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Florida Panthers look to end two game skid against Devils

The Florida Panthers look to end a two game losing streak with a game against the New Jersey Devils. Coming off a three game home stand that saw them 1-2, the Panthers look to right the ship on a brief two-game road trip against the Devils and then tomorrow night against the New York Islanders.

For a preview from the Devils’ perspective, here is the preview from Pucks and Pitchforks

The Rundown

New Jersey Florida
31-28-15 Record 27-40-8
77 Points 62
2.4 G/G 2.28
2.46 GA/G 3.17
19.9 PP% 10
86.9 PK% 75.2

This is the third and final meeting between the Panthers and Devils, with each team splitting games – the home team winning in both instances. Dan Ellis is still looking for his first win as a Panther will get the nod tonight as he faces Martin Brodeur, the Devils’ long time goaltender.

Vincent Trocheck scored his first NHL goal in the team’s last meeting, a 5-3 victory that saw Florida score four consecutive goals on their way to the victory. In the first matchup, it was a Marek Zidlicky goal with three seconds left in overtime that sealed the win for the Devils.

Goalie Matchup

Dan Ellis (w/FLA) Martin Brodeur
0-3 Record 17-14-5
4.42 GAA 2.49
0.849 SV % 0.903

Player Spotlight

Scott Gomez

Gomez won the Stanley Cup twice and played in 548-regular season games with the Devils. He also won the Calder Trophy for being the league’s top rookie. In his time with New Jersey, Gomez became one of the most prolific scorers to play for the Devils, as he owns the sixth most assist and seventh most points in franchise history.

He also came through when it mattered most, owning the third most playoff points in franchise history. He has come a long way since that time, but has reformed his game as a fourth line center. He was a healthy scratch in the team’s first meeting this season, and recorded an assist on Quinton Howden’s goal in their last contest.

His last goal against his old team was in February of 2010 when he was with the Canadiens. The last time he played in New Jersey was also February but of 2012.

Players to Watch

Brad Boyes

Boyes got his first point (a goal) since – they played the Devils – and scored two points, a goal and an assist. The goal was the game tying goal and he assisted on the game winner. Boyes hasn’t done much since he signed a two-year contract extension right around the deadline, only scoring two goals in that span.

Jaromir Jagr

The ageless wonder, Jagr is leading the Devils in scoring at the young age of 42-years old. He has also shredded the Panthers in his career, scoring 33-goals and totaling 67-points in 59-games. Jagr is that big bodied skilled veteran that the Panthers could/should go after in the offseason as a bridge for some of the younger players in the system.

The Panthers will get some national attention tonight, as the game will be broadcasted on NBC Sports Network, and the game will start at 7:30 pm ET.

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