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Cats & Coffee: Panthers Aim to End Strong Homestand on a High Note

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 are starting to make things interesting.

With a dominating 6-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night at BB&T Center, the Panthers (25-24-8) have now won eight of their last 12 games. Of those eight victories, six of them have been on home ice while all of them have come against teams holding playoff spots.

"We're happy, but of course we're not satisfied," said Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov, who led the team with four points against Montreal. "We're not where we want to be yet. If we continue to do that and keep getting better every game, every night, we're going to be good."

Barkov enters the week as the toast of the NHL after his incredible between-the-legs goal that highlighted his hat-trick performance against the Canadiens. With a defenseman draped over his back, the 23-year-old center pulled the puck between his legs and flipped it over former Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price to give the Panthers a 4-3 lead late in the second period.

Video: MTL@FLA: Barkov goes between the legs for second goal

"I saw one of the best goals I've ever seen," Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle said. "To do that in a game with a guy on his back against probably the best goalie in the game, it just shows the type of confidence he has… He doesn't give himself much credit, but with that confidence, that skill set and that ability to put it all together, I was glad I had a front-row seat to it."

Overflowing with confidence, the Panthers will now look to end their long stretch of home games on a high note this week as they prepare for three crucial matchups against the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings before embarking on a pivotal three-game road trip.

"We have a lot of work ahead of us," Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. "We talked about how big this week is, having three more games before we hit the road. Even in some of our losses we've had some good periods and played some good hockey, so we've just got to continue to work on that consistency and play to our identity. So far, so good in the second half."

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

THE GAMES

Tuesday: Buffalo Sabres, 7:00 p.m.

The Panthers will kick off their week with a matchup against the Sabres (28-23-7) at BB&T Center on Tuesday. Buffalo enters the week on the heels of consecutive losses to the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers. In those games, they were outscored 10-3. Jack Eichel leads the Sabres in points (62), while Jeff Skinner paces the club and ranks second in the NHL in goals (36), including four in three games against Florida this season. For the Panthers, look for Denis Malgin to make something happen in this game, as the 22-year-old forward has been heating up in a depth-scoring role as of late, notching two goals over his last five contests.

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, Taco Tuesday ($3 Tacos at "Taco 'Bout It")

Tickets: HERE

Thursday: Carolina Hurricanes, 7:00 p.m.

If the Panthers hope to start gaining some ground in the playoff race, they'll need to take care of business against the Hurricanes (31-22-6) at BB&T Center on Thursday. Carolina currently sits one point out of the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and enters the week with wins in eight of its last 10 games. For the Hurricanes, defense and goaltending has been their biggest key to victory as of late, as they've allowed one-or-fewer goals in four of their last five games, including a pair of shutouts against the Dallas Stars and New York Rangers. For the Panthers, look for Mike Hoffman to find a way to light the lamp, as the 29-year-old winger leads the team in goals (26), power-play goals (11), game-winning goals (5) and shots on goal (180).

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, $5 Beer Thursday, Diaper Drive

Tickets: HERE

Saturday: Los Angeles Kings, 5:00 p.m.

Florida's long stint at home will come to an end when the Kings (23-29-6) stop by BB&T Center on Saturday. Los Angeles enters the week in the midst of a four-game losing streak that has left the team with the second-fewest points in the league (52). Unable to find any consistent goal-scoring, they currently own the league's 30th-ranked offense, registering an average of 2.40 goals per game. For the Panthers, look for a big night from Keith Yandle on the power play. The league's leader in power-play points by a defenseman with 28, Yandle will lead Florida's third-ranked man advantage (25.9 percent) against the Kings' 29th-ranked penalty kill (75.9 percent).

TV: FSF

Radio: TBD (DADE/BROWARD); 640 WMEN (PALM BEACH); 100.3 WCTH (FLORIDA KEYS)

In-Arena Activations: 50-50 Raffle with Guaranteed Pot of $25,000, Stephen Weiss' "Legacy Saturday," Student Rush, JetBlue Hat Giveaway

Tickets:HERE

MILESTONE WATCH

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

- Aaron Ekblad is four assists away from his 100th NHL assist.

- Vincent Trocheck is four goals away from his 100th NHL goal.

- Mike Hoffman is one game away from his 400th NHL game.

- Jamie McGinn is one game away from his 600th NHL game.

