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So far, so good: Cats head for Disneyland on 2-game win streak in match number three of Western roadie

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Florida Panthers Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers (25-20-10 60P) at Ducks (30-18-10 70P)

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  • WHEN: 10 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 9:30ish
  • WHERE: Honda Center - Anaheim, CA
  • ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, Prime, SN1
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM, 640 WMEN
  • GOODIES: Super Hero Night Feb 22! Faith and Family/UCF/Hockey ‘n Heels Night Feb 24! NHL Centennial Fan Arena on March 2/3/4!
  • SOCIALS: #FlaPanthers, #NHLDucks, #FLAvsANA, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Anaheim Calling, Battle of California
  • SB NATION: Game Feature Hub
  • BACK-TO-BACK? (FLA/ANA): Back/None
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 2 of 2 (1-0)
  • ALL-TIME vs ANA (RS): 14W-11L-3T 1OTL 1SOL 85GF 80GA
  • ALL-TIME at ANA: 7W-5L-1T 1OTL 1SOL 46GF 45GA
  • LAST FIVE vs ANA (RS): 3-1-1 17GF 11GA
  • LAST MEETING: FLA 2 - ANA 1 (REG) at Sunrise (Todd’s Recap) - 02/03/2017
  • NEXT MEETING (RS): 2017-18 season
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Reimer (10-6-4 .915/2.55 0SO) vs Gibson (22-14-8 .921/2.30 4SO)
  • TALE OF THE TAPE via Left Wing Lock
  • JAGR WATCH: All-time vs ANA (RS): 27GP 16G-16A 32P +/- 0 4GWG
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Anaheim

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Scouting Report:

The Florida Panthers will continue their quest to enhance their playoff chances at the expense of the Western Conference's contenders on Friday night against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center.

The Panthers will spend most of February facing the Western Conference. They won three of their past four against the West, including a 6-5 overtime victory on Wednesday night over the San Jose Sharks.

Florida enters the game in Anaheim just three points out of the Eastern Conference's final wild-card berth after winning five of six games.

The Ducks, who trail the first-place Sharks by four points in the Pacific Division, could be without center Antoine Vermette for the next 10 games.

Vermette, one of the NHL's best at winning faceoffs, was suspended Thursday for slashing linesman Shandor Alphonso's legs while waiting for a faceoff in Tuesday night's 1-0 win against the Minnesota Wild. The 13-year veteran, who had never previously been suspended or fined, will appeal. (More from AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Last action from the Cats: 6-5 (OT) victory in San Jose on Wednesday. Past five: 4-1-0 (streak: 2W)

Last action from the Fowl: 1-0 (REG) win in Minnesota Tuesday. Past five: 2-2-1 (streak: 1W)

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

  • None
  • Idle: MTL (70P), OTW (66P), BOS (64P), TOR (63P), BUF (60P), TB (57P), DET (54P)

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