With two Atlantic Division matchups on Monday and Friday followed by an Eastern Conference showdown on Saturday, the Panthers are set for an important week of hockey as they look to move past a 5-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils.
"We play too many games to worry about yesterday's game", said Panthers coach Gerard Gallant about the team's loss to the Devils.
"We've got to come ready to play every night. We played real hard the first night (against the Tampa Bay Lightning) and showed what we can do."
The Panthers take on three teams this week including back-to-back weekend games on the road as the Panthers begin the first half of a four-game road trip this weekend.
Storylines to Watch
- Two of the three games played this week will be Atlantic Division matchups for the Panthers.
- D Willie Mitchell closes in on his 800th career games as currently sits three games shy of hitting the milestone.
- F Jussi Jokinen sits one goal away from his 150th career goal.
- D Dmitry Kulikov sits one point shy of his 100th career point.
Oct. 12 vs. Ottawa Senators (1-1-0, 10th in the East)
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All-Time Record vs. Ottawa: 30-42-3-4
All-Time Record at Home vs. Ottawa: 15-23-1-1
The Panthers play their second home game of the season against the Senators Monday night at BB&T Center, ending their two-game homestand. The divisional rivals split the season series in 2013-14 with the Panthers winning the last two matchups between the two clubs.
Know Your Opposition--Ottawa
- Former Panther and current Senator G Craig Anderson holds a 10-2-1 record and two shutouts against FLA.
- F Clarke MacArthur has posted 15 points (6-9-15) in 22 career games against FLA.
- D Erik Karlsson has posted 14 points (5-9-14) in 16 career games against FLA.
- C Kyle Turris has posted eight points (3-5-8) in 12 career games against FLA.
Cats vs. Ottawa
-D Brian Campbell has recorded 28 points (5-23-28) in 53 career games against. OTT.
- F Brad Boyes has recorded 18 points (10-8-31) in 31 career games against. OTT.
- F Tomas Fleischmann has recorded 16 points (4-12-16) in 24 career games against OTT.
- F Jussi Jokinen has posted ten points (1-9-10) in 23 career games against OTT.
- G Roberto Luongo holds an 11-11-0 record in 23 career games against OTT.
Oct. 17 at Buffalo Sabres (0-2-0, 16th in the East)
All-Time Record vs. Buffalo: 31-38-4-6
All-Time Record at Buffalo: 13-21-3-3
The stage is set for the top two picks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft to play each other for the first time in their careers as Aaron Ekblad (1st overall, FLA) faces Sam Reinhart (2nd overall, BUF). The Cats won three of their four matchups last season against the Sabres, including their final meeting (Mar. 7, 2014), which marked the homecoming of G Roberto Luongo. The veteran netminder earned a shutout in his first game back in a Panthers uniform. The Panthers own a three-game winning streak against Buffalo heading into Friday's contest.
Know Your Opposition--Buffalo
- F Brian Gionta has posted 28 points (18-10-28) in 39 career games against FLA.
- F Drew Stafford has recorded 15 points (9-6-15) in 27 career games against FLA.
- F Tyler Ennis has posted ten points (3-7-10) in 15 career games against FLA.
- F Matt Moulson has posted nine points (6-3-9) in 17 career games against FLA.
Cats v. Buffalo
- Former Sabre and current Panther D Brian Campbell has recorded seven points (2-5-7) in 13 career games against BUF.
- Former Sabre and current Panther F Brad Boyes has recorded 15 points (4-11-15) in 26 career games against BUF.
- G Roberto Luongo owns a 10-6-0 record and three shutouts in 19 career games against BUF.
- F Jonathan Huberdeau has recorded four points (1-3-4) in seven career games against BUF.
- G Al Montoya owns a 3-0-1 record with a shutout in four career games against BUF.
Oct. 18 at Washington Capitals (1-0-1, 6th in the East)
All-Time Record vs. Washington: 44-50-9-8
All-Time Record at Washington: 19-28-5-3
Two teams that made significant moves in the offseason face off on Saturday night when the Panthers take on the Capitals. Both teams added new players via free agency as well as new head coaches. The Panthers have had trouble in Washington over the years, winning their last game in the nation's capital on Dec. 12, 2010. The Panthers will look to change their fortunes against the Captials, now helmed by coach Barry Trotz, in this back-to-back contest.
Know Your Opposition--Washington
- F Alex Ovechkin has posted 64 points (31-33-64) in 49 career games against FLA.
- C Nicklas Backstrom has posted 41 points (9-32-41) in 36 career games against FLA.
- G Braden Holtby owns a 6-0-0 record and a shutout in 6 career games against FLA.
Cats Vs Washington
- D Brian Campbell has recorded 21 points (4-17-21) in 37 career games against WSH.
- F Jussi Jokinen has posted 25 points (12-13-25) in 33 career games against WSH.
- Former Capital and current Panther F Tomas Fleischmann has recorded eight points (4-4-8) in 14 career games against WSH.
- G Roberto Luongo owns a 19-10-0 record and two shutouts in 34 career games against WSH.
- F Jonathan Huberdeau has posted five points (2-3-5) in seven career games against WSH.