PANTHERS (5-12-4) CANUCKS (11-8-3)
TV: FS-F, SNET-P
Last 10: Florida 2-5-3; Vancouver 4-4-2
Season series: This will be the first of two meetings between the Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks, with the second one set for March 16 in Florida. Their previous meeting was a 2-1 Panthers win in January 2012; the last game in Vancouver was a 2-1 Canucks win 2010.
Big story: The Canucks are looking for some offense, entering the game on a four-game winless skid (0-3-1) and having scored one goal in each game. Florida has won two of three for the first time this season, and those wins came against the Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche, two of the top teams in the Western Conference. The Panthers are 2-8-1 on the road.
Panthers: The Panthers earned a 4-1 win against the Avalanche on Saturday, getting goals from four different players. It was the most goals they had scored since a 6-3 win Oct. 11 against the Penguins.
"We made a commitment that we were going to change things around. Although it hasn't happened overnight, we're headed in the right direction and that's what you see happening on the ice right now," said goalie Tim Thomas, who had 32 saves in the win.
Florida did not trail after Brad Boyes scored midway through the first period, as they had leads of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-1.
"The best thing is we got off to a better start. Coach [Peter Horachek] emphasizes that," defenseman Brian Campbell said. "It's nice playing that way, working hard for each other and making sure we're getting pucks out. It's nice playing with a lead. It's a good feeling and that's what you want all the time."
Canucks: Vancouver outshot the Dallas Stars 43-23 but ended up on the losing end of a 2-1 game Sunday.
"I thought our team played hard," Canucks coach John Tortorella said. "Again, it's another 20-scoring chance night. We just need to stay within ourselves and keep on playing and not get frustrated and not let it get to us."
The Canucks, who are averaging 32.6 shots per game, have had 35 or more in each of the past three games but it hasn’t translated into success.
"We've got to start burying those chances," forward Ryan Kesler said. "Really, enough is enough. We have to bear down and not get frustrated but we have to capitalize. That's on us."
Who's hot: Scottie Upshall has recorded multiple-point games in two of his past three games for the Panthers. … Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa has a point on three of the team's four goals in their past four games.
Injury report: Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski is out with a hip injury. Forward Scott Gomez is questionable with a groin injury. … The Canucks will be without forwards Jordan Schroeder (ankle) and Dale Weise (lower body), who are both on IR.
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