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Venue: BB&T Center | Coach: Gerard Gallant
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The Panthers have yet to take advantage of the window the Bruins opened for them with a 2-4-1 record over the last two weeks. The rest of the season is going to be quite the learning experience.
The Panthers have had a golden opportunity in front of them to gain ground on the Bruins and have responded with three straight losses. This is a young team with a lot to learn, but they're not out of this race just yet.
The Panthers still own the ninth best record in the East. It's not good enough to get them into the playoffs, but this year is an important building block to keep pushing the younger players forward.
Florida's young team is learning the hard way about the roller coaster nature of the NHL season. Just weeks ago, the Panthers looked like a possible playoff team, but they've crashed back to earth with seven losses in their last eight games.
The Panthers appeared to be a little team that could this year, but as the big boys of the East woke up, it made it tougher to keep up. Florida is currently seven points out of a playoff spot, despite being ninth in the East.
Four straight losses have the Panthers reeling. It all started with an 8-2 drubbing from Winnipeg and it's been kind of a downward spiral since with the offense going south.
The Panthers are starting to look like a team the rest of the league should be wary of. They've won four of their last fiv, all on the road, and have proven to be a tough team to close out. Fifteen of their games have been decided outside of regulation.
As my colleague Adam Gretz wrote recently, the Panthers may have a legit top power forward in Nick Bjugstad. Roberto Luongo's health is in question now though, and he's their key to success.
How 'bout them Panthers? As the kids continue to grow under Gerard Gallant, the Cats are getting more and more fun to watch. They've been surviving, which doesn't bode well for the long-term, but their recent hot streak has been great to see.
The Panthers have not always been pretty this year, but they've been competitive in a ton of close games. They've won four of their last six and all four of those wins have come via the shootout.
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If the Panthers have any hopes of turning around their attendance woes, they may want to figure out what's ailing them over the first three games of the year. Scoring may be a real issue for this club.
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