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Cats & Coffee: Panthers visit Montreal; Trick-or-Treat at BB&T

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop /

Good morning and welcome to "Cats & Coffee," a weekly segment presented by Community Coffee in which we get you caffeinated with an exciting look at the week ahead for the Florida Panthers.

The Florida Panthers feel like they're back on the right track after snapping their three-game losing streak with a big 4-1 victory against the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

"We lost three in a row. Good teams don't like to lose two in a row," center Vincent Trocheck said. "It's pretty big that we have a backup goalie that's not so much a backup."

With Roberto Luongo sidelined by an injury, backup goaltender James Reimer was stellar in net, stopping 41 of 42 shots for his second victory of the season.

"Tonight we needed our goaltending at certain times of the game, and he certainly was the first star in my mind," head coach Bob Boughner said. "He was big. He was challenging the shooters. His rebound control was great."

With games against the Montreal Canadiens, Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings on the docket for this week, the Panthers will need Reimer to remain on top of his game as they look to improve upon their 3-4-0 record.

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


Tuesday: at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m.

The Panthers will wrap up their two-game road trip against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre on Tuesday. After winning the Atlantic Division last season, Montreal (1-6-1) has lost six of its first seven games in 2017-18. The Panthers, who held Washington to just one goal on Saturday, should expect another good showing on defense in Montreal, as the Canadiens are currently scoring a league-worst 1.50 goals per game. As for Florida's offense, look for Jonathan Huberdeau to once again make a dent on the scoresheet, as the 24-year-old winger has at least one point in six of seven games this season.

Panthers vs. Canadiens in 2016-17: 1-2-1


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

Thursday: vs. Anaheim Ducks, 7:30 p.m.

The Panthers will look to recoup some of last season's success when the Ducks (3-3-1) visit the BB&T Center on Thursday. The Panthers, who went a perfect 2-0-0 against Anaheim last season, should expect a good night on the penalty kill in this contest, as the Ducks currently own the league's 30th-ranked power play, converting a meager 4.0 percent of their chances with the extra attacker. In net, look for James Reimer to have a big night for Florida, as the veteran goaltender is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .966 save percentage in two career starts against Anaheim.

Panthers vs. Ducks in 2016-17: 2-0-0


Radio: 940 WINZ (Dade/Broward); 640 WMEN (Palm Beaches); 100.3 WCTH (Florida Keys); 1370 WAXE (Treasure Coast)

Saturday: vs. Detroit Red Wings, 7:00 p.m.

It'll be a night of sweets and slap shots when the Red Wings (4-4-1) visit the BB&T Center during the Florida's special Halloween Night on Saturday. Detroit, which enters this week in the midst of a four-game losing streak, has struggled on defense as of late, allowing four-or-more goals in three of its last four games. In this contest, look for Vincent Trocheck to play a big role for the Panthers on offense, as the 24-year-old center has amassed 10 points (6-4-10) in 11 career games against the Red Wings. For more information on Florida's trick-or-treat event after the game, please continue reading!

Panthers vs. Red Wings in 2016-17: 3-0-1


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


- Roberto Luongo needs just one more win to surpass Curtis Joseph for fourth place on the NHL's all-time wins list with 455.


The Panthers will host a special Halloween-themed "Fear the Territory Night" on Saturday, Oct. 28 at BB&T Center during their not-so-spooky match-up with the Detroit Red Wings.

The event, presented by IT'SUGAR, will feature plenty of fun activities for both fans and fiends, including decorating Halloween cookies and drinking "Witches Brew" apple cider before the game at 5:30 P.M. To participate in this pre-game event, however, you must purchase tickets through the exclusive link HERE.

After the game, all fans in attendance will have the opportunity to take part in trick-or-treating on the ice for a $2 donation (cash only) to the Florida Panthers Foundation. 

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: #FlaPanthers Announce ���Fear the Territory��� Night on Oct. 28.��


Panthers owner Vincent Viola was a special guest speaker at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance's annual meeting on Thursday at the Signature Grand in Davie.

More than 750 people attended the event, including numerous key members of Florida's staff, including President & CEO Matthew Caldwell and VP of Business Operations Shawn Thornton.

As the primary economic development organization for Broward County, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance focuses on creating, expanding and retaining high-wage jobs in the area in order to develop a more vibrant community. From 2007 to 2016, the Alliance helped create or retain 25,000 direct jobs. 

Video: Viola Speaks at Fort Lauderdale Alliance Dinner


Tweet from @FlaPanthersCARE: We���re here at the Boynton Beach Haunted Pirates Fest! Come say hey ��

Tweet from @FlaPanthersCARE: #FlaPanthers Shawn Thornton welcomed tonight's anthem skaters & special guests from the El-Castillo Knights from Costa Rica!

Tweet from @FlaPanthersCARE: #FlaPanthers & @JetBlue staff had a great time reading this morning at Sawgrass Elementary for #ReadForTheRecord! ��


-- The Panthers have recalled goaltender Harri Sateri from Springfield (AHL).

 -- Florida's 2017 second-round pick Aleksi Heponiemi is lighting up the WHL, scoring 30 points (8-22-30) in just 11 games for the Swift Current Broncos. You can learn all about that and more in our latest "In the Pipeline" report

-- Want to help out in the community? Check out our 2017-18 Community Drives

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