Preview: Florida at Calgary

When: 9:00 PM  ET, Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Matchup Edge
FLA Edge in: CAL
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The Florida Panthers are bolstering their spirited push toward the postseason by finding success on the road. The Panthers vie for their fifth consecutive victory away from home on Tuesday when they open a four-game road trip against the Calgary Flames.

"We have to stay in the fight here," Florida interim coach Tom Rowe told the Miami Herald. "We're trying to catch that eighth spot (in the Eastern Conference) so every point is going to be huge." The Panthers have won three of four overall heading into a date with Calgary, which flustered Florida to the tune of a 6-0 shellacking in the teams' last meeting at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Sam Bennett recorded a first-period hat trick in that contest on Jan. 13, but has been held off the scoresheet in each of his last nine games. Calgary's sputtering offense is singing a similar tune with just five goals in its last four contests (1-2-1) - including Sean Monahan's tally in a 2-1 shootout loss to provincial rival Edmonton on Saturday.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, NHL.TV, FSN Florida, Sportsnet West (Calgary)

ABOUT THE PANTHERS (20-17-8): Florida's lone All-Star representative Vincent Trocheck (team-leading 14 goals, 29 points) is proving he belongs in the NHL's showcase event. The 23-year-old collected a goal and an assist in his second straight contest in Saturday's 4-3 victory over Columbus, raising his point total to 13 (six goals, seven assists) in his last 10 games. "There was a part of (last) season I thought he was our best player and it was a smart decision from management to sign him for long term," veteran Jaromir Jagr of Trocheck, who has seen the Panthers post a 15-2-5 mark in games that he has recorded at least one point.

ABOUT THE FLAMES (23-20-3): Monahan has answered an 11-game goalless drought by scoring in back-to-back contests to match fellow center Mikael Backlund for the team lead in tallies (12). The 27-year-old Backlund, who also leads the club with 29 points, has been held off the scoresheet in back-to-back outings and four of his last five after erupting for 11 (six goals, five assists) in his previous six. Rookie Matthew Tkachuk has been limited to just one shot on goal in each of his last two outings on the heels of recording 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in his previous 11 games.

OVERTIME

1. Calgary G Chad Johnson has yielded just seven goals in his last four outings, but only has a 2-2-0 mark to show for it.

2. Jagr has six points (two goals, four assists) in his last eight games.

3. The Flames have won five of seven encounters versus Atlantic Division representatives this season.

PREDICTION: Panthers 2, Flames 1

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Florida 20-17-3-5 W1 11-9-1-2 9-8-2-3 1-1-0-0 19-16-3-5 7-7-2-3
Calgary 23-20-1-2 L2 12-11-0-0 11-9-1-2 0-0-0-0 23-20-1-2 9-7-0-2

Last Meeting

Florida Calgary
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
1/13/16 FLA 0 CAL 6 15 30 0-2 36 15 0-2

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
FLA S. Acolatse 0
CAL S. Bennett 4
Goals Player  
FLA S. Acolatse 0
CAL S. Bennett 4
Assists Player  
FLA S. Acolatse 0
CAL D. Hamilton 2
Saves Player  
FLA A. Montoya 19
CAL J. Hiller 15
Season
Total Points Player  
FLA V. Trocheck 29
CAL M. Backlund 29
Goals Player  
FLA V. Trocheck 14
CAL M. Backlund 12
Assists Player  
FLA J. Jagr 19
CAL D. Hamilton 20
Saves Player  
FLA R. Luongo 827
CAL C. Johnson 701

Quickchart Matchup

Florida Off vs  Calgary Def
2.29 GF
2.67 GA
31.7 Shots
28.4 Shots
23 PP
32 PK
Calgary Off vs  Florida Def
2.54 GF
2.6 GA
28.9 Shots
31.3 Shots
30 PP
21 PK

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Florida Overall Calgary
20-17-3-5 W/L 23-20-1-2
20-25 ATS 23-23
18-21 O/U 17-23
2.29 Goals For 2.54
2.60 Goals Agnst 2.67
Florida A/H Calgary
9-8-2-3 W/L 12-11-0-0
15-7 ATS 10-13
8-10 O/U 10-9
2.27 Goals For 3.00
2.50 Goals Agnst 2.78