The New Jersey Devils will kick off a set of back-to-back games in Florida this weekend, starting with the Panthers tonight before taking on the Lightning on Saturday. Both games will have a different feel than the last time they met, featuring some familiar faces in unfamiliar places.
It's a reunion that needs no introduction, but will receive many leading up to tonight's affair between the Devils and Panthers as Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider square off once more following a trade between the Vancouver Canucks and the Panthers that brought Luongo back to the city he played five seasons in from 2000-2006.
Luongo began his second stint as a Panther on Mar. 7 with a shutout win over the Buffalo Sabres, but followed up the victory with a couple of stinkers, giving up seven goals in his last two starts
In 22 career games against the Devils, the former Canucks goaltender has nine wins, including one earlier this season while he was still in Vancouver.
The Panthers have lost four of their last five outings and have been outscored 13-7 in their last three.
Oh Scott Gomez. Silly, silly, Scott Gomez.
After seven successful seasons with the Devils in which he won two Stanley Cups and a Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year, Gomez moved on to the big flashing lights of New York City, only to find out first hand that what glitters isn't always gold.
The former first round draft pick by the Devils has one goal and eight assists this season with the Panthers and just one point in his last four since clearing waivers on March 5. His lone goal of the season came on opening night back in October.
In 23 games against the Devils, the Anchorage, Alaska native has four goals and 13 assists.
Yea, he will be there as well.
Seeing Ryan Callahan on the opponent's bench isn't that out of the ordinary for the Devils. But seeing him in a lineup next to Steven Stamkos sure is.
Having spent the last eight seasons with the New York Rangers, Callahan has met up with New Jersey on 31 occasions, tallying 10 goals and 24 points against his former rival.
The ex-Rangers captain was traded to Tampa Bay on March 5 as part of the biggest trade this season which involved Martin St. Louis leaving his post with the Lightning to go to New York City, a destination he would not let up on to his one-time general manager, Steve Yzerman.
Callahan notched his first goal as a Bolt in last night's win over the Panthers, extending his point streak to three games.