Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/18/15

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 17: Mike Weaver #43 of the St. Louis Blues skates against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on October 17, 2009 in Anaheim, California. The Blues defeated the Ducks 5-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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...
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