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Game 72: Quick BB&T pit stop before difficult roadie

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Detroit Red Wings (35-25-11 81P) at Florida Panthers (40-22-9 89P)

  • WHEN: 7:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 6:30ish
  • WHERE: BB&T Center - Outletsville, FL

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  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 4 of 4 (2-1-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs DET: 12W-14L-5T 2OTL 1SOL 87GF 106GA
  • ALL-TIME at FLA: 5W-9L-2T 2OTL 0SOL 45GF 54GA
  • LAST FIVE vs DET: 3-2-0 15GF 13GA
  • LAST GAME vs DET FLA 0 at DET 3 (Todd's Recap) - 02/08/2016

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  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Luongo (30-17-6 2.34/.922 4SO), Howard (9-10-5 2.75/.910 1SO)
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs DET (regular season): 39GP 12G-24A 36P 0GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: FloridaDetroit

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NHL.com Preview:

The Panthers had a three-point lead on the Boston Bruins for first place in the Atlantic Division entering Friday, when Boston played at the Anaheim (and lost!). "It's exciting right now to be a part of this club, the potential that it has," goalie Roberto Luongo told the Miami Herald. "We're just trying to stay in the moment right now, get ready and accumulate as many points as we can and clinch a playoff spot." Luongo, who made 32 saves in a 4-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, has started five of the past six games. (More)

Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov dropped by NHL Tonight after the Leafs game and had this to say.

Yahoo.com Preview:

Petr Mrazek made 23 saves to blank Florida 3-0 in the most recent matchup Feb. 8, but he fell ill and sat out Detroit's 3-1 win over Columbus on Thursday. Jimmy Howard stopped 27 shots, and he could be in net for this one if Mrazek isn't ready to go. "We can enjoy the flight down to Florida and then we've got to forget about it and get ready for the Panthers," Howard said. "They're ahead of us in the standings and we're scratching and clawing for points here and we're going to need to build off of this." (More)

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Last game for the Cats: 4-1 win at Toronto on Thursday. Past five: 4-1-0 21GF 11GA (streak: 2W)

Last game for the Wings: 3-1 win at Columbus on Thursday. Past five: 3-2-0 12GF 9GA (streak: 1W)

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

  • BUFFALO (29-33-10 68P) at TORONTO (24-35-11 59P), 7:00
  • MONTREAL (33-32-6 72P) at OTTAWA (33-31-8 74P), 7:00
  • TAMPA BAY (40-26-5 85P) at Arizona (31-32-7), 10:00
  • BOSTON (39-25-8 86P) at Los Angeles (43-22-5 91P), 10:30

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