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3/25/15: The Florida Panthers have been on the edge of playoff contention throughout the season, which is a remarkable improvement over their miserable 2013-14 campaign. First overall pick Aaron Ekblad has been better than promised this season and a very real candidate for Rookie of the Year honors. However, it looks like the Panthers are simply running out of time. It is not that they are playing poorly - a solid 6-3-1 in their last 10 - it is more that the Ottawa Senators found a rookie goalie who has caught lightning in a bottle, and the Senators are playing just a bit better.
3/18/15: The Florida Panthers still have a chance to make the NHL playoffs this season, though they will need a good winning streak and some help to get there. Many thought that their season ended when both their goalies (including Roberto Luongo) were injured over a week ago. However, veteran journeyman Dan Ellis has stepped in with a few strong performances. He earned a 2-0 shutout over the Carolina Hurricanes last weekend to keep the Panthers in the chase. Florida hosts the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday and the Boston Bruins on Saturday before heading out on another road trip.
3/11/15: NHL teams rarely carry three goalies on the roster because it is rare to need three goalies in a game and it takes up another roster spot. But sometimes three goalies are needed, like what happened to the Florida Panthers last week. Roberto Luongo started the game, but took a puck off his back shoulder and was forced to leave. He showered and got in his street clothes. Backup Al Montoya stepped in, and promptly got injured. He stayed in the game while Luongo got suited up again. Luongo re-entered the game, but was not the same. Florida lost that game against Toronto 3-2, but give credit to both goalies for toughing out injuries. The Panthers recalled Dan Ellis from the minors after the game.
3/4/15: The Florida Panthers dodged a bullet last week when the NHL decided not to discipline defenseman Alex Petrovic for his hit on Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane. Petrovic shoved Kane (and his momentum) head-first into the boards last week, leaving the All Star injured and possibly out for a few weeks. It is another example of the inconsistent discipline being meted out by the NHL lately. One could argue that the shove could deserve a multi-game suspension based on other recent punishments. As it stands, Petrovic and the Panthers got off with just a two minute minor. In other news, the Panthers traded for future hall of famer Jaromir Jagr.
2/25/15: Believe it or not, the Florida Panthers have a realistic shot to make the playoffs. The Panthers have been playing decently lately: 5-3-2 in their last 10 games, while the team they are chasing, the Boston Bruins have been terrible at 3-5-2. This has brought the Panthers to only a point back in the standings with less than 25 games to go. Florida is a bit of a surprise this season and the quick development of number one overall pick Aaron Ekblad is certainly a positive factor. In any case, it is time for Miami residents to pay attention to the Panthers and support them on their playoff push.
2/18/15: The Florida Panthers are likely to lose defenseman Dmitry Kulikov for a few games due to suspension. Kulikov caught Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin with a hip check in open ice last Friday, injuring the star forward for an estimated 3-6 weeks. Kulikov was assessed a five minute major for clipping with an automatic game misconduct, and has been invited for an in-person hearing by the NHL. That usually means a suspension of five games or more. Many have called it a dirty play, but others could argue that it was a textbook hip check and caught Seguin with his head down. Hip checks are not illegal, but can be very vicious.
2/11/15: Boston fell on the road to the New York Rangers last Friday, but overall, they have been one of the hotter teams in the NHL. With a 7-2-1 record over their last 10 games, the Bruins have moved from mediocre to playoff team and currently hold the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins have been strong at home, but only are 11-10-3 on the road. So of course that means they have a west coast road trip coming up. They are in Vancouver on Friday and Calgary on Monday. Those are two good teams that are likely to make the playoffs, so they cannot be taken lightly.
2/5/15: At long last, the Florida Panthers have almost caught up to the rest of the league in games played, which give everyone a better idea of what type of team they have. As it turns out, they are a good, not great team. A team that, when they finally and completely catch up to everyone else in games played, is likely to be a bubble playoff team. The Panthers still have problems scoring goals at less than 2.5 per game, but do play some pretty good defense. They are at home this weekend to host reigning Stanley Cup Champions Los Angeles on Thursday and Central Division leader Nashville on Sunday.
1/28/15: The NHL stipulates that each team has an All-Star representative, whether they deserve one or not. For many years, the Panthers probably did not have an All-Star worthy player, but now they have two. Roberto Luongo was one of the goaltenders and Aaron Ekblad was a defenseman for Team Toews. Luongo is used to the All-Star festivities, but Ekblad, as a rookie was getting his first taste. He too Erik Johnson's spot, but he should earn his own way on to the All Star roster many times in the future, which is good news for the Panthers.
