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Panthers hope to sustain momentum vs. Maple Leafs

Florida (23-18-8) at Toronto (19-23-8) 7:30 p.m. EST

TORONTO (Ticker) — Coming off their best month of the season,
the Florida Panthers begin February looking to sustain their
recent momentum.

That all starts on Tuesday, as the Panthers continue a four-game
road trip against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Panthers were 7-2-3 in January, pulling to within one point
of the final playoff spot in the process. The franchise hasn’t
advanced to the postseason since the 1999-2000 campaign, when it
was swept in the first round by the eventual champion New Jersey
Devils.

Toronto is on a playoff drought of its own – the club has not
made the postseason since 2003-04 and are facing long odds to
snap that trend as they are 11th in the Eastern Conference
standings.

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As they get set to face one of the league’s hottest teams,
they’re going to be need a much better showing than the last
time the two clubs met.

In a January 6 meeting in Toronto, the Panthers jumped out in
front early as Stephen Weiss and Ville Peltonen registered
first-period tallies. Michael Frolik added a goal in the second
and the Panthers hung on. That game was part of an eight-game
stretch in which Florida registered at least one point, going
5-0-3 during that span.