While much of the blame for the Panthers current 15th-place status in the bunched-up Eastern Conference can be traced to their 30th-ranked power play that has been missing in action, the other half of their special teams has provided a feng shui-like balance.
The Panthers' penalty-killing units may be ranked a misleading 28th, but until Tuesday's 4-3 victory over the Sabres, that number was only exceeded by killing off 29 straight power plays over a franchise-high 10-game stretch (5-3-2).
The franchise record is 36 straight kills in 2004, according to STATS.
And other than goalie Tim Thomas, no one has stood taller on the PK than 5-foot-9 veteran defenseman Mike Weaver, whose long arms and stick make up for him usually being the shortest player on the ice.
"It's about structure,'' said Weaver, 35, who notched a career-high plus-5 with a team-leading three blocks in Monday's stunning 5-1 rout of the mighty Penguins and another four blocks Tuesday.
"Before the PK guys were unsure...