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The Panthers had such a fun season on so many levels. They made franchise history with 47 wins and 103 points. Not only that, they're surging into the postseason having won seven of their last nine games. Their path to the Eastern Conference Final is somewhat favorable.
The Panthers have officially clinched a playoff spot and are in the driver's seat to win the division. They've also set the franchise records for wins and points and can't seem to stop winning now. They could be a fun team to follow this postseason, as they have been all year.
If the Panthers are going to win the Atlantic this year, their dominance over their Floridian rival Tampa Bay will be a big reason. The Cats won four of their five games against the Lightning, their closest competitor in the standings.
The Panthers have had a few concerning losses of late, but wins in four of seven have them in first in the Atlantic Division. They've been getting help from the other teams in the Atlantic as all appear to be struggling a little more than normal right now.
The Panthers have struggled a bit of late, most recently blowing a 2-0 lead to the Islanders. It's dropped Florida to third place in the Atlantic, but they're still just one point out of first.
The Panthers have slipped out of first place following three straight losses, but Jaromir Jagr continues to roll. He has nine points over his last nine games and continues to pace the team with 49 points.
Dale Tallon got aggressive, but didn't have to overspend to make his team better. Jiri Hudler and Teddy Purcell will be great additions to the forward lineup, while Jakub Kindl brings some depth to the blue line. They're loaded up for their playoff run.
We talk a lot about the milestones he has reached this year and the production he's afforded the Panthers, but what about the example Jaromir Jagr has given Florida's young players? They're getting a lesson in work ethic and it's paying off in the wins column, too.
Jaromir Jagr turned 44 on Monday. He is only three points away from matching the best season ever by a player his age. His 40 points tie him with Jonathan Huberdeau for the team lead. Meanwhile, the Cats have maintained their five-point lead on the Atlantic.
The Panthers dropped their last two and now have to be worried about the health of Aleksander Barkov. He took a big hit in the 3-0 loss to the Red Wings and could be sidelined for multiple games. That leaves a huge hole in their lineup.
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The Panthers are going to be a fun team to watch all year. The youngsters look up to the task to keeping Florida in the playoff conversation and it doesn't hurt that Jaromir Jagr looks good early.
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