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Rats Roundup: Dad Squad Shines, Matheson takes NY

Everything you may have missed this week in Panthers content

by Kyle Morrison /

Kickstarter idea: Get the #DadSquad on every road trip the rest of the way.

The Panthers invited the players' fathers along on the previous road trip, which they swept with a 3-0 win in New Jersey and a 2-1 win the other night at Barclays Center. Don't look now, but the Cats have won their last four road games.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Dad Squad lookin' fly (again) tonight. ��

Video: Condensed Game: Panthers @ Devils

Video: Condensed Game: Panthers @ Islanders

The Panthers hope to parlay that success into wins on home ice tonight and tomorrow. But before we look forward, let's take a look back at an eventful week in Cats content!

Trocheck named an All-Star

Vincent Trocheck has become a key cog in Tom Rowe's lineup this season - leading the team's forwards with 21:35 average TOI and 120 shots on goal - and his effort was rewarded this week, as he was named an NHL All-Star. 

The 23-year-old Pittsburgh native has 12 goals in 43 games for the Cats this year, which ties him for the team lead. He's also come through at big moments - with an overtime goal and two game-deciding shootout goals.

Video: FLA@NJD: Trocheck pots overtime winner off rebound

Video: BUF@FLA: Trocheck goes five-hole to beat Lehner in SO

We'll have full coverage of Trocheck's NHL All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on and our social media pages, so stay tuned!

Click here for full All-Star rosters. 

Matheson takes the Big Apple

Rookie defenseman Michael Matheson stopped by the NHL Store in New York this week on the team's off-day between games.

Tweet from @NHLstoreNYC: Thanks to @FlaPanthers' @mmatheson19 for visiting us today! Stay tuned for his signed jersey giveaway!

The trip wasn't just about signing jerseys and check out merchandise, though. He also swung by the NHL's league offices to learn more about the NHL/NHLPA's Core Development Program, which aims to set players up for life after hockey.

Matheson graduated from Boston College with a degree in psychology, and he intends to use that to help hockey players after his playing days are done.

"I've always thought of staying in hockey (when I retire) and using psychology with hockey," Matheson said. "I find it interesting that everyone talks so much about how it's such a mental game. We spend so much time and effort on training our body and never really on the mental side of the game. I think I'd like to take my degree and keep it involved in hockey."

Learn more about his trip - plus the charity aspect of the Core Development Program - in this piece by Mike Morreale from earlier this week


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