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Cats & Coffee: Panthers Wrap Up Record Homestand

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 hope to end their franchise-record, nine-game homestand on a high note.

Entering the week on a three-game skid, the Panthers will have a chance to right the ship and potentially move back into a playoff spot when they host the Ottawa Senators and Dallas Stars on Monday and Friday, respectively. After that, they'll visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

"We just need to forget these last three games," Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov said after Sunday's practice. "We didn't play the way we wanted to play. We played against good teams, but of course we wanted to win them. We couldn't get it done, but we have a new challenge."

Prior to their current losing streak, Florida had looked incredibly dominant at both ends of the ice while winning three of four games to kick off its homestand, including dismantling the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 and the San Jose Sharks 5-1 back in early December on back-to-back nights.

Sitting at 15-12-5 on the season, the Panthers own a 9-7-2 record at home.

"I thought we played our two best games in a row," Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said. "Then we came out with three games after that where, whether it was unpredictability or the compete level, and all of the sudden you don't have the puck. You're technically a little bit off." Looking to get back on track, Quenneville wants his team to take things one game at a time. "Your next game is your biggest game and your best challenge," he said.

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

THE GAMES

Monday: Ottawa Senators, 7:00 p.m.

The Panthers will look to snap out of a three-game skid when they host the Senators (14-17-2) at BB&T Center on Monday. Ottawa enters the week with wins in three of its last five contests, including a 4-3 overtime win against Columbus on Saturday. On a scoring tear, Anthony Duclair leads the team in goals (18) and points (25). Over his last five games, the 24-year-old forward has found the back of the net eight times, including a hat trick against the Blue Jackets. Since being traded to the Senators last season, he's netted 26 goals in 53 games. Looking to cool off Duclair in this matchup will be Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Playing the best hockey of his season, the 31-year-old veteran has stopped 174 of 183 shots (.951 percent) over his last five starts. In 14 career games against Ottawa, he's gone 8-5-1 with a .911 save percentage.

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; Pop-Up Holiday Bar in Coors Light Cold Zone; Santa Claus Photo Opportunity

Tickets: HERE

Friday: Dallas Stars, 7:00 p.m.

The Panthers will wrap up their franchise-record, nine-game homestand when they welcome the Stars (19-11-4) to BB&T Center on Friday. Dallas has won four of its last five games and enters the week fresh off a 4-1 win at Nashville on Saturday. Against the Predators, Roope Hintz found the back of the net to increase his team-leading goal total to 12. Tyler Seguin leads the team in scoring with 25 points (six goals, 19 assists), while Alexander Radulov sits second with 21 (nine goals, 12 assists). Over their last five games, the Stars have surrendered just seven goals. But, in their first of two meetings this season, look out for Jonathan Huberdeau to break through that defense and find his way onto the scoresheet. Leading the Panthers with 37 points (11 goals, 26 assists), the 26-year-old winger has tallied six goals and 18 assists over his last 20 games. In his career against the Stars, he's produced nine points (four goals, five assists) in 10 games.

TV: FSF

Radio: 560 WQAM (DADE/BROWARD); 850 WFTL (PALM BEACH); 100.3 WCTH (FLORIDA KEYS); 1370 WAXE (TREASURE COAST)

In-Arena Activations: 50/50 Raffle; Pop-Up Holiday Bar in Coors Light Cold Zone; Santa Claus Photo Opportunity

Tickets: HERE

Saturday: at Carolina Hurricanes, 7:00 p.m.

The Panthers will kick off a two-game road trip when they close out their season series with the Hurricanes (20-11-2) at PNC Arena on Saturday.Carolina has come out on top in five of its last seven games and enters the week on the heels of a 4-0 win at Calgary on Saturday. Averaging the 10th-most goals per game in the league (3.18), the Hurricanes have four players with at least 30 points this season on their roster in Andrei Svechnikov (34), Teuvo Teravainen (33), Dougie Hamilton (31) and Sebastian Aho (30). Aho also leads the team in goals with 18. After dropping their first two games against Carolina, look for the Panthers to come out strong in this contest, especially captain Aleksander Barkov. Ranking second on the team in scoring with 36 points (10 goals, 26 assists), the 24-year-old center has recorded 10 goals and 13 assists over his last 20 games. In his career against the Hurricanes, he has five goals and 12 assists in 19 matchups.

