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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.

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.

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