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Venue: BB&T Center | Coach: Gerard Gallant
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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.
It may only be December, but who would have seen the Panthers being a ROW tiebreaker away from the last wild card spot at this stage of the season? Alright, now who saw it coming with the third fewest goals for in the league?
Aaron Ekblad may be having one of the best performances by an 18-year-old defenseman in a long, long time. With 17 points, he is tied for 10th in the NHL among defensemen.
The Panthers goal scoring continues to lag, as they're 28th in the league with 2.04 per game. It's not enough to make them competitive, but they're still giving a lot of opponents fits this year.
This is a scrappy hockey club, no doubt. They need to start scoring more before anyone starts singing their praises, though. At least they're over two goals per game now.
The Panthers have points in nine of their last 11 games. Their lack of scoring can be explained in part by a seriously low shooting percentage. Roberto Luongo has been giving this team a chance most nights.
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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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