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Game 51: After eight days away, division-leading Panthers return to Sunrise with four-game win streak on the line against Atlantic foe Detroit

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Detroit Red Wings (25-17-8 58P) at Florida Panthers (30-15-5 65P)

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  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 2 of 4 (1-0-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs DET: 11W-14L-5T 2OTL 1SOL 81GF 100GA
  • ALL-TIME at FLA: 4W-9L-2T 2OTL 0SOL 39GF 51GA
  • LAST FIVE vs DET: 4-1-0 16GF 12GA

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  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Luongo (22-13-4 .930/2.08 4SO), Howard (7-7-4 .908/2.76 1SO)
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs DET (regular season): 37GP 11G-22A 33P 0GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: FloridaDetroit

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Notable:

F Jaromir Jagr is expected to play after leaving Tuesday's game (lower-body tightness) with about 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Reportedly, Jagr could have returned against the Caps if needed...D Willie Mitchell is still out, and it's likely F Brandon Pirri (healthy) will sit as well..."By killing off all eight penalties incurred on Tuesday, Florida’s penalty kill jumped from eighth to fifth in the league" (Miami Herald)...G Roberto Luongo is 15-14-5 (2.84/.918) with no shutouts in 35 career appearances vs the Red Wings...per @GeorgeMalik via Twitter, the Bolts were 2-for-3 on the power play in 3:21 vs Detroit last night, which Malik dubs a "telling stat" for the Wings...Rookie F Dylan Larson is currently tied with F Henrik Zetterberg for the team lead in points with 33, and holds the overall lead in goals (15).

NHL.com Preview: Detroit will play its second game in as many nights following a 3-1 loss at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. Jimmy Howard will likely start in goal after Petr Mrazek made 20 saves against the Lightning. (More)

Yahoo.com Preview: Florida has beaten the Red Wings in four of the last five meetings, including a 2-1 overtime win at Detroit on Nov. 29. Roberto Luongo made 28 saves and Brian Campbell scored the game-winner in the extra period. That victory came during the tail end of Florida's poor offensive start to the season, which saw it struggle to a 2.43 goals per game mark through Dec. 12 - eighth lowest in the league. Since, the Panthers are third with a 3.10 average. (More)

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Last game for the Cats: 5-2 smashing of the Caps in DC Tuesday. Past five: 4-1-0 21GF 9GA (streak: 4W)

Last game for the Wings: 3-1 loss at Tampa Bay a night ago. Past five: 2-3-0 12GF 11GA (streak: 1L)

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Tuesday in the Atlantic Division (Standings / Panthers Playoff Chances):

  • BOSTON (26-18-6 58P) at BUFFALO (21-26-4 46P), 7:00
  • New Jersey (26-20-5 57P) at TORONTO (18-22-9 47P), 7:30
  • Edmonton (20-26-5 45P) at OTTAWA (23-22-6 52P), 7:30
  • Idle: TBL (60P), MTL (52P)

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Panthers, SoFla Media & Loyal Opposition on the Tweets

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