SUNRISE–After road wins at New Jersey and Brooklyn, current home of the Islanders, the Florida Panthers play a rematch with the Islanders Friday and the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday at BB&T Center.
The Panthers are 19-16-8 for 46 points entering the weekend.
The Atlantic Division Standings Top Six teams
Montreal 43 26 11 6 58
Boston 45 22 18 5 49
Ottawa 40 22 14 4 48
FLORIDA 43 19 16 8 46
Toronto 39 18 13 4 44
Tampa Bay 43 20 19 4 44
Of note here the Bruins have played two more games than the Panthers, while Ottawa has three game in hand while the Maple Leafs have four.
The only reachable wild card spot would be the second and final sport currently held by Philadelphia with a 22-16-6 record for 50 points in 44 games played.
The Panthers are still in the mix and are still in the mi without several key players out due to injury: Aleksander Barkov, Jonathon Huberdeau, Nik Bjugstad and Alex Petrovic.
Jagr among team scoring leaders
Barkov leads the Panthers with 27 points, Jonahton Marchessaul has 26 while Vincent Trocheck and Jaromir Jagr each have 25 points.
Luongo collects wins game 448 vs. Islanders
Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo won his 448th game in the 3-0 shutout Monday at New Jersey. With the win he claims fifth place in the NHL’s all time win listing . The final score of that game was a little deceptive as the Panthers added two empty net goals in the final minutes to break open what had been a close game.
Highlights of the game can be seen here from NHL.com
Expect some sort of tribute to Luongo at tonight’s game with the Islanders.
Panthers take front end of home and home
Luongo collected win 449 in a 2-1 victory over the Islanders with a 2-1 victory Wednesday night at Barclays Center
Highlights of the game from NHL.com can be seen here.
After this weekend the Panthers visit Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Arizona.
Tickets for all Panthers games can be secured at panthers.nhl.com
Trocheck Panthers lone all star
After placing Jagr, Aaron Ekblad, Barkov and desposed coach Gerald Gallant on last year’s Atlantic Division all star team, young center Vincent Trocheck will represent the team this year for his frist appearance at the mid-season celebration. . Jagr was voted captain of the Atlantic team last year even though he pleaded with fans not to vote for him. This year he finished second in voting behind Montreal goalie Carey Price in the division showing his popularity is hardly waning.
The Legend Continues…