30 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS

Want to catch Aleksander Barkov for 41 games a year and also have a chance to win a prize?

Well, now would be a good time to renew your season tickets for the 2019-20 campaign!

With the "30 Days of Giveaways" promotion, a new prize will be handed out each day to a season ticket holder that has renewed for the upcoming season. So, in that case, the sooner you renew the better as it will put your name in the pool longer for a better chance at winning.

Prizes for the "30 Days of Giveaways" include:

- A three-Day Caribbean Cruise for Two

- A Trip to the 2019 NHL Awards for Two (Includes Airfare, Hotel and NHL Awards Show)

- Two Roundtrip JetBlue Airline Vouchers (travel within continental U.S.)

- Florida Panthers 2019-20 Away Game Experience (Includes Airfare, Hotel and tickets to game)

If you're a new season ticket holder, there's also plenty of good reasons to join The Territory and get locked into your new seats this month. Fans that purchase their tickets prior to March 23 will receive addition Cats CA$H, which can be used for future purchases at BB&T Center.

Full season ticket holder benefits for the 2019-20 season include:

-- Exclusive Concession Pricing on Select Items

-- 25% Merchandise Discount in Pantherland

-- Discounted General Parking*

-- Priority Access to BB&T Center Concerts and Events

-- Exclusive Season Ticket Holder Events

"Our Panthers Season Ticket Holders are at the heart of our organization," President & CEO Matthew Caldwell said. "We're always listening to feedback from our fans and community and we're proud to look towards the 2019-20 season offering all-new culinary items and competitive ticket holder benefits. The arena experience at BB&T Center offers excitement on the ice and a sense of community and we're constantly looking for ways to innovate within that space."

To browse full ticket options, visit FloridaPanthers.com/TicketCentral or dial 954-835-PUCK (7825).

STUDENT RUSH

If you're a current college student, the BB&T Center is the place to be.

With the new "Rooftop Rush" section now open in the arena's upper level, students can enjoy a fun-filled atmosphere with local DJ's and bar games while also having a great view of all of the action on the ice. This section is exclusively for students and remains open one hour after the game so the party can continue with certain $5 beers on tap!

If you'd like to be enrolled in the student rush program, please text STUDENT to 64600 to opt into the fun. Fans must sign up with a valid .edu email address and will receive text messages once tickets become available. A student ID is not necessary to make a purchase, but it will be needed in order to access the "Rooftop Rush" section.

The next student rush game is Saturday, when the Los Angeles Kings visit Sunrise.

All student rush tickets are $20 and include parking.

CATS CLIP OF THE WEEK

From parking his car to a post-game celebration, we followed Vincent Trocheck on a game day.

Video: Game Day: Vincent Trocheck

CATS IN THE COMMUNITY

Tweet from @HabitatMiami: We couldn���t wait to share this one... Thank you to @StanleyCPanther and @FlaPanthers for visiting us out on the site of our #HabitatBlitzBuild2019! We had a blast!!! 🏒 #FlaPanthers #FloridaPanthers pic.twitter.com/qnDxZG3nl4

Tweet from @FlaPanthersCARE: We���re at the 2019 Black History Month Celebration & Community Block Party being held at the African-American Research Library and Culture Center today! pic.twitter.com/ruSiCOpxp5

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: #HWAA is one week away! #TryHockey for free at select South Florida locations by registering now at https://t.co/uoNpERVL7S pic.twitter.com/JO9xAHymmL

COLD COFFEE (IN CASE YOU MISSED IT)

-- Enter to win a brand-new Ford while also helping a good cause with the "Cats Car Raffle."

-- The Panthers recalled rookie goaltender Samuel Montembeault from AHL Springfield.

-- With a little added aggression, the Panthers are reaching new heights on the penalty kill this season.

-- The Panthers teamed up with HandsOn Broward to honor fallen Parkland teacher Scott Beigel.

-- Read the story behind Roberto Luongo's #MSDStrong mask.

-- Who's ready for another "Pucks & Pints" Beerfest?!

-- Make sure to pick up your collectible Coca-Cola bottles celebrating Florida's 25th anniversary season.

-- After recovering from back surgery, Jamie McGinn joined this week's episode of Territory Talk to discuss his long road back, his brothers and his stake in the SPHL's Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs.

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