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Rats Roundup: NHL All-Star returns to BB&T, Huberdeau Shines in St. Louis

by Veronica Behonick / @herees_ronnie / FloridaPanthers.com

Good morning and welcome to the latest edition of Rats Roundup!

The NHL All-Star Game is headed to BB&T Center, Jonathan Huberdeau impressed at his first NHL All-Star Weekend, and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!

THE NHL'S BEST ARE HEADED TO SOUTH FLORIDA

On Friday, the National Hockey League announced that the 2021 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend will be held at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on Jan. 29 and 30, 2021.

Next year's Honda NHL All-Star Weekend will include the Honda NHL All-Star Game and the Honda NHL All-Star Skills competition, as well as entertainment for fans and so much more!

The All-Star Skills Competition will take place on Jan. 29 followed by the All-Star Game on Jan. 30.

Video: Gary Bettman Announces 2021 NHL All-Star Weekend

This marks the second time that the NHL All-Star Game has visited South Florida and BB&T Center, having previously hosted the NHL All-Star Game in 2003.

Video: 2021 NHL All-Star Weekend heads to South Florida

"The All-Star Game is an event that has the world's eyes," said Senior Vice President Shawn Thornton. "Under the ownership and leadership of Vincent J. Viola and Douglas A. Cifu since 2013, I've seen first-hand as a player and an executive how the South Florida hockey community and this franchise have grown and become permanently fixed in Broward County. This event is a chance for the community, league and Panthers hockey fans to celebrate together."

Fans interested in learning more about when tickets become available can indicate their interest HEREand can call 954-835-PUCK (7825) for information on how to join Panthers Territory.

HUBY IN ST. LOUIS

Making his first-ever trip to the league's annual best-on-best event, Jonathan Huberdeau registered a goal and an assist for the Atlantic Division in a 5-4 loss to the Pacific Division in the championship tilt of the 2020 NHL All-Star Game at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Saturday.

"It was cool," said Huberdeau, who leads the Panthers with 65 points (18 goals, 47 assists). "A lot of guys were trying being creative out there. You can see how much skill they all have. It's nice to be out there with them and see that in real life. I had a really good time this weekend."

In the semifinal, Huberdeau came up big for the Atlantic Division when he took a between-the-legs pass from Ottawa's Brady Tkachuk before scoring from the low slot to tie the game 5-5 near the midway point of the second half of an eventual 9-5 win over the Metropolitan Division.

Video: MET@ATL: Tkachuk sets up Huberdeau's game-tying goal

"The first game I was a little nervous out there, but I thought it was pretty good," Huberdeau said of his experience in the semifinal. "I thought it was good, a big win and nice to get to the final."

As for his first goal of the night, the 26-year-old said he benefited from a "good bounce."

"It came to me in front of the net," he said. "I just tried to go as quick as I can."

Video: 2020 All-Star Game Reaction: Huberdeau

The Pacific Division came roaring back, going on to net four goals in the second half to win 5-4.

To read more on Huby's performance, click HERE.

Check out the Panther Postcard detailing his experience HERE.

GOOD GAMES MEAN GOOD TUNES

The cat's out of the bag - the Florida Panthers have a new victory song.

"Frankie picked it out of nowhere," Trocheck recently told FloridaPanthers.com, referring to fellow Panthers forward Frank Vatrano. "It gets the people going. It's been the go-to song for us lately."

"It was a group decision, and everyone likes it," Vatrano said. "I know (Trocheck) didn't like it at first, but it's grown on him. Winning in this league isn't easy, so when you do you've got to enjoy yourself. It's good to have guys enjoy the music."

Coming out of the break looking to build upon their season-high, six-game winning streak, the Panthers have certainly been celebrating a lot lately.

To read more about the team's new anthem, click HERE.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

The Cats look to continue their success on the road as they head into this week's important divisional matchups. Join us this Saturday at Bo's Beach in Fort Lauderdale for another watch party as your Panthers take on the Montreal Canadiens for a 2:00 pm matinee game at Bell Centre.

To check out all the Territory on Tap bars and learn more about upcoming watch parties, go to FloridaPanthers.com/TerritoryonTap.

The Panthers then make stops in Toronto and Columbus - capping off three games in four days - before returning home to play the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday, February 6.

Stay tuned for game previews, highlights, and 5 Takeaways on FloridaPanthers.com.

TERRITORY TALK: NHL.COM NICK COTSONIKA TALKS PANTHERS PLAYOFF PUSH

On this week's episode of the Territory Talk podcast, NHL.com columnist Nick Cotsonika joins the show to talk about the Panthers' push toward the playoffs, the All-Star Game's impending return to South Florida and much more! Also, hosts Jameson Olive and Katie Gaus take a look at how some interesting decisions have paid off for the Panthers and what the team will need to do in order to stay on track heading into the second half of the season.

Catch up on all the episodes of Territory Talk HERE.

QUICK HITTERS

- Jonathan Huberdeau was named the best Quebec-born active NHL player by RDS

- Defensemen Riley Stillman and Goaltender Sam Montembeault Have Been Recalled from Springfield (AHL)

- Players across the NHL took some time off during the All-Star Break - check out how Troch spent his off time: 

- Frank Vatrano paid a visit to the Springfield Thunderbirds! He dropped the puck ahead of the T-Bird's matchup against their divisional opponent, the Hershey Bears.

Tweet from @ThunderbirdsAHL: Here are your #TopShots presented by @DunkinWMA from a star studded weekend at the Thunderdome! pic.twitter.com/Ay23fvosfP

- Florida Panthers Alumni Association has awarded more than $3,000 in total to six youth hockey players. 

- Relive all the exciting Panthers hockey action from January with the Ultimate Plays of the Month, presented by Ultimate Software:

Video: Ultimate Plays of the Month - January 2020

- Want to surprise your sweetie this Valentine's Day? There's still time to enter the Double Date Sweepstakes for your chance to win! 

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