1/21/15: Perhaps the Florida Panthers can chalk this up to no good deed goes unpunished. After securing one of the better swings through Western Canada, winning four of six games (that is really good, especially for a southeast team), the Panthers had trouble getting out of Winnipeg. No, not referring to the 8-2 loss to the Jets, but rather problems with the jet that they were travelling on. They ended up with a 12 hour delay due to mechanical problems, which is probably better than they deserved after a 14,000 road trip. At least the Panthers are in good shape in the standings and have a real shot at making the playoffs.
1/14/15: The Florida Panthers are riding a bit of a hot streak, having shown Western Canada what South Florida hockey is all about. The team beat the Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers all on the road. That has the Florida Panthers staying in fifth place in the Atlantic Division, but the Panthers still have three games in hand. As it has been all season, scoring goals is still an issue for Florida as they only average 2.5 goals per game. The Team returns home this week to host Colorado on Thursday, Edmonton on Saturday and Vancouver on Monday.
1/7/15: The Florida Panthers are flying under the radar this season, though that is not a bad thing. Due to scheduling quirks, the Panthers have played three to four less games than most of their Eastern Conference rivals. It also means that the 41 points they had earned by the end of 2014 looks worse than it really is. Assuming they would win those games in hand, they would be on the bubble for a playoff spot. Still, there is the issue of scoring goals, which the Panthers are not good at. They rank among the lowest in the league in goals per game at 2.34. Fortunately, they are very strong defensively and only give up 2.66 goals per game. But they will have to find a scoring touch if they are going to make the playoffs at all.
12/3/14: Florida is finally starting to catch up with the rest of the league in games played. Through November, they have competed in 21 contests, while most of the league is at 23 or 24. Catching up an extra game or two is now showing in the standings, where they finished the month at 9-6-6 - good for 24 points and tied for sixth in the Atlantic Division. Assuming that they would win three more games to get to league average in games played, they would have 30 points, which would put them near a playoff position. They still need to learn to score, though, as they have only tallied 45 markers on the season.
11/19/14: The Florida Panthers continue to fly under the radar, but actually have a pretty good team. It is not reflected well in the standings, partly because the Atlantic Division has been pretty strong this season, partly because they are in South Florida and partly because they have played less games than anyone else due to a scheduling quirk. Even with the shootout loss to the red-hot New York Islanders, the Panthers are still above .500 on the season. They showed moxie by battling back from a 3-1 deficit in the third period to at least preserve a point. The Panthers are on a West Coast road trip this week and return home on Monday to face the Minnesota Wild.
11/12/14: Roberto Luongo continues to shine for the Panthers, who may be the sneaky good team of the year. We really won't know anything until they play more games. Through their first 11 (while other teams have played 15), they have a respectable 4-3-4 record, good for 12 points and second to last (ahead of Buffalo). They are only giving up about 2.2 goals per game, which is great, but have only managed 16 goals all season, which is terrible. Florida may not be ready to make 'the leap' this season, but with the addition of some offensive help, they may be ready in the near future.
11/5/14: It seems like the Florida Panthers do not play many games. And that is true so far. Due to schedule quirks, the Panthers had only played eight games through last Saturday. By comparison, the Bruins had played 13. Somewhat surprisingly, the Panthers are 3-2-3. That being said, no one scores less than Florida. They have managed only 12 goals, or averaging 1.5 per game. For comparison, the Lightning have scored 42, or 3.5 per game. Florida has a lot of games on the schedule this week: at Philadelphia (Thursday), followed by a homestand with Calgary (Saturday), San Jose (Tuesday), and the Islanders (following Friday).
10/29/14: The Florida Panthers seem like they are just treading water these days. The team fell 2-1 in overtime to the host Arizona Coyotes last Saturday, and that seems to be a theme. The loss left them at 2-2-3 on the season, meaning they are playing some tight games, but unable to get that last goal to win. In that span, the team has given up 16 goals, which is just over two goals per game on average - pretty good. The problem is that they have only scored 10 goals, and 1.5 goals per game will not win very often in the NHL. That figure should improve over time with more experience. The Panthers have the Coyotes again on Thursday (at home), followed by the Philadelphia Flyers coming to town on Saturday.
