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Rats Roundup- 1/22/16

by Kyle Morrison / Florida Panthers

Big weekend for the Panthers, with back-to-back home games against last year’s Stanley Cup finalists. The weekend kicks off tonight at 7:30 against the Chicago Blackhawks, last year’s champions, leading into a Saturday night matchup against Florida’s west-coasters, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

So, while there’s a lot to look forward to this weekend, here’s your chance to look back and see what you may have missed during the week.

The biggest news comes from yesterday’s notebook, as Aaron Ekblad is expected to return to the lineup tonight. The 19-year-old defenseman has missed the last four games after taking a hit from Edmonton forward Matt Hendricks.

And that’s not the only newsworthy item from yesterday’s notebook – click the link above to read about Aleksander Barkov’s guest this week, 12-year-old Aleksi Soini.

Nick Bjugstad once again contributed to with the return of Bjugy’s Blog. This week, the 23-year-old center talked about his return to the lineup after dealing with migraines, plus he took some questions from Panther fans on Twitter.

While Bjugstad dabbled in longform, his teammate Vincent Trocheck was doing his thing 140 characters at a time, taking over the official Panthers Twitter for #AskTroch.

You can read all of his replies from yesterday's Q&A here.

Doug Plagens, the radio voice of the Florida Panthers, went in-depth this week for Plagens' Points. He does it all – hitting on everything from in-depth statistical analysis to his favorite sights on the team’s Western Canada road trip.

The Panthers also announced Panther Conservation Night, teaming up with local conservationists. By purchasing a ticket to Saturday’s game against the lightning, a portion of the proceeds go towards helping local efforts to preserve the panther population in Florida.

Photo of the Week

Florida Panthers Executive Chairman Peter Luukko stood out during Monday’s game, rocking a one-of-a-kind red suit. Click here to learn the story behind Luukko’s fashion statement.

Tweet of the Week

The traditional stand-up goalie is a pretty rare sight nowadays, but BB&T Center patrons got to see one in action during the first intermission of Monday’s game. NBC6 sports anchor Adam Kuperstein threw on his goalie gear and made some nice saves against local youth hockey players. While he was in the building, he and colleague Kelly Blanco made a new friend – mascot Stanley C. Panther.

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