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 turning a negative into a positive.
Despite not being able to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this season due to the coronavirus, the organization has put some of the resources it had prepared for the annual game to good use.
In an effort to aid local charities supporting those that have been impacted by COVID-19, the Panthers are currently selling signed St. Patrick's Day-themed mystery pucks that would have originally been made available during their March 14 matchup against the New Jersey Devils.
For just a $40 donation, fans will receive a festive puck (photos in the link!) signed by a random current Panther such as Aleksander Barkov, Frank Vatrano, Mike Hoffman or Sergei Bobrovsky.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Florida Panthers Foundation.
To purchase a puck, click HERE.
RE-LIVE THE ACTION
The Panthers can still be found on FOX Sports Florida.
For the next several weeks, the network will be re-airing some of the best games from the 2019-20 season (thus far!). In order to add some new flavor some these old favorites, each game will also come with new commentary on social media for fans to interact with during each broadcast.
On Sunday, Jessica Blaylock kicked off this new series by taking control of the @FOXPanthers account on Twitter and commentating on Florida's big 4-3 overtime win at Colorado on Oct. 30.
With two more games on the docket for this week, fans can check out the broadcast schedule below. Next to each game, you will also find that night's special guest tweeter in parentheses.
- March 24 at 8 p.m. ET: Panthers erase four-goal deficit to beat Bruins. (Steve Goldstein)
- March 26 at 8 p.m. ET: Aaron Ekblad shines in comeback win over Ducks. (Jessica Blaylock)
Make sure to check "Cats & Coffee" each week to see what games are coming up next!
BEST SAVES AND GOALS
Speaking of re-living some good times, we did a lot of that on FloridaPanthers.com last week.
With the 2019-20 season on pause, now seemed like the perfect time to look back at some of the best goals and saves that we saw during Florida's first 69 games (spoiler: there were a lot!).
In addition to clips, each of the moments is also accompanied by some quotes and notes.
Video: Best Goals of 2019-20 So Far
The top goals can be found HERE, while the top saves are HERE.
EKBLAD ANSWERS YOUR Q'S
We learned a lot while scrolling through Aaron Ekblad's mailbag back in January.
Taking time to answer a wide variety of questions submitted by fans, the Panthers defenseman touched on a little bit of everything, including who he drives to the arena with during the season.
"I go with Huby [Jonathan Huberdeau] to practice and with Yands [Keith Yandle] to games," Ekblad said when asked about his carpooling preferences. "We alternate between who drives. A lot of times we just listen to music on those drives, but sometimes we also like to talk shop."
To read all of Ekblad's answers, you can check out the full mailbag HERE.
LUDVIG LOOKING GOOD
The Panthers appear to have found a gem in John Ludvig.
Selected in the third-round (69th overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft, the 19-year-old was one of the top-defensemen in the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season, setting new career-highs in goals (17) assists (45) and points (62) while manning the blue line for the Portland Winterhawks.
And shortly after being named the WHL's "Player of the Week" back in February, Ludvig chatted with FloridaPanthers.com about his breakout campaign, his offseason training and much more.
"It's definitely something that I wanted to work on this season, my offensive side of the game," Ludvig said. "But, like I said before, we have a great team this year. I'm just getting open, and guys are getting open for me. They're making everything really easy on me back there."
For the full Q&A with Ludvig, click HERE.
GOOD TIMES ON TERRITORY TALK
There were more than a few laughs on this past week's episode of Territory Talk.
From picking which three members of the Panthers they'd trust to help them get off a desert island to sharing tips for breaking into the world of sports, Doug Plagens, Jameson Olive and Jessica Blaylock managed to have some fun despite there being no hockey games to speak of.
LISTEN TO LU!
While his Twitter account has traditionally been used to generate laughs, Roberto Luongo took to social media on Sunday to share some very helpful tips on how to flatten COVID-19's curve.
"I know it's hard right now and it's not easy, but I think if we all do these things and take it really seriously we can all get through this together," he said the video, which you can find in the tweet below. "I'm hoping to see you guys on the other side of this and we can have a big celebration."
We're not the only ones talking about the Panthers right now.
As part of their "snapshot" series, the crew over at NHL.com penned a few articles on the Cats.
These quick hitters include:
- Fantasy Honors
- Memorable Moments