 WQAM (Dade/Broward); 640 WMEN (Palm Beach); 100.3 WCTH (Florida Keys); 1370 WAXE (Treasure Coast)

In-Arena Activations: 50/50 Raffle; Nacho Tot Tuesday

Tickets: HERE

Thursday: at Calgary Flames, 9:00 p.m.

The first of three straight games they'll play north of the border, the Panthers will kick off a four-game road trip when they visit the Flames (5-4-1) at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday. Calgary has won three of its last four games and enters the week on the heels of a 2-1 win in Anaheim on Sunday. Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk are currently tied for the team-lead in scoring with eight points apiece, while Elias Lindholm has found the back of the net a team-best five times, including three goals in his last five games. Although the Flames own the fifth-best penalty kill in the league at the moment with an 87.5 percent success rate, there's a good chance Mike Hoffman does some damage on the power play for the Panthers in this matchup. The 29-year-old winger leads the team with five goals - including two on the power play - and is tied for the most points with eight. In 2018-19, he scored a career-high 17 goals with the man advantage, which was tied for fourth-most in the league. In his career against Calgary, Hoffman has registered nine points (four goals, five assists) in 11 games.

TV: FSF

Radio: 560 WQAM (Dade/Broward); 640 WMEN (Palm Beach); 100.3 WCTH (Florida Keys); 1370 WAXE (Treasure Coast)

Sunday: at Edmonton Oilers, 4:00 p.m.

The Panthers will close out the week with a tough matchup against the red-hot Oilers (7-1-1) at Rogers Place on Sunday. Edmonton enters the week sitting atop the Pacific Division, suffering only their second defeat of the season in a 1-0 shootout loss in Winnipeg on Sunday. The said, they still own a perfect 4-0-0 record on home ice thus far. Connor McDavid is currently tied for second in the league in scoring with a team-leading 17 points, while Leon Draisaitl ranks just behind him in third place with 16 points. James Neal is tied for the most goals in the league with nine, including a four-goal performance on Long Island on Oct. 8. Led by those three players, the Oilers boast the top power-play in the league with a 38.5 percent success rate. In what is shaping up to be a good special teams battle, Florida will attempt to stifle that strong man advantage with their seventh-ranked penalty kill (86.4 percent). Noel Acciari has been one of the team's premier penalty killers this season, blocking five shots over a team-high 21:32 of ice time while shorthanded.

TV: FSF

Radio: 560 WQAM (Dade/Broward); 640 WMEN (Palm Beach); 100.3 WCTH (Florida Keys); 1370 WAXE (Treasure Coast)

MILESTONE WATCH

- Keith Yandle is five goals away from his 100th NHL goal.

- Anton Stralman is two assists away from his 200th NHL assist.

- Aaron Ekblad is one game away from his 400th NHL game.

- Evgenii Dadonov is eight assists away from his 100th NHL assist.

- Joel Quenneville is seven wins away from his 900th win as a head coach in the NHL.

PROSPECT SPOTLIGHT

Owen Lindmark is managing to stand out on a stacked team at the University of Wisconsin.

A fifth-round pick (137th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft, the 18-year-old forward closed out this past week with a huge game for the No. 17 Badgers, scoring two goals - including the game-winner - in a 6-2 win against defending NCAA champion No. 3 Minnesota-Duluth on Sunday.

Tweet from @BadgerMHockey: OWEN LINDMARK with his second of the night! 🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/RyVBdWOxna

In the midst of his freshman season, Lindmark is currently tied for second on Wisconsin in goals (3) and tied for fourth in points (5) through four games. Prior to being picked by the Panthers, he tallied 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in 56 games with the U.S. National U18 Team in 2018-19.

YOGA DAY

The Panthers will be hosting a "Yoga Day" at BB&T Center on Dec. 8.

By purchasing this package, fans will not only gain access to a one-hour morning yoga session at the arena at 10 a.m., but also receive a tank top and one ticket to watch the team play either the San Jose Sharks later that day at 5 p.m. or the Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

To purchase tickets or for more information, click HERE.

TERRITORY ON TAP

There's plenty of places to tune in from when the Panthers are on the road.

With the "Territory on Tap" program, numerous bars and restaurants -- such as Bokamper's Bar and Grill and Funky Buddha Brewery -- throughout South Florida are committed to showing all road games throughout the year, while also offering some tasty drink specials on game days.

New for this season, fans can now also win tickets and other prizes just by scanning QR codes and checking in at these select locations on game days. You can do this once per watch party.

For a full list of establishments participating in the "Territory on Tap" program, click HERE.

THE ULTIMATE VALUE

The "Sahlen's Red Hot Value Pack" is back!

With select games available throughout the season, fans are able to purchase the pack starting at a minimum of four tickets. With each ticket comes with a hot dog, soda, popcorn and parking.

The hot dog, course, comes from our friends over at Sahlen's.

To learn more about the value pack see what games are available, click HERE.

CATS CLIP OF THE WEEK

How sweet was this shootout winner from Vincent Trocheck on Saturday?

Video: FLA@NSH: Trocheck beats Rinne in SO with backhander

CATS IN THE COMMUNITY

Tweet from @FlaPanthersCARE: We���re honored to welcome tonight���s @mossconstruct Community Champion @JDRFSouthFL! pic.twitter.com/QPB7a0lngP

Tweet from @StanleyCPanther: Got my construction overalls on for @mossconstruct. Thanks for having me and #billythemarlin out for the party! Can���t have a party without the Panther or a fiesta without the Fish! pic.twitter.com/kag695r8TJ

Tweet from @KinderChong: Thank you @FlaPanthersCARE and @ROARCorps for a fun post game trick or treating on the ice. Got to see the COOLEST mascot in town @StanleyCPanther. #OneTerritory pic.twitter.com/D1PWzIjsSM

TERRITORY TALK

Jonathan Huberdeau joined last week's episode of the Territory Talk podcast for a long and interesting discussion about Florida's start to the season, his own career and life off the ice.

COLD COFFEE (IN CASE YOU MISSED IT)

-- Didn't get to watch Saturday's win in Nashville? Get caught up with "5 Takeaways."

-- Q&A: Dryden Hunt has carved out a spot for himself on Florida's fourth line.

-- If you're a student in South Florida, "The Library" is the place to be at BB&T Center.

-- Aaron Ekblad and MacKenzie Weegar are finding some chemistry on the blue line.

-- Which Panthers prospects are off to hot starts? Find out here.

-- Play poker with the Panthers at "Ice & Dice" on Nov. 4!

-- Make sure to pick up a "Cats & Dogs" calendar at Pantherland this week.

-- Check out interesting pieces of Panthers history in the Virtual Vault.

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