Florida will be hosting the Calgary Flames at Bank Atlantic Centre tonight in the only meeting this season between the two clubs. Florida has gone a 6-2-5 home record this season while the Flames are 6-9-0 away from Calgary. Florida will be playing the second game of a four game homestand. They went to overtime before handing the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 shootout decision on Tuesday night, and go on the play the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon before closing out the homestand on Tuesday night against the Phoenix Coyotes. The Flames are playing their second road game in Florida in as many nights, and are playing their third game of a four game road trip. They lost 2-1 to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night, lost 5-4 in overtime to the Tampa Bay Lightning last night, and finish up against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.
The Panthers shut out the Flames, 3-0 in Calgary the last time the two teams met, on October 14, 2010. Both teams left the matchup with 1-2-0 records. Radek Dvorak scored his first two goals of the season in the first period for Florida and Shawn Matthias added his seasons first goal in the third. Tomas Vokoun stopped all 27 shots in the shutout.
Panthers @ Flames 10/14/10 (via NHLVideo)
In Florida's last game, the Panthers lost to the New Jersey Devils, 3-2 in a shootout. Kris Versteeg scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season and Jose Theodore stopped 32 of 34 shots to get the Cats their point. It was Florida's third consecutive loss. Luckily, the Panthers managed to bring home a point in two of the three losses to retain their Southeast Division lead over the Winnepeg Jets by six points.
Calgary center Olli Jokinen is fourth all-time with 567 games played in Florida. In seven seasons, he scored 188 goals and a Florida franchise record 231 assists and 419 points. He had a minus-58 rating and 607 penalty minutes.
Calgary defenseman Jay Bouwmeester played in 471 games over six seasons with the Panthers. He scored 53 goals and 150 assists with a minus-27 rating and 329 penalty minutes.
Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg - 18
Kris Versteeg - 33
Stephen Weiss -31
Tomas Fleischmann - 30
Stephen Weiss - plus-18
Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg - plus-17