TV: FSF

Radio: 560 WQAM (DADE/BROWARD); 850 WFTL (PALM BEACH); 100.3 WCTH (FLORIDA KEYS); 1370 WAXE (TREASURE COAST)

Territory on Tap Locations: HERE

MILESTONE WATCH

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

- Brian Boyle is four assists away from his 100th NHL assist.

- Jonathan Huberdeau is one game away from his 500th NHL game.

- Jonathan Huberdeau is four points away from his 400th NHL point.

- Brett Connolly is seven goals away from his 100th NHL goal.

PROSPECT SPOTLIGHT

Owen Tippett is off to a nice start in his first season since turning pro.

The 10th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, Tippett leads AHL Springfield in both goals (11) and points (23). On Dec. 13, he earned his third three-point game of the season when he registered a goal and two assists to help lift the Thunderbirds to a big 5-3 win over the Binghamton Devils.

Tweet from @ThunderbirdsAHL: First shot of the night = first goal of the night 😎 pic.twitter.com/76NqOApiDE

Over his last 15 games, the 20-year-old forward has tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists).

HOLIDAY RINK

There's nothing quite like skating outside around the holidays.

As part of Hoffman's Chocolates 29th Annual Winter Wonderland holiday display, the Panthers' annual outdoor holiday rink is currently open outside of Hoffman's Chocolates in Greenacres.

The 2,400 square foot outdoor rink officially opened on Nov. 16 and will run through Dec. 30.

If you'd like to stop by for a skate, the hours of operation for this week are as follows: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The rink will be closed on all Tuesdays, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

No skates? No problem! General admission tickets are $15 and include skate rentals. Group admission (10+ skaters) is $13, while military and first responders are $10 (valid ID required). A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold will benefit the Florida Panthers Foundation.

For more information, please visit FloridaPanthers.com/HolidayRink.

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Are you still in need of some help with last-minute shopping?

The 2019-20 Panthers Holiday Gift Guide has got you covered.

Whether you're looking to treat yourself or need to pick up some special items for others, the gift guide offers a sneak peak at all of the great things inside the team's official store, Pantherland.

From classic merchandise and memorabilia items such as official and replica jerseys, hats and jackets, to one-of-kind collaborations with stylish brands such as Mitchell & Ness and DKNY, there's no shortage of gifts and goodies that would put a smile on any Panthers fan's face.

"We have anything and everything that a Florida Panthers fan could want," said Janine Kurpiel, the team's director of retail operations. "This holiday season, Pantherland is the perfect place to find truly something unique. Our items represent the team, but also the South Florida lifestyle."

To peruse the gift guide, click HERE.

CATS CLIP OF THE WEEK

Alexandra Fazzino got her wish. Returning from a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan just in time for the holidays, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Victorio Fazzino surprised his wife and daughter at BB&T Center this past weekend.

Video: Lieutenant Fazzino's Homecoming

CATS IN THE COMMUNITY

Tweet from @FlaPanthersCARE: #FlaPanthers Owner Vinnie Viola joined @browardinfo at the United Negro College Fund Leaders scholarship event with Mayor @HolnessD9. pic.twitter.com/z2MFbfJbEq

Tweet from @MsOrtiz_MSSHS: @SpartanMagnet students enjoying a STEM field trip to the BB&T where they heard from employees in the @FlaPanthers Franchise on how their job relates to to science, technology, engineering and math. pic.twitter.com/4EjLQopNkz

Tweet from @FlaPanthersCARE: Thanks to all the #FlaPanthers fans who donated to today���s Caravan of Joy Toy Drive with @nbc6! 🎁 pic.twitter.com/bXqDT1wyAa

TERRITORY TALK

On the latest episode of the Territory Talk podcast, forward Dominic Toninato talks about growing up in Minnesota, his favorite nicknames and his goals moving forward with Florida.

COLD COFFEE (IN CASE YOU MISSED IT)

-- Let's send a Cat to captain the Atlantic Division at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis!

-- Aleksander Barkov is feeling fine after a brief injury scare this past weekend.

-- Sergei Bobrovsky has been on a roll during Florida's homestand.

-- Come celebrate the holidays at BB&T Center!

-- Approximately 6,000 local students flocked to a recent Panthers practice.

-- Jayce Hawryluk was loaned to AHL Springfield on a conditioning assignment.

-- The Panthers Special Hockey Team is the first of its kind in South Florida.

-- The 2019 Thanksgiving Tournament highlighted a growing love of hockey in Mexico.

-- The Panthers have joined TikTok!

-- Feeling nostalgic this week? Check out pieces of Panthers history in the Virtual Vault.

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