10/22/14: The introduction of the trap defense, bigger players and bigger pads has made the NHL a much more defensive game than it used to be. Common logic indicates there are less goals and more shutouts these days than, say, 20 or 30 years ago. Still, a shutout is impressive and Panthers' goalies Roberto Luongo earned the 67th of his career last week by blanking the Buffalo Sabres 1-0. The shutout put Luongo past former Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche goalie (and current Avs head coach) Patrick Roy for 13th place all time. In a current context, the Sabres have now gone 183 minutes without scoring on Luongo, which is over three regulation games.
3/13/13: Fresh off a 2012 Southeast Division title, the Florida Panthers find themselves in the cellar of the division and the Eastern Conference. An injury to top netkeeper Jose Theodore hasn't helped, as the Panthers are surrendering an excruciating 3.7 goals a game. Pair that statistic with the fact they only net 2.4 a game and well, you can understand why this team is just 7-14-6 through March 12. One of the lone bright spots for Florida has come from young, upcoming star Jonathan Huberdeau, who leads the team with 12 goals and 17 points despite being just 19 years of age. As with many teams, there is still time to get back in the playoff hunt, but the Panthers must act fast with over half the season completed.
4/24/12 - Blowing another lead against the Panthers, this game looked like a repeat of Game 3 when the Panthers came back from a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3 in New Jersey. But this time, Travis Zajac made sure that would not be the case scoring 5:39 into overtime to send the series back to Florida. The Panthers had a great chance before this but Brodeur and the Devils defense were able to get the puck out to Ilya Kovalchuk who led the final rush that led to Zajac's goal. At the middle of the second period the Devils were up 2-0 on a goal by 4th liner Steve Bernier and a power-play goal from Kovalchuk. The Panthers tied the game 2-2 before the period was over though with goals from Kris Versteeg and Sean Bergenheim. The Winner of Game 7 on Thursday will advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
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It's been tough sledding for the Florida Panthers in recent years, but the team looks to take big steps forward by focusing on its youth. Last season didn't begin the way the Panthers planned, but encouragement and hope comes with the hiring of Dale Tallon, who helped build a Chicago Blackhawks team that won the Stanley Cup in 2010. With first-round draft picks Erik Gudbranson and Quinton Howden maturing into professionals, the Panthers have a core of hungry young players working to get the franchise back to the Stanley Cup finals.
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The Panthers had a very active offseason this summer, signing several free agents. The Panthers added Tomas Kopecky, Scottie Upshall, Ed Jovanovski, Tomas Fleischmann, Jose Theodore, Sean Bergenheim, Marcel Goc, and Matt Bradley. They also added Brian Campbell and Kris Versteeg via trade. What a summer. The Panthers will compete with the Washington Capitals this season for the Southeast Division title. Don't miss a game!
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|Apr 11, 2015||New Jersey Devils - Florida Panthers||2 - 3|
|Apr 9, 2015||Boston Bruins - Florida Panthers||2 - 4|
|Apr 5, 2015||Montreal Canadiens - Florida Panthers||4 - 1|
|Apr 4, 2015||Tampa Bay Lightning - Florida Panthers||4 - 0|
|Apr 2, 2015||Carolina Hurricanes - Florida Panthers||1 - 6|
|Mar 31, 2015||Florida Panthers - Boston Bruins||2 - 3|
|Mar 29, 2015||Florida Panthers - Ottawa Senators||4 - 2|
|Mar 28, 2015||Florida Panthers - Montreal Canadiens||2 - 3|
|Mar 26, 2015||Florida Panthers - Toronto Maple Leafs||4 - 1|
|Mar 24, 2015||Florida Panthers - Tampa Bay Lightning||3 - 4|
|Mar 21, 2015||Boston Bruins - Florida Panthers||1 - 2|
|Mar 19, 2015||Detroit Red Wings - Florida Panthers||1 - 3|
|Mar 17, 2015||Montreal Canadiens - Florida Panthers||3 - 2|
|Mar 15, 2015||Florida Panthers - New York Rangers||1 - 2|
|Mar 14, 2015||Florida Panthers - Carolina Hurricanes||2 - 0|
|Mar 12, 2015||Winnipeg Jets - Florida Panthers||2 - 4|
|Mar 7, 2015||New York Islanders - Florida Panthers||3 - 4|
|Mar 5, 2015||Dallas Stars - Florida Panthers||4 - 3|
|Mar 3, 2015||Toronto Maple Leafs - Florida Panthers||3 - 2|
|Mar 1, 2015||Tampa Bay Lightning - Florida Panthers||3 - 4|